90 Assignment Page
For the Week of October
will see this as a lot of work -- and it is! Other than the
journaling assignment, which should be ongoing throughout the week, I
am providing a suggested timeline (days and amount of time) you should
plan to do the work for each assignment. If you find yourself
spending more time than what I suggest, please let me know. You
may be working too hard :-) The main thing is: Do not try to do
all of this in one sitting, and certainly don't wait until the last
minute to do it all!
- If you did
not send me your response to my "Who
Am I?" e-mail, you need to do that. Click
here for that assignment. This was due this past
Monday, but I'd appreciate it if you would get it to me by Monday,
Oct. 6, if you never did it. I need this for my
you did not take the grammar diagnostic test, which I gave
on the first day of class, you must do so. Make arrangements
to meet me either before class next Friday (8:15-9 a.m.) or directly
after class (12-12:45) to take the test, by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
topic/theme to work on this week: "How I
Spend My Time"
As a college student, you may find yourself challenged
with time-management skills.
You may feel that you either do not have enough time to
get all of your work done or that you have too much free time and are
lot of the time. So,
for four days this
week, please write in your journal about what you've done that day and
your various tasks took you. Please use full sentences (don't
just list activities and
times), but don't feel like you need to go into detail.
"I went to work from 8 to 5"
would be enough, for example, or "From 5-6, I took
bus home; then I watched TV for a couple hours. I ate some dinner, and
friend came over and we played video games till about 11."
You can add any thoughts about what you did; don't feel like you can't
write about feelings or thoughts. Be sure to reflect on how you
spent your day ("I feel like I
was rushed from one thing to the next, but I really didn't accomplish a
thing!" or "It seems like I have no time to study, but now looking
over my day, I can see that I'm wasting a lot of time...."). On the last day of the week that
write you conclusions about how you spend your time as a college
where you might pat yourself on the back or, alternatively, improve.
Friday, Oct. 10, in class (you may be randomly called on
the work in this section (Excerises) out over maybe three days,
devoting no more than 45 minutes per day on each portion. Don't
save the work for the last day, and don't try to cram things in your
head! I would recommend beginning the Exercises in the beginning
of next week.
- We are going to get started now with learning about
plagiarism, just one baby step per week.
read, and highlight: "How to Avoid
Plagiarism," by Earl Babbie http://www.csub.edu/ssric-trd/howto/plagiarism.htm.
Turn this in with your name on it, along with the
highlighting. Due in your pocket folder at the beginning of
READ Ch. 3
should have skimmed & scanned this
Exs. 2, 4, 6, and
Reviews 1 & 2
your answers to Review 1
on the Student Answer Key
- TURN IN
your answers to Review 2 only.
Fri., Oct. 10, beginning of class, in your pocket folder.
- Click on
the "Navigate by
Chapter" pull-down menu in the upper left.
- Select Chapter
3, then "ACE
- Do Quiz 1
(Note: These are called "quizzes," but think of them as online
you get 60 % or less,
please go on to Quiz 2 and send
the results of that to me, as well.
1 (and Quiz 2, if necessary) are due
by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 8
- When you are finished with the quiz, click on View/Save
- Then click
- E-mail me
the results by filling out
the pop-up form:
- Class/Course Name:
- Your Name
- Your E-mail
- My Name (Dr. Bianco)
- My E-mail: email@example.com
Practice Quiz / Mini-Quiz
Starting next week, you need to be prepared for a mini-quiz at the
beginning of class covering mostly the grammar portion of the previous
week. The mini-quiz will be exactly like the practice quiz, which
will be assigned as homework. You'll see that the practice quiz
includes the answers on the second page. Based on your trouble
spots and what you have learned over the week, you may make a "cheat
sheet," which may be one regular piece of paper (front only). The
cheat sheet must be your own work (you can't just photocopy your
friend's). I'll want to take a look at it and approve it before
allowing you to use it in class. Here is the practice quiz for
this week. You do not need to turn this in; it is for your learning purposes only.
this into three segments, doing a little each day, beginning this
weekend. This is probably your most time-consuming and important
piece of homework for the week, so get started early and leave yourself
time to struggle with the work. I recommend doing No. 1 and maybe
No. 2 (below) on, say, Saturday. Keep in mind what you've learned
about highlighting and annotating when you read the "A&P" essay.
