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.

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