Writing 1


Week 14 (January 22)

Classwork

  • Comments on outlines and citations from week 12.
  • Student/teacher consultations.
  • Peer editing of first drafts.
  • All class editing.

Homework

  • Based on the feedback you received in class, revise your first drafts.
  • Submit your hw by email attachment. The subject line of your email should be: 2018 W1 week 14 hw.
  • Save your file as: assigned student number_2018_w1_week14hw.
  • The deadline is January 28, 23:59.
  • Please print out 2 copies of your hw and bring them to class.

Week 13 (January 15)

Classwork

  • Check works cited assignment.
  • Group work and teacher consultations on outlines/mind maps.
    • Please make sure that your outline/mind map has the proper structure for each paragraph.
    • Check your classmates work to make sure the ideas are logically connected.

Homework

  • Use the feedback you received in class to modify your outline/mind map.
  • Write the first draft of your final assignment, which will 3 body paragraphs with citations, and make sure to revise it at least 2 times before submitting your work.
  • Submit your hw by email attachment. The subject line of your email should be: 2018 W1 week 13 hw.
  • Save your file as: assigned student number_2018_w1_week13hw.
  • The deadline is January 21, 23:59.
  • Please print out 2 copies of your hw and bring them to class.

Week 12 (January 8)

Classwork

  • In-class writing activity: tell us about your winter break.
  • Final paper topic review.
  • Review of logical order exercises. Please see Week 11 below.
  • Review of outlining and mind mapping.

Homework

  • Revise your first draft of your outline/mind map.
  • Print out 2 copies and bring them to class.
  • Make sure you have at 4-5 sources that you can cite.
  • Make sure you understand APA citation formatting.
  • Make a list of your works cited and print out the page. Put your name and assigned number in the top-left corner.

Week 11 (December 18)

  • HW check.
  • A little bit more about using a reference manager.
  • Logical order exercises.
  • Peer editing of of outlines/mind maps.

Homework

  • Enjoy your winter break.

Resources


Week 10 (December 11)

Classwork

  • Microsoft Word statistics information.
  • Whole class editing.
  • Final paper topic selection.
  • APA in-text citation and reference formatting.
    • Why you should use a reference manager.

Homework

  • Begin to research the topic decided in class today.
  • Take notes about your reading and make sure you record the sources.
  • Make a basic outline or mind map.
  • Bring the outline or mind map to the next class.


Week 9 (December 4)

Classwork

  • Peer editing of note taking paragraph.

    Homework

  • Revise your paragraph based on the feedback you received in class.

  • Please print out 2 copies of your paragraph and bring them to class.

  • Email me your revised paragraph. The email subject line should be: Writing 1 week10 homework. The files should be saved as Fx_week10_homework.

Week 8 (November 27)

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Peer editing of paragraph.

Homework

  • Based on the feedback you receive in class, revise your paragraph.
  • Add 1 more supporting sentence.
  • For each supporting sentence, add 2 more detail and example sentences.
  • Use Gramarly and the Hemingway.app to check your paragraph before printing and submitting.
  • Print out 2 copies of your paragraph and bring them to class.
  • Email your paragraph to me, following the directions I give you in class.

Week 7 (November 20)

No class


Week 6 (November 13)

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Homework check.
  • Irrelevant sentences.
    • Activity 7.
  • More work on supporting sentences.
    • Activity 8.
  • Checking your understanding.
    • Activity 11.

Homework

  • Write a paragraph using this topic sentence: University students need to take notes.
  • The paragraph should have 3 supporting sentences (level 2).
  • For each supporting sentence, write 1 detail and example sentence (level 3).
  • All your sentences should be relevant.
  • Check your paper for typos, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and word choice.
  • Properly format your work:
    • Name, assigned student number, and due date in the top left corner. This should be single spaced.
    • Use Times Roman 12 font.
    • Double space your paragraph.
  • Print out 2 copies of your work and bring it to class.

Week 5 (November 6)

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Homework check.
    • Check your classmates paper for the following:
      • Topic sentences have a topic and a controlling idea.
      • There is one clear topic for each topic sentence.
      • There is one and only one controlling idea for each topic sentence.
      • The controlling idea is not too general nor too specific.
      • Grammar and syntax are correct.
  • Supporting sentences. Please go to this link from Cengage and National Geographic: Supporting and concluding sentences.
    • Activities 1-4.

Homework

  • Activity 5 and 6 from the link above.

Week 4 (October 30)

Classwork

  • Plagiarism review.
  • Please help my zemi student with her research.

    • This is completely voluntary. You do not have to participate. It has zero affect on your grade. If you choose not to participate, then please work on your free writing.
    • If you choose to participate, your results will be completely anonymous to both my zemi student and me. Your privacy is ensured.

    Homework

    • Please write 5 topic sentences for paragraphs about YNU education. For example:

      • YNU classes use group work.
      • YNU has international students which can increase global awareness.

Week 3 (October 23)

Classwork

Homework


Week 2 (October 16)

Classwork

  • How to review.
  • Review.
  • Free writing.
  • Examples of imprecise language.
  • Peer editing of room description.
    • Check for adjectives ambiguous words.
    • Check sentence length (12 words or less).
    • Subject-verb agreement and tense.
    • Word choice.
    • Irrelevant sentences.
  • Introduction to paragraphs and paragraph structure.

    Homework

  • Based on the feedback you received in class today, rewrite your room description. Print out 2 copies and bring them to class.


Week 1

Classwork

Course introduction
In this course you will learn:
  • What is a paragraph.
  • How to build a paragraph.
    • Topic sentences.
    • Supporting sentences.
    • Detail and example sentences.
  • How to use concrete language.
  • How to write simple, clear, and understandable sentences.
  • How to use citations and references.
  • How to take notes.
  • How to plan, outline, draft, and revise your paragraphs.
  • How to edit your classmates’ paragraphs.
  • How to use online writing services to help you write better.
About each class
  • Lectures will be short, usually 10-15 minutes.
  • You will spend most of your time working alone or in groups.
  • Most tasks/activities will be based on the homework.
  • Every class will begin and end with a review session.
  • You will spend 10 minutes doing free-writing.
  • You will have homework almost every week
  • You must take notes for every class.
Grading
  • Homework and classwork 20%.
  • Free writing 20%.
  • Outlines, drafts 20%.
  • Final assignment 40%.

This is an “active learning” class. To learn you must do the classwork and homework. If you do not come to class, you cannot do the “active learning”.

Textbook
  • There is no textbook.
  • You will be able to download everything from this website.
Expectations
  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn.
  • Take notes.
  • Sae your papers and assignments.
  • If you use a computer or other device, that you will back up your data.
  • Use appropriate language and manners in the class.
  • Tell me if you do not understand.
  • Official course syllabus
  • What is academic writing?
  • What is free writing?

    Homework

  • Format your paper this way:

    • Use A4 paper. Recycled paper is best.
    • Set the document to double spacing. If you do not know what is double spacing or how to set your document to double spacing, please Google it.
    • In the top left corner, type your name, student number, and the date of the next class.
    • Hit the return/enter key 3 times.
  • Write a 250 word description of your room or apartment. Use a computer to write your room description. Print out 1 copy of your room description and bring it to class.

    • If you do not have a printer, then you will have to use a school printer.
    • Please do not tell me that you could not print the homework, since YNU has printers.
    • Please do not print your homework just before you come to class. You will probably be late.