Sunday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Discussion of “Among Dorms and Dining Halls, Hidden Hunger”

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework – Review pp. 124, 125, and 128 in the MySkillsLab e-reader before coming to class on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Oct. 24 – We will discuss details, transitions and implied main ideas.

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Thursday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Write drafting and post-test

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework – Read pp. 115-116 in the e-reader and “Among Dorms and Dining Halls, Hidden Hunger” (pp. 117-119 in the e-reader) before class on Sunday, Oct. 22.

What we will do in class on Sunday, Oct. 22 – We discuss “Among Dorms and Dining Halls, Hidden Hunger” and discuss details, transitions and implied main ideas.

Wednesday (Section 11): Conclusion, RW3.3 Write Drafting and RW3.3 Post-Test

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework 

  1. Complete RW3.3 Overview, RW3.3 Animation, RW3.3 Recall 1, RW3.3 Recall 2, RW3.3 Apply: Model Document, and RW3.3 Apply before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  2. Read pp. 115-116 in the e-reader and “Among Dorms and Dining Halls, Hidden Hunger” (pp. 117-119 in the e-reader) before class on Monday, Oct. 23.

What we will do in class on Monday, Oct. 23 – We discuss “Among Dorms and Dining Halls, Hidden Hunger” and discuss details, transitions and implied main ideas.

Tuesday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Revision of effect essay

What we did in class, today – Students used the handouts how to write an introduction for a cause or effect essaylogical flow of ideas, and development of an effect body paragraph to finish revising the introductions and body paragraphs of their effect essays. For their conclusion, they were instructed to:

  1. use one of the model sentences for an effect conclusion’s topic sentence,
  2. then to summarize their main points, and
  3. finally to add a concluding sentence that gives advice or refers back to the hook in the introduction.

Here is a sample conclusion:

To conclude, the use of modern technology to communicate leads to ease of communications as well as alienation and addiction. This technology facilitates connecting with friends and family at the touch of a button. Nevertheless, this ease comes at a price for many users. They often find themselves not wanting to participate in life around them so that they can feed their addiction to technology. In short, Einstein’s prediction has come true.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework 

  1. Finish revising the introduction and body paragraphs for the three major effects of communications technology effect before class on Thursday, Oct. 19. Bring a hard copy (photocopy) of your essay. Be sure to write your name in the upper left hand of the paper. If you have more than one page, be sure to staple your pages together. I will collect these at the beginning of the hour.
  2. Complete RW3.3 Overview, RW3.3 Animation, RW3.3 Recall 1, RW3.3 Recall 2, RW3.3 Apply: Model Document, and RW3.3 Apply before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  3. Look over “Hidden Hunger” (pp. 117-119 in the e-reader) to decide which literature circle role you will volunteer for.

What we will do in class on Thursday, Oct. 19 – We will write RW3.3 Write Drafting in class and take the RW3.3 Post-Test in class. While students are working in MySkillsLab, I will be using an effect rubric to give them feedback on their revised effect essay that they submitted at the beginning of the hour.

Monday (Section 11): Revision of effect essay

What we did in class, today – After reviewing how to write an introduction for a cause or effect essay and logical flow of ideas, students revised their effect essay introduction. Thanks go to Sarah F. in Section 6 for allowing us to use her introduction as a model introduction.

Students were asked to review the development of an effect body paragraph. They were asked to revise all five paragraphs of their essay and bring a copy of it to class on Wednesday for peer-editing.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework 

  1. Finish revising the introduction and body paragraphs for the three major effects of communications technology effect before class on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  2. Complete RW3.3 Overview, RW3.3 Animation, RW3.3 Recall 1, RW3.3 Recall 2, RW3.3 Apply: Model Document, and RW3.3 Apply before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

What we will do in class on Wednesday, Oct. 18 – We will peer-review each other’s revised effect essays, write RW3.3 Write Drafting in class and take the RW3.3 Post-Test.

Sunday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Revision of effect essay

What we did in class, today – After reviewing how to write an introduction for a cause or effect essay and logical flow of ideas, students revised their effect essay introduction. Thanks go to Sarah F. in Section 6 for allowing us to use her introduction as a model introduction.

Next, we looked at the development of an effect body paragraph. Afterwards, students began revising their body paragraphs.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework

  1. Finish revising the introduction and body paragraphs for the three major effects of communications technology effect before class on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
  2. Complete RW3.3 Overview, RW3.3 Animation, RW3.3 Recall 1, RW3.3 Recall 2, RW3.3 Apply: Model Document, and RW3.3 Apply before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Oct. 17 – We will continue our study of how to revise essays.

Thursday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Revision of effect essay

What we did in class, today – After revising a model rough draft (see revised effect essay), students revised their rough draft for an effect essay based on  “Flight from Conversation” by using model cause and effect sentences  as well as the language of cause and effect. They did this in Part 2 of “Five-Paragraph Essay on Effects of Technology on Relationships” in MyGUST. Students made sure that each body paragraph contained two major supports and at least one minor support for each major supporting sentence.  Completed body paragraphs were to be 100-150 words in length. Once they had finished revising their essay, they copied and pasted their introduction and first body paragraph into Ch. 2 Writing Paragraphs 3 in MySkillsLab (Textbook Assignments). This had to be completed before the end of class.  They were reminded that students who do not follow these instructions and/or plagiarized will not receive a mark.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework 

  1. Take the online survey about mobile phones before midnight tonight, Oct. 12. Click here to take the survey.
  2. Review pp. 272-286 in In Concept, the MySkillsLab e-reader.

