Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 12

1. Attendance
2. Speaking up in class.
3. Introducing primary wall!
4. Cause/Effect Part II

  • Remember the article? Let's talk about it. 
  • Go to primary wall. Please write a cause and effect sentence using cause and effect structure words. Use the article you were assigned to read last class as inspiration. (2 minutes maximum)
    • Discuss answers.
  • Make cause/effect of the article with markers on the board. You may get help from your neighbor, but don't use a dictionary.
    • Discuss answers
5. APA in-text citations
  • Paraphrasing time! Paraphrase this article. First you will quote, then paraphrase. Remember to use synonyms to help you. 
  • What is the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quotations?
    • Get into groups of three and write answers on this primary wall.
    • Discuss answers. 
    • There are many styles of citation, MLA, Chicago, Turbian. We will use APA. 
  • There are also two types of citation. Let's look at this handout and figure out both.
    • In-text
    • References
  • Now, apply what you learned! Interview your neighbor about "What do you love about the University of Illinois?" After the interview, write a sentence with a signal phrase and proper citation. 
Next Class: Process Paragraph

Writer's Help Exercise: Integrating sources in APA papers.

Suggested Reading: Writer's HelpCiting APA articles Purdue/OWL, Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

Cause/Effect Paragraph draft is due next Tuesday on October 8th. Remember to put in the Paragraphs Patterns> Cause/Effect folder on dropbox. Name it netidCauseEffect.rtf or.doc.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 11

1. Attendance
2. Announcements
  • Discuss Papers
  • Grades, grade discussion manners.
  • Draft of Compare/Contrast paragraph due today. Did you write a paragraph?
3. Cause/Effect 
-Watch this youtube video. What was the cause and effect? Discuss it with your neighbor.
-Sometimes cause and effect are more complicated, but still important to understand.
-Watch this video. Can you think of the cause and effect? What about contributing factors? ---Discuss it with your neighbor. Fill out the contributing factors sheet with your neighbor.
-Now, lets each make a star chart with the cause and effect of Facebook. I will give you a copy of the star chart now.
-Let's practice making cause/effect sentences with this chart
-Now using what you learned, write a paragraph with cause and effect. Tell me what happened in the youtube video using cause and effect signal words from the chart.

Next Class: Cause/Effect, APA In-text citations

A draft of Cause-effect is due a week from today on Tuesday, October 8th.
Please name it netidCauseEffect and put it in the cause/effect folder in the paragraph portfolio folder on dropbox. This draft must be a paragraph.

Didn't read the article last class? Read it for class next time. Click here.

Writer's Help Exercise: Idioms

Suggested Reading: Writer's Help on Cause/Effect

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day 10 9/26

1. Attendance
2. Discuss Survey responses.
3. Introduce new sections of course website.
4. Turn in your essay today!
5. Discuss Compare/Contrast article.
-Instead of the one assigned let's read this one.
-Fill out organization worksheets together. Look for one point to compare and contrast. 
6. Paraphrasing

Write a paraphrase with a partner in a blank microsoft word document.

-Original Passage:
The Champaign Police Department issued a press release stating they will have extra officers on patrol over Halloween weekend, focusing their efforts on the University of Illinois Campus. Chief of Police R.T. Finney stated in a press release, “These officers are specifically deployed to prevent campus attacks, but will identify, apprehend and arrest those who come to campus with the intent of preying on innocent victims.” The police department also issued safety tips for people on Halloween, stating to be aware of surroundings, stay in well-lit areas, walk confidently, follow gut instincts, be secure, be aware and to not travel under the influence. 

Next Class: Cause and Effect
Writer's Help Exercise: Misused words
Don't forget your Compare/Contrast paragraph is due next Tuesday. Please put it in the dropbox folder named Compare/Contrast.

Read this article for next class.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 9 9/24

1. Attendance
2. Spend a few minutes giving me feedback. Survey is here.
3. Common errors I am seeing in drafts
  • No indenting
  • Punctuation
  • Commas
4. How to Submit Your Essay on Compass 2g Safe Assign:
Step 1. Login to the Compass 2g website here.
Step 2. Click on ESL 111-Sections C, K, Introduction to Academic Writing
Step 3. Click on SafeAssign Submission on the left side.
Step 4. Name the file netidDiagnosticRevision and make the file an .rtf.
Step 5. Please put your UIN, NetID, Course Section, and name in class on the top of the document

5. Compare/Contrast Paragraphs

  • Watch this video
  • Compare in a group what is different between your culture and the US.  
  • Look at compare and contrast signal words, here.
  • Look at Paragraph 1 or 2, highlight the signal words you see.
  • Now look at this picture, here.
  • Compare how both pictures are similar. A comparison means similarities. Find three similarities. Use the signal words in the handout.
  • Contrast how both are different. A contrast means differences. Find three differences. Use the signal words in the handout.
  • Finish the handout as a class.

