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GEN 100

Writing Workshop

Class Log

Week 3, Class 2 (May 14)

In this class:

  • I asked if there were any questions about Parts of Speech and Sentence structure;
  • We took a second quiz on those topics;
  • We finished discussing the PCW Reading on Thesis statements;
  • We continued to discuss plagiarism;
  • We talked about Tiger Parenting, and I gave a more detailed weekend assignment for researching about tiger families;
  • We discussed the next steps (outlining) in Essay #1;
  • I reviewed the Phrases (Noun, Verb, Gerund, Participial, and Infinitive)—we will continue with the rest next week;

Homework Assignments

#1

Essay #1: Mini Outline

As I approve your Step 1D homework, you must move on to doing Step 2A: Making a Mini-Outline. I will set a due date of Saturday or Sunday, but please make sure that you work on the Mini-Outline and finish it as soon as you can. Students still working on 1D may be given deadline extensions if they have been doing their work in a timely manner.

Watch this video about Creating a Mini-Outline in Google Docs.

Due Date: This weekend.

#2

Essay #1: Full Outline

After I approve your Mini Outline, you must go ahead and start immediately on your Full Outline, which is a more detailed version of your Mini Outline. Please read this handout of Step 2B: Creating a Full Outline.

The purpose of this outline is to help you test the examples you chose, and get a better idea of whether or not you can really fill up the example with specific details.

Due Date: Tuesday, May 19, at 9:00 p.m.

#3

Phrases & Clauses

Review your readings on Phrases, and then watch this video about Dependent Clauses, which we will study after we finish Phrases.

Also read HHH pages 28-33 (1f: Clauses), and the Web Page on Clauses.

Due Date: by the start of Week 4 Class 1.

#4

Tiger Parenting: Slightly More Formal Research

Please do the following by class on Tuesday:

  • Research as many different types of parenting as you can find (e.g., tiger, dolphine, free-range, etc.);
  • Using Google or whatever other research tools you wish, find three stories about actual life in tiger families. Be ready to discuss them.

Due Date: by the start of Week 4 Class 1.

Week 3, Class 1 (May 12)

In this class:

  • We discussed Sentence Structure;
  • We took a Quiz on Sentence Structure.
  • I gave everyone a handout about Doing Step 2A: Making a Mini-Outline.
  • I gave everyone a handout about Body Paragraph Example Details.
  • We talked about your next step in Essay #1, Creating an Outline, and practiced in Google Docs.
  • We started to discuss the PCW reading on Thesis Statements
  • We will continue discussion of Amy Chua and Tiger Parents, as well as Plagiarism, on Friday.
  • Homework Assignments

    #1

    Coninue On

    You should:

    • Finish Doing Essay #1 Step D
    • Make sure that you have finished your Chua reading recation assignment
    • Make sure you have reviewed the materials on Phrases
    • Make sure you have read the PCW reading assignments from before
    • Make sure that you have completed the Plagirism Quiz
    • Be ready for a Parts of Speech and Sentence structure test for the first class next week.
    #2

    Create Sentences with Complements

    Make a new Google Doc in your "Other Work" folder in your shared GEN 100 folder. Make sure that it is in the correct format.

    Write a total of six sentences:

    • Write two sentences with a direct and indirect object;
    • Write two sentences with a subject complement;
    • Write two sentences with an object complement.

    Make sure that each sentence uses a different verb than the others.

    Due Date: Bring to the class for the Week 3, Class 2 lesson

    #3

    Begin Informal Research on Tiger Families

    Surf the web. Look for stories. Find explanations. See if you can discover anything about different types of parenting. Look for positive and negative information about tiger parenting. Take notes. There is nothing to hand in, just be ready to discuss.

    Due Date: By start of class Week 3, Class 2

Week 2, Class 2 (May 7)

In this class:

  • We took a quiz on Parts of Speech;
  • We discussed the PCW reading on Brainstorming;
  • We went over the current steps in Essay #1, Step 1C; I made a few points about the examples
  • I then demonstrated how to do the next step, Step 1D, showing how to group the examples into Aspects, which will become your essay's topic sentences;
  • We further reviewed plagiarism by looking at test questions;
  • We confirmed everyone understanding Step 2 of the Google Drive handout;
  • We went over Sentence Structure, going over the Subject, Predicate, Complements, and Adjuncts;

Homework Assignments

#1

Essay #1, Step 1D

Read this handout on Essay #1 Step 1D to see how to do the next step in Essay #1.

