What we did in class, today – I announced that I would not be available for my conference hour tomorrow. After an introduction to the two types of argument essays, we discussed two criteria for choosing a topic for an argument essay. Next, we examined the organization of this type of essay (p. 163 in Great Writing: From Great Essays to Research [GW]). Afterwards, I distributed copies of the Fall 2015 Essay 3 Topics and Guidelines handout and emphasized that students may only write about one of these topics for Essay 3.  We, then, reviewed the handout and discussed what a periodical is. Students watched the interactive video Magazines vs Scholarly Journals. (In order to receive credit for completing this in-class activity, students had to be present.) Students read “The Best Classroom” (pp. 167-169 in GW) and answered the questions on pp. 169-170 in GW. As homework for Wednesday, students are to write a tentative outline for Essay 3 and bring a copy of it to our next class.


Final Exam Date, Time & Location

  • Sections 6 & 12 – 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in W3-201 on Saturday, Dec 26
  • Section 11 – 11:00-1:00 in N3-202 on Saturday, Dec. 26

If there is a conflict with another exam, you must inform me as soon as possible.


  • Finish writing your tentative outline for Essay 3 before class on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Bring a copy of the outline with you to class.
  • Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the activities for the two articles before 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.
  • Read pp. 172-174 and p. 234 in Great Writing: From Great Essays to Research before class on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

What we will do in class on Wednesday, Nov. 25 – We peer review each other’s tentative outlines and revise them, if necessary. We will also work on our reading skills.

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