Next Class: Paraphrasing, Cause/Effect


-Submit your paper by Thursday 9/26 to Compass2g. I will deduct 25% from your grade everyday it is late.
-Write a paragraph that compares or contrasts your room in your home country and your room in Illinois. It should have a clear topic sentence and use at least four compare/contrast signal words from the Compare and Contrast Signals document.

It is due 10/01 before class. Please name it NetIDCompareContrast.doc or .rtf. Put your preferred class name and netID on the top of the document. Put in the folder Paragraph Patterns>Compare and Contrast. Use this document to help you write the paragraph. Do not just fill in the blanks, please write a paragraph
-Read this article for next class. There may be a quiz.

Day 7 9/17

1. Attendance
2. Discuss Outlines
3. Review Introductions
  • Hook
  • Background Information
  • Thesis Statement
4. Conclusions

Next Class: Avoiding Plagiarism, Review for Revision Essay

Homework: No Writer's Help. Spend tonight working on writing a good conclusion and introduction for your diagnostic revision essay.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day 8 9/19

1. Attendance
2. Finish conclusions
3. Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Let's do a scavenger hunt!!
  • Fill out this worksheet
  • 4. Review for Revision Essay
    • Thesis Statements
      • see this handout for in class activity
    • PIE
      • Point
      • Illustration
      • Explanation
    • Introductions
      • Hook
      • Background Information
      • Thesis
    Next Class: Compare & Contrast Paragraphs

    Revision of your diagnostic essay is due 9/26 by the beginning of class. Every day late, the score drops 25%. Your essay is worth 15% of your grade. Good luck! You will turn it in on Compass 2g, which I will show you in our next class. 

    No Writer's Help this weekend!

    Day 6 9/12

    1. Attendance Check
    2. Review Cohesive Devices
    • Repitition
    • Synonyms
    • Pronouns
    3. Transitions
    The ultimate transition resource:

    4.  Review PIE
     Let's do this handout in class.

    4. Introductions

    • Discuss this paragraph handout in groups
    • View this powerpoint.
    • Discuss this handout in groups.
    • Now, open Microsoft Word and write a thesis statement about capital punishment.
    • Then switch seats :)
    • Write a hook...
    • Then switch seats again :D

    Next Class: 
    Conclusions and Avoiding Plagiarism

    Writer's Help Exercises:

    Outlines are due Monday by 11:59 PM

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Day 5 9/10

    1. Attendance
    2. Review Paragraph Structure
    3. PIE (see powerpoint here)
    • Point
    • Illustration
    • Explanation
    4. Cohesive Devices/Transitions (see powerpoint here, see handout here)

    • Repetition
    • Synonyms
    • Pronouns
    • Transitions
      • GAME!!!
    Next Class: Introductions & Conclusions

    Diagnostic Essay Revision. Revise your original diagnostic essay using the skills you have learned so far. You have some time to write this essay, but keep the assignment in mind as we learn other material. This essay is due 9/24. You need to use your outline to write this essay.

    Watch these youtube videos to get extra help understanding transitions:
    Writing - Transitions - Therefore, Thus, Consequently [13:18]
    Writing - Transitions - In addition, Moreover, Furthermore, Another [9:45]

    Writer's Help Exercises:
    Thesis Statements 2

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Day 4

    1. Attendance Check
    2. Discuss Reflection Essay
    3. E-mail manners- see handout here
    4. Review Outlines & Thesis Statements
    5. Paragraph Structure & Development (see powerpoint here)
    Use this handout
    • Unity
    • Coherence
    • Clear Topic Development
    • Development of Ideas
    Next Class: PIE, Cohesive Devices/Transitions

    Diagnostic Essay Revision. Revise your original diagnostic essay using the skills you have learned so far. You have some time to write this essay, but keep the assignment in mind as we learn other material. This essay is due 9/23.

    Writer's Help Exercises:
    Thesis Statements 1