Also, watch this video showing how to do Step 1D. In the video, I say "1C," but please ignore that. The video is about Step 1D. (I changed the number of steps after I made this video.)

Go to your shared folder, then enter your Essay #1 folder. Create a new Google Docs file, and give it the name Yourname - E1 Aspects. Copy your list of examples from Step 1C, and paste them here. Then follow the instruction in the handout and the video.

Due Date: by 11:00 p.m., Thursday, May 13.

#2

Read HHH, pages 20-27 (1e: Phrases); we will discuss phrases in class next week in the first class.

In addition, please watch the video about Phrases.

Finally, also read the Web Page on Phrases. After these readings and video, I hope you will understand Phrases in general. Please be prepared to ask any questions about Phrases in class in the first class meeting next week.

Due Date: by the Start of Class, Week 3 Class 1.

#3

PCW Reading

Please read PCW: pages 40-45; (Ch. 2: Thesis Statements).

Due Date: by the Start of Class, Week 3 Class 1.

#4

Do the previousy assigned Amy Chua Reading Reaction assignment.

Re-read the Amy Chua reading, but this time, prepare to find and write about the following:

  1. Go to your Essay #2 Folder in your shared folder; open it up. Inside, create a new document. Give it the filename "Yourname - Chua Reading Reaction."
  2. In that file, write down the best possible Thesis statement for the entire article. It will probably not be written down in the article; instead, it will be implied. The best way to find it is to read the entire article, and try to summarize it in one clear, general sentence.
  3. Find at least three Main Ideas that Chua expresses (not the thesis statement, but supporting ideas). Each idea may take 2, 3, or more paragraphs to express. Summarize each main idea into a single sentence. Give me three of these.
  4. In response to the reading, write a paragraph (at least 10 sentences) giving your personal reactions and ideas to the article. Do not summarize it, or explain it. Write down your own feelings about what she discussed. You can choose any focus you wish.

Due Date: 6:00 p.m., the day before Week 3 Class 1.

Week 2, Class 1 (May 5)

In this class:

  • We finished covering the Parts of Speech; there will be a quiz on Friday;
  • We discussed Amy Chua's writing about tiger parents;
  • We talked about plagiarism and looked at examples of quoting text and paraphrasing;
  • We looked a little bit more at Google Drive, and how to do Homework using it.
  • We will do Sentence Structure in the second class this week.
  • In the next class (W2C2):
    • We will discuss Sentence Structure
    • We will cover more about Plagiarism
    • We will cover a little more about Google Drive and Docs
    • We will discuss the next step in Essay #1
    • If we have time, we will discuss the PCW reading

Homework Assignments

#1

Essay #1

You should be finishing Essay #1 Step 1C, Making a list of examples that could be used for your essay, based on your topic of a choice of a person and their character point. When you finish, your homework should look like the example shown in the handout.

After you finish Step 1C, then you can move on to Step 1D. In the second class this week, I will give you a handout on this next step, and you can watch a video showing you what to do for it. That will be homework for the weekend.

Due Date: Finish Step 1C at the time I mentioned to you previously.

#2

Read PCW (Patterns for College Writing)

Please read Chapter 2 ("Invention") in PCW, pages 27 ~ 40

Due Date: Before the Start of Week 2 Class 2

#3

Amy Chua Reading (due next week)

Re-read the Amy Chua reading, but this time, prepare to find and write about the following:

  1. Go to your Essay #2 Folder in your shared folder; open it up. Inside, create a new document. Give it the filename "Yourname - Chua Reading Reaction."
  2. In that file, write down the best possible Thesis statement for the entire article. It will probably not be written down in the article; instead, it will be implied. The best way to find it is to read the entire article, and try to summarize it in one clear, general sentence.
  3. Find at least three Main Ideas that Chua expresses (not the thesis statement, but supporting ideas). Each idea may take 2, 3, or more paragraphs to express. Summarize each main idea into a single sentence. Give me three of these.
  4. In response to the reading, write a paragraph (at least 10 sentences) giving your personal reactions and ideas to the article. Do not summarize it, or explain it. Write down your own feelings about what she discussed. You can choose any focus you wish.

Due Date: Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., the day before Week 3 Class 1.

#4

Sentence Structure

You should have watched the video and read the HHH assignments about Subjects, Predicates, Complements, and Adjuncts.

