90 Assignment Page
the Week of November
7-November 14, 2008
Almost all the work between now and the end of the term is
self-paced, which means you will be able to work on this material on your own time
and on your own
schedule. You will have an increasing amount of time in class
each week in order to work, but please expect to do at least three to four
hours of homework outside of class each week. If
you do not plan out your work carefully and schedule what you are going
to do, you are unlikely to get things done when you need to.
So, if you feel you need guidance from me in determining
exactly when to do things, please let me know, and I will help you put
together a schedule. But you are all "seasoned" college
students now and should be ready to begin to work at a more
self-determined pace :-) Good luck (and don't forget to
contact me if you need help! firstname.lastname@example.org)!
are finished with the mandatory journaling exercise in this class.
You will be asked to reflect on and write about the
journaling experience in an in-class writing response over the next few
you find yourself taking more time on an assignment than what I have
listed, please contact me before you spend too much time on the
assignment. You may be doing too much or going
about it incorrectly. Contact me if you'd like
assistance. Good luck!
A. Plagiarism (total
50 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS)
Final Plagiarism Project:
I will be giving an in-class plagiarism presentation as a
final overview of what you have been reading about in your self-study
of plagiarism. At any time between now and the end of the
term, you are invited to take the "test" at the web site you've been
doing most of your work at. If and when you answer all of the
questions correctly, you will receive a certificate that tells one and
all that you have mastered the concepts of plagiarism. Hand this in to
me in one of your folders on or before Dec. 5, and you
will receive 50 extra-credit points. Please note that it can
be very difficult to complete this test with 100% accuracy.
This is why the points are extra credit.
- Please go to http://www.indiana.edu/~istd/test.html
- If and when you successfully complete the
"test," you will receive a certificate.
- Print this out and turn it in to me in one of
your homework packets on or before Dec. 5.
- You'll receive 50 extra credit
test is not easy.
Don't try to whip it out in ten minutes. Make sure you feel
like you have a pretty strong grasp of the subject matter before
attempting it. Remember, it's extra credit, so if you are
unable to complete it, that's fine. Good luck.
B. Grammar, Punctuation, and
150 points for completion of end-of-chapter quizzes
this point on, you will be working through three chapters (Chs. 10, 7,
and 8 -- in that order)
in the textbook at
your own pace, taking chapter quizzes when you are ready.
Comma Splice, Run-On and
We will also be finishing study of comma rules and doing
practice and review. There will be an in-class quiz on
commas, which will be announced a week ahead of time. You
have no specific comma work at this time.
- You will be able to work on this material at home and in class,
so please be sure to bring
your book with you to class.
- Once you finish each chapter, be
sure to complete the reviews at the end.
your work as you go, in the online answer key at http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/text-answers.pdf.
- You should print out the answer keys
for these three chapters and be sure to bring those with you to class.
your own pace, do the
online quizzes at http://college.cengage.com/devenglish/brandon/sentences_paragraphs/5e/resources.html.
not need to send these to me; the purpose of doing these
is for your learning only.
- When you feel you are ready, ask
me for the practice test at the end of each chapter
(either via e-mail or in class), and check your answers.
- Once you have received at least 70%
on the practice text and feel ready, ask
me for the in-class quiz. I will set aside time
during each of the remaining classes and after class for students to
take in-class quizzes. Each in-class quiz is
worth 50 points.
- There are three class sessions left in which you
can take these quizzes, so plan your time accordingly: Nov.
21, and Dec. 5.
- Note that we do not have class on Dec. 28 due
- We will meet during finals (Dec. 12), but will
not have lecture or quizzes on that day.
- You may take more than one in-class
quiz at a time. However, we will have other
things to do in class, so if you need to, you may stay after class and
work on quizzes, between 12 and 3 pm, each day on Nov. 14, Nov. 21, and
- If you have questions, please let me know at any
time, at email@example.com.
- Good luck!
We will have an
in-class quiz on comma splices, run-ons, and sentence fragments in
class on Nov. 14. Please do not be late to class. I
will be announcing the availability of a practice quiz within the next
couple of days. Do the practice quiz and check your results;
study up on any weak areas; and prepare a one-page, front-only "cheat
sheet" to use during the quiz. Stay tuned for more
information on this quiz.
the rest of the term, most of your writing will be begun in class.
You will be given at least 1-1/2 hours each class session to
work on one or more stages of writing (prewriting, outlining, drafts,
revising, editing, and final typing). You will be able to
leave class to work in the computer lab to type draft and final copies.
Follow the instructions given in class each week.
Writing begun Nov. 7 and due Nov. 14: (total
In class this past week, we worked on prewriting (in the
form of a cluster diagram) and outlining, according to a handout, of
the following topic:
or lost, in a
that involved a lot of
This could be, for instance, a special family heirloom that you got
your beloved aunt died; a tattoo you had to have removed after a
breakup; your first $20 bill, which you got for your 10th birthday
and then tragically lost; a drawing of you done by your childhood best
- Begin with a cluster diagram that develops the topic with a focus on situation, conflict, struggle, outcome, and meaning. If you were in class, you already did this. If you were absent or want to do it again, please use the handout at http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/ClusterDiagram_Week7_Essay.pdf
- Next, develop an outline. If you were absent or want to do it again, please use the handout at http://www.marthabianco.com//WR90/Outline_Week7.pdf.
- Write your first draft. You may handwrite this or type it, but either way, please double-space.
- Revise your first draft using the revision checklist given in class or, if you weren' there, at http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/Revision_Checklist.pdf.
- Type up your second draft, incorporating all of your revisions.
- Send your revised second draft to me via e-mail, as either an attachment or just in-line in the text of your message, by Tuesday night, Nov. 12. I will send the revision back to you, with my general comments.
- Incorporate my general comments into your revised second draft and type up a third draft.
- Edit your third draft, using the editing checklist given in class or, if you weren't there, at http://www.marthabianco.com/WR90/Editing_Checklist.pdf
- Bring your revised and typed third draft, showing your handwritten editing marks, in to class on Friday, Nov. 14.
2. Start thinking about your final essay
On Dec. 5, you will be turning in a final two-page essay that
you want to represent the best of what you have learned this term.
You are going to be able to choose your topic, from among all of
those you have worked on this term. Begin thinking about which of
your pieces you want to develop, based either on the subject or how
well you think you have been able to apply the stages of the writing
process, to develop all parts of the essay, and to apply appropriate
style and mechanics, as laid out in the CLUESS and COPS grading
checklist and writing guidelines. I will try to give you time
each week to work on this, so try to have your final essay topic in
mind by next week (you may also choose your topic from what you turned
in this week and what you began working Friday).
3. Writing Portfolio
Plan to turn in a folder containing all of your writing work, arranged
in chronological order (writing only, not textbook and other exercises)
on Dec. 5. We will go over your portfolio on Dec. 12 and together
discuss your final grade for the course.
and be sure to write me
if you have any questions or need help.
Please stay tuned to your e-mail for chat times!
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