Essay Writing Fall 2020
In class today, we worked our way through the remainder of Chapter 4 in the text, talking about parts of essays such as thesis statements, body paragraphs, conclusions, and transitions. We also took a look at a student paper or two, made some comments, and suggestions for improvement.
Please look over your peer review comments for your essay on Canvas, as well as using your own ideas after looking over the Writer's Self-Check on page 328. Then post an improved revision of your essay as the final comment under your initial first draft post before next week's class.
Editing, cutting, and revising that essay should be your focus this week. We will move on to Chapter 5 in class next week (9-24) and continue writing in Chapter 5.
Have a great week!
After making sure that everyone who had added the class after the first session was up to speed on the textbook, website, and Canvas class page, we got started with Chapter 4 of the text this week.
We started off looking into essay structure, analyzing a model essay, talking about what goes into a good introduction, and started going over thesis statements before we wrapped up talking about the writing assignment for the chapter.
Please continue reading and learning from Chapter 4 on your own, along with completing the first draft of the writing assignment on pages 98 and 99. Follow the instructions to complete steps 1 through 3, look your work over for errors, and upload it to the class Canvas discussion area. Please use the subject heading "Your Name/Chapter 4" for this post. Also, please use the peer review form on page 327 to give thorough, helpful feedback to two classmates.
Remember to post your writing before 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That will give everyone two days to complete peer reviews for two classmates before we meet.
We will continue next time talking more about thesis statements, body paragraphs, conclusions, and different types of essay organization from the chapter. We will also look over a few drafts and some feedback together and provide group comments to a few lucky students.
Hi everybody and welcome to Essay Writing!
This is a writing class, which means we are going to be writing. Please bring paper and pencil to class every day, along with your textbook, and be prepared to write some things after class too.
Did I mention that we will be writing? It's a writing class. Expect to write a lot. In English.
Please buy the book ASAP. -------------->
It is available at the HUFS bookstore or from online textbook distributors in Korea.
For this first session, please check out my webpage (profjbh.com), read and pre-answer all individual questions in Chapter 4 of the textbook and be ready to talk (and write) about them when we meet again in class.
You will also get an email invitation from Canvas to join our online class discussion. Follow instructions to sign on and post your response to this question: "What kind of a writer are you?" Please respond with a post of at least 200 words in the Canvas discussion area. Please get your post done by midnight Sunday. Also in Canvas, please respond thoughtfully to two classmates in a brief "getting acquainted" conversation before we meet next Thursday.
For the discussion subject or title use "Your Name/Writer".
A pdf file of Chapter 4 of the text can be found in our class Canvas site under "Files." That way, you can start working on the text before you get your copy. We will move on to the writing assignment in chapter 4 after our second class session, posting it online and giving each other feedback on our writing.
To Do List:
1. Get the book.
2. Pre-read and pre-answer all questions in Chapter 4 (Use the pdf in Canvas if you don't have a book yet).
3. Post your (at least 200-word) response to the question "What kind of a writer are you?" to the class Canvas discussion area.
4. Comment on at least two classmates' answers to the "writer" question.
See you next week!
We will meet at our regular class time each week in this Zoom room online:
(3-4 class Meeting ID 838 8102 3323);
(5-6 class Meeting ID 829 2850 4732).
You will receive an email from me with the classroom password. Please do not share it with anyone outside our class.
You can access Zoom discussions with your computer, tablet, or phone, but something with a big screen and a webcam will work much better.
See you in class!