You must also read this page: Web Page on Sentence Structure as well as the Video on Sentence Structure.

Due Date: Before the Start of Week 2 Class 2.

Week 1, Class 2 (Apr. 30)

In Week 1, Class 2:

  • I asked if everyone viewed the Syllabus video, and if anyone had any questions;
  • I noted that I had received most of the Essay #1 Brainstorming submissions, but had not yet had time to organize or view them;
  • I explained more about the Essay #1 assignment, and gave a basic homework assignment for the weekend;
  • I asked if everyone had done the readings and watched the videos for "Parts of Speech," and then I reviewed the material and asked for questions;
  • I went over the basic definitions of Plagiarism, and noted that we will discuss it further in the next few weeks;
  • I asked everyone to take the Plagiarism Quiz after reading and reviewing the "What is Plagiarism?" handout. I noted that this quiz will not be graded and can be done at any time until next week's first class.
  • We went over Step 2 from the Google Drive Handout.

Be prepared for a quiz on Parts of Speech next week.

Homework Assignments

#1

Amy Chua — Tiger Mothers

Make sure that you have read the handout before Week 2 Class 1. Be ready to discuss parenting techniques in class.

Due Date: Start of class, Week 2 Class 1

#2

Essay #1: Choosing a Topic, Brainstorming Examples

This step in Essay #1 has two parts:

  1. Choose the best person and character point from your mapping (Due Saturday, May 1);
  2. Brainstorm a list of examples about that person's character, which you can use in your essay (Due Wed/Thu).

Please read this handout on E1 Steps 1B & 1C which explain and exemplify what you should do for this homework assignment.

Due Date: See the Handout for Section Deadlines

#3

Sentence Structure

After Parts of Speech, we will look at Sentence Structure, including Subjects, Predicates, Complements, and Adjuncts.

Please read the following pages in HHH:

  • HHH: p. 11-12 (1b: Subjects and predicates)
  • HHH: p. 13-16 (1c: Complements)
  • HHH: p. 17-20 (1d: Basic sentence patterns)

In addition, watch this video on Sentence Structure; you can also view the presentation files used for the video (PowerPoint and Keynote.)

Due Date: Start of class, Week 2 Class 1

#4

Plagiarism

Please read/re-read the "What is Plagiarism?" handout.

Take the Plagiarism Quiz. It will not be graded. We will discuss plagiarism more next week.

Due Date: Start of class, Week 2 Class 1

#5

Google Drive / Google Docs

In class, we reviewed Steps 1 and 2 of the Google Drive Handout. Please Do all of Step #2 as well (all the rest of the instructions for the handout).

Due Date: Start of class, Week 2 Class 1

Week 1, Class 1 (April 28)

Welcome to Writing Workshop!

In Week 1, Class 1:

Homework Assignments

#1

Read the Syllabus

I gave everyone the class syllabus. Please read the syllabus thoroughly.

Also, please watch the Syllabus Points Video, which goes over basic points about the syllabus which I did not cover in the class meeting.

Due Date: Week 1, Class 2

#2

Parts of Speech

Read the Hodges' Harbrace Handbook (which I will refer to as "HHH") pages 2-10 (1a: Parts of speech);

Go over the information on the web page on this site about Parts of Speech;

Also, watch the 1-hour video on Parts of Speech that I prepared.

Due Date: Week 1, Class 2

#3

Essay #1

Read the handout on the Essay #1 Basic Assignment. It will explain what Essay #1 will be about, and what steps you will take over the semester.

Then, do the Mapping Assignment which is described in the handout titled E1 - First Step: Brainstroming Assignment. Please also watch the video on the Essay #1 Mapping Assignment.

Do the assignment on paper, and then scan or photograph the finished work, and send it to me by email before the start of the second class.

Due Date: Week 1, Class 2

#4

Plagiarism

We will discuss plagiarism in detail in this class. We will begin with the handout on Plagiarism, which you must read before the next class.

Due Date: Week 1, Class 2

#5

Google Drive

Read the Google Drive Handout, and be prepared to do the actions described in the handout during our second class this week. If you want to do the steps by yourself before the class, you may also do that.

Due Date: Week 1, Class 2

#6

Amy Chua Reading

Read the article. Take notes about your thoughts and reactions to it. Be ready to discuss the details of this article in the first class next week.

Due Date: Week 2 Class 1