What we will do in class on Sunday, Oct. 15 – We will continue our study of how to revise essays.

Wednesday (Section 11): Revision of effect essay

What we did in class, today – After reviewing a model effect essay, students revised their rough draft for an effect essay based on  “Flight from Conversation” by using model cause and effect sentences to revise their thesis sentence and topic sentences. They did this in Part 2 of “Five-Paragraph Essay on Effects of Technology on Relationships” in MyGUST. They also revised sentences so that they included the language of cause and effect. Students made sure that each body paragraph contained two major supports and at least one minor support for each major supporting sentence. Completed body paragraphs were to be 100-150 words in length. Once they had finished revising their essay, they copied and pasted them into Ch. 2 Writing Paragraphs 3 in MySkillsLab (Textbook Assignments). This had to be completed before the end of class.  They were reminded that students who do not follow these instructions and/or plagiarized will not receive a mark.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework 

  1. Take the online survey about mobile phones before midnight tonight, Oct. 11. Click here to take the survey.
  2. Review pp. 272-286 in In Concept, the MySkillsLab e-reader.

What we will do in class on Monday, Oct. 16 – We will continue our study of how to write essays and revise them.

Tuesday (Sections 2, 6 & 7): Effect essay on “Flight from Conversation”

What we did in class, today – Section 6 students worked wrote the rough draft for an effect essay based on  “Flight from Conversation” (A Prezi presentation is available by clicking here. It is also available in MyGUST under the week of October 8-14.) Sections 2 and 7 students discussed “Flight from Conversation” (pp. 41-44 in the e-text In Concert: Reading and Writing). Then, they wrote a rough draft of an effect essay based on “Flight from Conversation.” Ms. Bushra and Ms. Fajer from the English Department’s Writing Lab were available in class to help students with their rough drafts in Sections 2 and 7.

In “Flight from Conversation,” the author focuses primarily on the negative effects of technology on relationships. Students were directed to write a five-paragraph essay in which they discussed the positive effects that technology has on relationships or the negative effects of technology on relationships. This essay will be submitted in three stages.

  1. Stage One – Students will speed write their rough draft here in MyGUST on Monday, Oct. 9. They will have 25 minutes in which to write their five paragraph paragraph essay.
  2. Stage Two – They will revise and edit it here in MyGUST on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
  3. Stage Three – They will copy and paste their revised and edited essay from MyGUST into Ch. 2 Paragraphs 3 in MyWritingSkills. The mark for this essay will be given in Ch. 2 Writing Paragraphs 3.

Students who do not follow these instructions and/or plagiarize will not receive a mark.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • Also, students have another opportunity for 1/2 percent bonus credit by attending the Basics and Principles of Human Rights Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 12:00 noon in N1-012. It will be delivered by human rights activist Nawaf AlHendal. To receive the credit, students must show me their certificate of attendance from the organizers of the workshop and write a one-paragraph summary of the talk, which will be submitted to me.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework – Take the online survey about mobile phones before midnight tomorrow, Oct. 12. Click here to take the survey.

What we will do in class on Thursday, Oct. 12 – Students will revise their five-paragraph essay in class.

Monday (Section 11): “Flight from Conversation” and Speed Writing

Connect to Disconnect by Ghalya Rajab

What we did in class, today – Students discussed “Flight from Conversation” (pp. 41-44 in the e-text In Concert: Reading and Writing).  Ghalya (illustrator), Jenan (literary luminary), Rawan (summarizer), Rayan (researcher), Sara (connector), Sarah (vocabulary) and Tala (questioner) led the discussion.

In “Flight from Conversation,” the author focuses primarily on the negative effects of technology on relationships. Students were directed to write a five-paragraph essay in which they discussed the positive effects that technology has on relationships or the negative effects of technology on relationships. This essay will be submitted in three stages.

  1. Stage One – Students will speed write their rough draft here in MyGUST on Monday, Oct. 9. They will have 25 minutes in which to write their five paragraph paragraph essay.
  2. Stage Two – They will revise and edit it here in MyGUST on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
  3. Stage Three – They will copy and paste their revised and edited essay from MyGUST into Ch. 2 Paragraphs 3 in MyWritingSkills. The mark for this essay will be given in Ch. 2 Writing Paragraphs 3.

Students who do not follow these instructions and/or plagiarize will not receive a mark.

Bonus credit opportunities

  • It was announced that students can earn up to five percent bonus credit for going 10 times to the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) for tutoring. They must take the bonus credit form with them, but only a TA (either Ms. Bushra or Ms. Fajer) may tutor them for bonus credit.
  • Also, students have another opportunity for 1/2 percent bonus credit by attending the Basics and Principles of Human Rights Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 12:00 noon in N1-012. It will be delivered by human rights activist Nawaf AlHendal. To receive the credit, students must show me their certificate of attendance from the organizers of the workshop and write a one-paragraph summary of the talk, which will be submitted to me.
  • The English Department will host Musical Poetry on Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30. Students who attend, stay for the entire performance, and write a paragraph explaining which poem was their favorite and why will receive 1/2 percent bonus credit. Students who perform will receive 2%.

Homework – There is no homework for Wednesday.

What we will do in class on Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Students will revise their five-paragraph essay in class. Ms. Bushra and I will assist them.