Let the reading "sit" in your mind for a couple of hours (maybe
do homework for another class or take care of housework) or even a day.
Then do your first draft of the Reading Response. Plan to do your
final proofreading and any revising/editing a little closer to the day
you turn it in; you are more likely to catch errors if you wait.
Last week you worked on an outline and a summary. This week, please work on the reaction paragraph.
- READ "Women and Witchcraft," by Mary Beth
Norton, pp. 12-13 (you actually should already have read this!) and then study
the Reaction Response entitled "Sticks and Stones," by student
- Now, READ John Updike, "A&P," pp. 319-323.
- (WG) WRITE a 150-word (or more) Reading Response, similar to "Sticks
and Stones." You can base your
reaction on one or more of the discussion questions on p. 323, but that isn't
necessary. This is your first "WG" assignment. Be sure to follow the Writing Guidelines.
- Also, be prepared to discuss this in class next week!
- Due Fri., Oct. 10, at the beginning of class in your pocket folder.
Paragraph Writing: Stage One
would break this into three parts, too. First, I would set aside
time to read Ch. 14. You could do that toward the beginning of next
week. Sometime in the middle of the week, take a little bit of
time to choose a topic from the list below. When you're ready,
spend about 15-20 minutes at the most actually doing the prewriting
assignment. You should have this finished by Thursday, so it's
all set to go Friday morning!
- READ Ch. 14 (you should have skimmed & scanned this
- You are going to do prewriting only (do not actually write an essay for this part of your homework!)
- Freewrite OR brainstorm OR use the cluster method to begin fleshing out the content of a paragraph you will be working on over the next several weeks.
- You may handwrite or type your prewriting.
- Choose from the following topics (don't worry if you like more than one; you will be able to choose from this list again)
- A relative has generously left you money in her
will. You want to give some of it to charity. Which charity do you choose and
- You have won a free trip to Hawaii. You may take one
person with you. Whom do you choose and why?
- The editor of your local newspaper has asked you to
write about the best athlete on a team in your school or community. Whom do you
choose and why?
- A friend from far away is coming to visit you for
the first time. What place in particular do you want your friend to see during
- One place stands out in your memory. It may be
indoors or outdoors, close to home or far away. Tell about it.
- A special machine lets you travel back in time.
Describe what you witness firsthand sometime in the past.
- Most of us have "heroes," people we greatly admire.
Our heroes are usually people who help others. Describe one of your heroes.
- Machines and gadgets have made life easier and more
fun. Some machines we could not imagine living without. Write about a machine
that you cannot live without.
- We think of cats, dogs, and goldfish as commonplace
pets. There are also other, more unusual pets available. Write about a pet that
you think is unusual.
- You are moving on to another place or a new
experience. How does this move affect you?
- Something that you depend on breaks down. It takes a
week to get it fixed. What does this do to your life?
- A natural disaster has struck your community. What
are the results?
- You enjoy playing a particular game. Your friend
wants to learn how to play it too. Describe how you teach your friend to play
- Pretend there is a traditional holiday in three weeks. You
want to have a party in your home. How do you organize it?
- You plan to surprise your mother by preparing a meal
for her on Mother's Day. What do you do?
- Remember: Turn in only the prewriting phase (freewriting, brainstorming, or a cluster diagram).
- Due Fri., Oct. 10, at the beginning of class in your pocket folder.
Good Luck, and be sure to write me if you have any questions or need help.
Please stay tuned to your e-mail for chat times!
Babbie, Earl. "How to Avoid Plagiarism." TRD:
How to Avoid Plagiarism." 26 Oct 1998. Social Science Research and
Instructional Council, Teaching Resources Directory. 3 Oct. 2008