Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 3

1. Attendance
2. Writer's Help
3. E-mail Manners
4. Interpreting Writing Prompts
  • What is a writing prompt?
  • Analyze prompt together
  • Analyze second prompt in groups
5. Thesis Statements & Outlines
  • Thesis Statements (see powerpoint here)
  • Outlining Basics (see powerpoint here)
  • Revise Sample Outlines
Next Class: Paragraph Development & PIE Structure

Diagnostic Revision Process Assignment
Reverse Outline your diagnostic assignment using the rules you learned about outlines. Please upload the outline template, here. The outline is due 9/11. Then upload it to the Diagnostic Essay Outline folder, here. It is worth 5% of your grade!

Writer's Help Exercises
Please do the following two exercises.:
All Uses of the Comma
Using Articles 1
They are due the next class 9/9. You should be able to find the articles on the link. If you can't please search for the article. You can use Writer's Help to give you guidance on how to do the exercises or you are welcome to visit me during my office hours.

Remember Reflection #1 Essay is due today. Please put it in the folder called Reflection Essay #1, hereEvery day the paper is late, the credit drops 25%. Please do not do it late,as it is easy points! Please name it NetIDReflection1. My netID is kbecker4, so I would name the file kbecker4Reflection1.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 2

1. Attendance
2. Diagnostic Test
  • Write the following on the top of your diagnostic in a Microsoft Word document:
    • Name, UIN, netID, ESL 111 K
  • Name the file NETID_ESL111_MW For example, my netID is kbecker4, so I would name the file KBECKER4_ESL111_MW
  • The file must be .doc or .rtf
  • You must be registered for this course to take the diagnostic.
  • Only use Microsoft Word. No dictionary, no cell phones, only Microsoft Word. 
  • Return the prompt booklet following the test. 
  • Only writing utensils and scratch paper beside you. 
3. Brainstorming
Ways to come up with a topic:
  • Talking
  • Listing
  • Free Writing
  • Clustering
  • Questions
4. Prewriting

Next Class: Interpreting Writing Prompts and Formal Outlines

Reflection Essay #1, Due next Wednesday, 9/4. Thanks to Labor Day, the essay is due next class.
Every day the paper is late, the credit drops 25%. Please put it in the folder Reflection Essay #1 before class starts.Please name it NetIDReflection1. My netID is kbecker4, so I would name the file kbecker4Reflection1.

What was the most positive writing experience in your academic (school) life, either in your own language or in English? What kinds of events, actions, or help from others, led to such experience? What process did you go through? This essay is not graded for grammar, but quality of content. Please try to write at least two paragraphs.

Day 1

1. Attendance check
2. Basic Housekeeping
  • Should you be registered for this course?
  • ATLAS LAB Rules
3. Tech
  • Dropbox
  • Writer's Help
  • Gmail and google docs
  • Prezi

4. Introduction to the Course
5. About the Diagnostic 
6. Icebreaker
7. Positive Writing Experiences (if time)

Next Class: Diagnostic and Positive Writing Experiences

  • Fill out questionnaire. Linked here. (Adapted by Kathleen Becker, Created by Eunice Nam)
  • Upload your photo to the dropbox folder I sent via e-mail. Please name the photo with your NETID. For example, kbecker4.jpg.  Any image file is fine!
  • Read the Course Introduction document on our course website.