Section 6 (Sunday): Combining sentences with participle constructions

What we did in class today  – Students analyzed combining sentences – with particular emphasis on participles –  for more effective writing. Afterwards they completed the two interactive exercises in MyGUST under the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Combining clauses with participle constructions 1 and Combining clauses with participle constructions 2. 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.


  1. Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities before midnight on Friday, Nov. 4.
  2. Continue revising and editing your descriptive process essay. The due date for the final draft is Tuesday, Nov. 1. Copy your essay to your flash memory before you come to class on Tuesday. Be sure your essay is saved as your name.

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 Tuesday, Nov 1 – Students will submit their descriptive process essay to Turnitin during class, so they should save it to their flash memory before they come to class just in case their is a problem with the Internet during class. For students encountering Internet problems, I will upload your essay to Turnitin if you give me your flash memory before 3:45 p.m.

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