Sections 12 & 13 (Wednesday): Combining sentences and speed writing

What we did in class today  – Students analyzed combining sentences – with particular emphasis on participles –  for more effective writing. After completing two interactive activities, Combining clauses with participle constructions 1 and Combining clauses with participle constructions 2 in MyGUST, they completed an exercise to combine sentences using appositives. Students were asked to combine sentences using participle constructions in their descriptive process essays. The final draft of this essay is due on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Students were encouraged to come for extra help during my office hours (1-1:50 on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and 2-2:50 on Mondays and Wednesdays in W1-170). Ms. Rawan and Ms. Bushra in the English Department’s Writing Lab (first floor in the library) are also available to help students revise and edit their papers.

Midterm Exam – Students will complete the reading section of the midterm exam on Monday, Nov. 7, and the writing section of the exam on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Each part of the exam will be 50 minutes. The reading section will require students to read two articles and answer questions about them. The writing section will be a five-paragraph descriptive process essay. Students will have two writing prompts from which to choose.

Homework

  1. Read Achieve3000 article A Pink Lizard and a Striped Fish”and complete the Activity and Thought Question (a one-paragraph summary of the article) before midnight on Friday, Oct. 28.  (This will be Thought Question 4.) Read two other Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities for them before midnight on Friday, Oct. 28. (If you want to read extra articles, use the Achieve3000 search engine to locate other articles.)
  2. Continue revising and editing your descriptive process essay. The due date for the final draft is Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Bonus Credit – Reading contest 3 – The contest covers the time period from Saturday, Oct 22, through Friday, Nov 4. This is for 0.5% extra credit. To receive credit, you must score 75 or above on Activities for 10 Achieve3000 articles. Only first attempt scores will count.

What we will do in class on Monday, Oct 31 – We will practice “speed writing” so that we will be prepared for the midterm exam and the final exam and continue revising our paper.

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