Week 14 (January 24)
(This is dependent on where students are in the writing process. If students have not written drafts, you will peer edit your mind maps, and we will review the assessment form.)
- Draft peer editing and assessment. Please use the assessment form.
- Based on the feedback you received, revise your papers.
- Use Grammarly and Hemingwayapp to check your papers.
- Print out 2 copies and bring them to the next class.
- Remember to bring all your mind maps, outlines, and drafts for this paper.
Week 13 (January 17)
Week 12 (January 10)
- Scheduling and important dates.
- Review of cause and effect essays.
- Final assignment discussion.
- Topic selection.
- Begin to find sources that support your ideas.
- Take notes on your reading and include the citations.
- Make a mind map or outline for your final essay. Please include citations.
- Print out 2 copies of your mind map or outline and bring them to the next class.
Week 11 (December 20)
- In class writing test general comments.
- Discussion about cause and effect essays.
- What is a cause and effect essay?
- Clearly define cause and effect?
- How does a writer show/prove a cause/effect relationship?
- How would you organize a cause and effect essay?
- Richard Feynman article discussion.
- What was his main point/argument?
- How did he frame the argument?
- What is the general outline of the article?
- How did Feynman break down the relevant issues?
- Did he provide both sides of an argument? If yes, did he do this in a balanced manner? Please provide examples.
- How did he explain the cause(s) and effects?
- What were his conclusions and recommendations?
Week 10 (December 13)
- Checking your definitions.
- In class writing test.
- Introduction to cause and effect essays.
You have lots of reading this week. Please complete it by our next writing class.
- Please read "Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle" by Richard Feynman.
- Please read the handout I gave you about cause and effect essays.
Week 9 (December 6)
- In your groups, define the following terms using your own words:
- Expository essay.
- Descriptive essay.
- Narrative essay.
- Argumentative/persuasive essay.
- Next, discuss which of the essay types you will use for your thesis.
- Explain the properties that are useful and how you would use them in your thesis. It might be helpful to think of which essay type or its properties would be used in a specific section.
- Peer editing of summaries.
- Make a list of 10 key terms you will need in your research.
- Write a precise definition of each term with a maximum of 2 sentences. Don’t forget the “12 word” rule.
- Print out 2 copies of your definitions and bring them to class.
Week 8 (November 29)
- Review from day 1.
- Peer editing of paragraphs.
- Please read the following articles from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:
- After finishing the reading, write a approximately 250 words summarizing the main ideas. Please make sure to properly cite what you are referencing. Print out 2 copies (try to use recycled paper) and bring them to class.
Week 7 (November 22)
Week 6 (November 15)
- Based on the feedback you received in class rewrite your paragraphs.
- Have a cohort member check your paragraphs using the Google form we used in class. Print out three copies on recycled paper and bring them to the next class.
Week 5 (November 8)
- Review about rules for writing.
- Peer editing of homework, with an emphasis on supporting and detail sentences.
- Useful academic phrases for papers. This is pretty much a complete list of all the phrases you will ever need.
- Using citations and the IEEE style guide.
- Using last week's assignment as a starting point, write 1 paragraph about reading workflows, and 1 paragraph about note taking workflows. Each paragraph should include at least 2 in-text citations using IEEE style. In addition, use at least 2 phrases from the Useful academic phrases for papers.
- Similar to last week, make sure that at minimum, one member of your cohort edits your paragraphs.
- Print out 2 copies and bring them to class.
Week 4 (November 1)
- Review and homework check.
- Paragraph structure.
- Topic sentences.
- Supporting sentences.
- Detail and example sentences.
- Cohesion and coherence.
- Write a properly structured paragraph about graduate students needing a reading and note taking workflow.
- Use Grammarly and Hemingway to check your paragraph.
- Have at least one member of your cohort peer edit your paragraph.
- Print out 2 copies of your paragraph and bring them to the next class.
Week 3 (October 25)
- Writing exercise peer editing.
- Mind mapping.
- Abstract and concrete language exercises.
- Based on the work using the abstract and concrete language worksheet, revise your mind maps.
- Add additional levels of detail to each node.
- Create an outline based on your mind map.
- Print out your outline and bring it to the next class.
Week 2 (October 18)
- Review (what else?).
- Free writing explanation and activity.
- Peer editing.
- What should a peer editor check? Make a list.
- Using writing apps and services.
- Revise your room description so that it meets the following criteria:
- Zero adjectives.
- All sentences are 12 words or less.
- Zero grammar errors.
- Is structured using an organizing principle.
- Make a mind map of your research topic using a mind map app. Print it out and bring it to class.
Week 1 (October 11)
- Course introduction
- Review of EAP class
- Discussion: How is academic writing different from technical writing?
- Rules for writing.
- Be concise.
- Be precise.
- Be clear, transparently clear.
- Simple is better than complicated.
- Use simple sentence structures such as SVO.
- No sentence longer than 12 words.
- Most importantly, write for your reader.
- Writing with precision.
Sign up for a Google account if you do not have one already.
Use your Google credentials to sign up for the mind mapping app MindMup. If you already use a mind mapping app, please feel free to use it. If you want to use a different app, please do so. Just make sure you have a mind-mapping app. Please become familiar with using the app.
Use MindMup (or any other mind mapping app you like) to organize your ideas about your possible research topics and research questions. Save your mind map as a PDF file, print it out, and bring it to next week’s class.
Finish writing your room or apartment description, print it out, and bring it to class next week.
Hemingwayapp. Check passive voice, readability, use of adverbs and adjectives.
Grammarly Check basic grammar.
Purdue Online Writing Lab. Almost everything you need to know about academic writing.