90 Assignment Page
the Week of October
- If you did
not send me your response to my "Who
Am I?" e-mail, you need to do that. Go to http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/whoami.html
for that assignment. This was due the first week of class, but
I'd appreciate it if you would get it to me by this
upcoming Monday, 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: Feeling
and Dealing with Stress (see
http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/Journaling.html for general
Stressed much yet? Well, okay, maybe just a little :-) Now is the time
of the term when things start to get rough. Whether
or not you've received financial aid, money stress seems to be ongoing.
Friends and family members may seem not to be adjusting well at
to your new (or maybe continuing) status as a hard-working student (not
to mention everything else you do). Some students' parents nag them
more than ever about homework and whatnot -- like you're not mature
enough to handle things (or at least learn how to handle
things) on your own.
The other thing that starts happening right about now is illness.
You're in school, and it's just like when you were 6 or 7 years old:
you're being exposed to a lot of people -- but what's worse is that a
lot of these people have sick kids and other relatives they're hanging
around, coming to school all willing and ready to share their germs
with you. Not only are you exposed to so much
illness, but you're exhausted (right?). And IT'S ONLY THREE WEEKS INTO
Relax. What you are going through is perfectly normal.
But, you do need to take care of yourself. Please
think about going to (and hopefully even do)
get a flu shot. Also, it helps to "get it out." One thing I hope may
help a little is for you to use this opportunity to get your feelings
and concerns about stress down on paper, through journaling. When
you're journaling, talk about what you're doing on a daily basis
(or what you maybe should be doing)
to help deal with stress (like taking a little time
yourself, exercising, or thinking about switching from a full-time to a part-time
job, maybe changing hours, etc.).
Please remember to write at least one full page
per day, at least four days a week.
Each day, writing about this week's theme ("Feeling and Dealing with
Stress"), but feel free to write about any additional topic(s) that
cross your mind. You can even use your journaling time to complain
about this class! (Hey, you gotta get it all out, right?)
Friday, Oct. 17, 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.
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
of next week.
Reading the Babbie article (the one you highlighted last week), is your
first step in working toward your "Confirmation Certificate" that will
serve as "evidence" that you have completed a course of study in
You will be working through some online readings about
some short and some a little longer. Every week, you'll get a new
reading assignment. Please write a summary of each reading to turn in.
The purpose of this is (1) to help you focus on what you're reading and to
really grasp the subject matter (plagiarism), (2) to practice your
summary-writing skills (including the use of author tags and citation
methods), and (3) to provide me with tangible proof that you did the
reading. Some points to remember:
- Don't follow all the links on the web-based readings about
plagiarism that I'll give you. Just read the page that you land on when
you click on the assignment link. Otherwise, it would take you forever.
- You may handwrite or type your summary, whichever is
fastest/easiest for you (if you need to work on your keyboarding, you
probably should type your summaries so that you can practice)
- Remember the rules about writing summaries, on pages 16-17
of your text; following these rules will help you determine
how much to write
1. This week's plagiarism assignment:
and write a summary of:
Indiana University's "How to
Recognize Plagiarism," overview page only
Do not click on "Next," and go on to the next page right
; you'll get that later!
and write a summary of:
PCC's "Academic Integrity Policy,"
in "Student Rights and Responsibilities," Fall 2008, p.
C. Turn in these summaries (they can be on the same page), due
in your pocket folder at the beginning of
B. Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
1. This week's textbook assignment:
turn in from these exercises.
& SCAN Ch. 4
- READ Ch.
your answers to Exs. 4 & 6, by either
writing directly in the book and tearing out the sheets or photocopying
the pages and writing on the photocopy. Due
Fri., Oct. 17, beginning of class, in your pocket folder.
- READ p.
212-214 on the comma
- No spelling work yet.
- NO PRACTICE QUIZ THIS WEEK AND NO QUIZ IN CLASS NEXT WEEK :-)
PARAGRAPH WRITING: STAGE TWO
would break this into three parts, too. First, choose a topic and
engage in your prewriting. Next, work on a topic sentence and
begin your outline. Third, finish up and proofread the outline. You
should have this finished by Thursday, so
all set to go Friday morning!
Writing a Topic Sentence
- Choose a Topic:
- Choose from one of the topics from the list entitled
"Paragraph Topics," below.
- You may choose the same topic you used last
week or a completely different topic.
- Even if you are using the same topic as last week, start
with a fresh prewrite.
- Consider experimenting with a different type of
prewriting from what you did last week.
- You may prefer to do your prewriting after you write the
topic sentence (Step 4, below).
- Turn in the
prewriting, along with your topic sentence and outline (below).
Write a Topic Sentence [WG*]:
- The topic sentence has a subject and a treatment.
- The subject
of your topic sentence is what
you intend to write about (for example, a place that stands out in your
- The treatment
is what you
intend to do with your subject (for example, a place that
stands out in your memory may be a place from your childhood where your
family went for the best vacation ever)
- You may send your topic sentence to me by Tuesday if you want me to look it over first.
- Turn in the
[WG] typed topic sentence, along with the prewriting (above) and
- Examine the types of division listed on p. 282 of your
text and choose one that fits your topic
- Prepare a typed outline, providing a detailed
organization for your prewriting topic.
- Be sure to use the traditional system (I.,
A., 1., a., i., and so on)
- Please strive for at least two major supports (I and
II), two minor supports for each major (A and B), and two details for
each minor support (1 and 2). You do not need to go any
deeper than that, although you may if you desire.
- Here is a review of the levels of an outline (you do
not need to go as deep as this example):
Major support No. 1 for your topic sentence
Minor support No. 1 for I, above
detail No. 1 for minor support No. 1 in A., above
2. detail No. 2 for minor support No. 1
in A., above.
sub-detail No. 1
b. sub-detail No. 2
minor sub-detail No. 1 for No. 2b
ii. minor sub-detail No. 2 for
iii. minor sub-detail No. 2 for No. 2b
c. sub-detail No. 3
3. detail No. 3 for support No. 1, in A., above.
B. Minor support No. 2
- You may send me a draft of your outline by Wednesday if you want me to look over it first.
- Turn in your
[WG] typed outline, [WG] typed topic sentence, and prewriting together
in your folder, start of class on Friday, Oct. 17.
*Remember, [WG] assignments require that you follow the Writing Guidelines, posted at http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/wg.html/
- 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 why?
- 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
- 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?
and be sure to write me
if you have any questions or need help.
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