What we did in class today – Today’s class focused on the development of cause body paragraphs and effect body paragraphs, so we analyzed “How Weather Has Changed World History” (pp. 139-141 in Great Writing 5), the Post-Reading exercise (pp. 141-142 in Great Writing 5) and Activity 5 (pp. 143 in Great Writing 5). Afterwards, students added their first body paragraph to their essay and uploaded it to Turnitin during class. Then, they practiced using contextual clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Last, they in order to prepare for the final reading exam they took a practice reading quiz. We discussed strategies for how to find answers more quickly and accurately:
- Before looking at answer choices, read the question and try to answer it.
- After reading all of the choices, eliminate answers you know are incorrect.
- Skim and scan the reading passage for key words contained in the question.
- Finish writing the body of your essay before the start of class on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
- Read three Achieve3000 articles of your choice and complete the Activities before midnight on Friday, Nov. 25.
Final Exam – Sections 12 and 13 will sit for the final reading exam on Monday, Dec. 19, during their regular class time. Section 12 students will take the writing final exam on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m. in W3-201B. Section 13 students will write the final writing exam on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in W3-201B. The time limit is 60 minutes.
- Reading contest 5 – The contest covers the time period from Saturday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Dec 2. 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.
- Attend Musical Poetry on Wednesday, November 23, at 12:30-1:50 in W6-500. Write a summary of the event. This is for 0.5% extra credit.
- Attend Dr. Mai Al Nakib’s talk Anonymity in an Age of Disclosure: Musings on Privacy and Publicity on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:30 in W1-010. Write a summary of the event. This is for 0.5% extra credit.
- Participate in a poetry writing workshop, December 7, at 12:30 in W1-010. This is for 0.5% extra credit.
- For each 30-minute tutoring session in the English Department’s Writing Lab (N2-103) located on the first floor of the GUST Library, you will receive 0.5% extra credit per tutoring session if you stay the entire 30 minutes and if you work sincerely. You may receive tutoring with your writing assignments and Achieve3000 thought questions. To receive help with your writing assignments, you must bring a soft (electronic) copy of your rough draft on a flash memory as well as a hard (photocopy) copy of the rough draft. The maximum extra credit you can earn is 5%. Your participation must be documented on the Bonus Credit Form.
What we will do in class on Wednesday, Nov 23 – We will write the conclusion of the cause or effect essay and revise the essay. Then, we will practice for the final writing exam.