Upcoming Work

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here’s what’s due over the two weeks when you get back:

Over Thanksgiving: Talk to your friends/family members about your paper. Ask them to poke

holes in it, and to raise objections. Bring these objections back to class on November 28. We’ll be talking about how to answer objections.

November 30: We’ll write an introduction & conclusion in class.22861471_2053630438191912_5559743998289504479_o

December 5: Your half draft is due.

December 7: Your final reading report on You Are What You Love is due.

Dec 12: Paper due.


Due Friday, Nov 17 and Saturday, Nov 18

By Friday, Nov 17, submit your outline to me. Your outline needs

  • Four points, total
  • With at least one similarity and one difference
  • Each supported by two quotations, one from each article

If you want extra credit, you may choose to submit a reflection this week. On your reflection, discuss these questions (not necessarily all of them):

  • What did you learn about reading/comparing sources?
  • What did you learn about organizing your ideas? Where do you still need to work on this?
  • What will you do differently as a writer or a reader based on our reading and organizing exercises this week?
  • How do you still want to improve?

You will earn 5 points for 6+ sentences in your reflection. Reflections must be posted by Saturday midnight.

Due November 15

We’ll be having an in-class work day on your outline. Ahead of time, decide on your four points and find quotations that will support your points.

Bring to class

  • A copy of the two articles you’ve chosen for your essay
  • Something to write with and/or your computer, to write on

The outline template has been uploaded to the course website; you’ll find it under “Course Documents” when you mouse over “Preparing for College Composition.”

Due November 13

Please 1) Bring your TWO hard copies of one article to class, 2) Re-read the sample essay, and 3) Read, in your grammar books, Chapter 11, pgs 132-134, 138-142, 145-151, 153-154.

Do Practice Set 11-1 (133), 11-5 (142), 11-8 (151), and turn your notebook in during class.

We will continue to discuss how to organize your paper, and we’ll learn about punctuation and capitalization.

Due November 10

Decide which two articles you want to write your paper on. Write an exhaustive list of similarities/differences and bring this into class as a hard copy. We’ll use it for an activity.

You have a quiz on passive voice & parallelism.

Also, please print out and bring in at least two copies of ONE article (the same article, an article that you’re going to do your paper on). We will use this for an in-class activity, on Friday if we have time but potentially on Monday.

Due Nov 8-16

Your proposal conference is scheduled at some point during this time. I will email you at least the day before your conference to remind you. Don’t forget to email me your proposal by 5.00 PM the day before we’re scheduled to meet.

Your fourth YAWYL report is due on November 16. There’s a Word document available under “Course Documents”. You may type your answers in the Word document, print it out, and submit it in class.

Due November 6

Your second active reading checklist is due. Choose a different article and fill out the checklist in Google Drive (or if you can’t make that work, on paper is fine too.) Submit before/in class.

Watch this talk about vegetarianism. Keep track of the main reasons that the video says someone might go vegetarian: https://ed.ted.com/featured/dolIWkHI

Your reflection is due by noon on Saturday. We did a lot of reading this week, so please write about

  • What have you learned about your topic? How has your understanding of it deepened, changed, or grown?
  • What have you learned about reading from the checklists? Does the checklist go along with what you did in high school? Are you doing anything new? Is it helping/not helping? What is still hard for you?

Due November 7

Read “Monroe’s Motivated Sequence,” available under the “Readings” tab. On your course blog, describe how it is similar to/different from the A-Ha! moment; based on these similarities/differences, what kinds of things can you say in your paper to make it more persuasive? How should you organize your paper?

If you would like extra credit, read the John Piper on “What Truths Do We Need Besides the Bible?” and write a short paragraph (at least 5 sentences) describing how secular sources may complement, or work with, the Bible in your writing work. Why is it important for us as Christians to consult secular sources? You will receive 5 points for a thorough and thoughtful response (this is nearly the equivalent of 2 homework assignments), 3 points for a brief but solid response, and 1 point for an unclear or confusing but hey! at least you put something up! response. The extra credit must be done by Tuesday November 7th and posted in the same blog post as your response about Monroe’s Motivated Sequence.

Due November 3

Keep researching your topic.

  • Choose ONE article that you think answers your topic question really well. Fill out your first Active Reading Checklist on it. The document has been shared to your Google account with the school and you can access it there. Please fill the document out in Google Drive and return it to me by sharing it on Google Drive. This way, I can easily grade the documents over the weekend.
  • Choose a SECOND article that you think is relevant to your topic, print it out, and bring TWO COPIES to class. We will use it for an activity meant to help you decide how to choose sources and to practice active reading strategies.

We may also talk about parallelism and/or passive sentences.