AW1, Week 9, June 16th, 2017

Homework

  1. Finish writing up the claim, evidence, reasons and your counterclaim in paragraph format (if you did not finish in class)
  2. Read the model essay for chapter 2 of the textbook
  3. Choose a topic for Essay #2 from the list on page 46, or choose your own topic.
    1. Begin freewriting and/or brainstorming ideas for your essay.
  4. I want to give all students a chance to read your classmates’ essays. I will make copies of all this class’s Essay #1.
    1. If you do not want your essay to be shown to other students, please let me know by email as soon as possible.
    2. If you agree to share your essay, but do not want your name to be appear, please let me know by email as soon as possible.

Today’s class

  1. Slip or Trip?
    1. Queenie claims Arthur died after falling down the stairs and hitting his head.
    2. List the evidence that supports and does not support her claim.
    3. Give reasons for each piece of evidence: explain why the evidence is important, how it supports or does not support the claim.
    4. Give your claim for what happened, with supporting evidence and reasons.
      1. This is called a counterclaim  (sometimes also called a rebuttal).
  2. Textbook chapter 2,
    1. page 42 (write your answers onlooseleaf)
    2. read pages 43-46 and do as many of the exericses as you can.
  3. Ask your questions about Essay #1.

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AW1, Week 8, June 9th, 2017

Homework

  • (Email me your final draft if you have not already done so.)
  • Look again at the “Slip or Trip?” handout.
  1. Write out the list of evidence: what can you see in the picture that might be important to prove or disprove Queenie’s claim about what happened?
  2. Explain why each piece of evidence is important, i.e. explain why each piece of evidence supports or does not support Queenie’s claim.
  3. What is YOUR claim about what happened? Explain your reasons, i.e. support with evidence (listed in step 2 above).

Today’s class

  1. Common errors from students’ 3rd draft (download the document here: AW1 Common errors from Essay 1 )
  2. Look at the handout “Slip or Trip?”
    1. What is Queenie’s claim about what happened?
    2. What is the evidence (what can you see in the picture that might be relevant)?
      1. The autopsy report (not in the picture) says that Arthur died of a wound on the head and that he had been drunk.
      2. List the other pieces of evidence.
    3. Now link the evidence to Queenie’s claim with explanations about why it supports or does not support Queenie’s claim about what happened to Arthur.
      1. E.g. Evidence: Arthur is still holding an unbroken glass in his hand. When people slip and fall (Queenie’s claim), they usually drop what they are holding and try to stop themselves falling by grasping something solid. So if Arthur had fallen, the glass would not be still in his hand. The fact that it is in his hand does not support Queenie’s claim. Also, being made of glass, it is quite likely to have broken, but it is not broken. These two pieces of evidence do not support Queenie’s claim. However, they do not prove that Queenie is lying, nor do they prove how Arthur received his head wound. So we need more evidence and more reasoning.

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AW1, Week 7, June 2nd, 2017

Homework

  1. Look over today’s handouts,
  2. watch the two videos below,
    1. Claims, Reasons and Evidence
    2. Claim Evidence Reasoning…in 5 minutes or less
  3. check your email. In the next few days, I will send each of you two files containing my corrections and suggestions for your Essay #1.
    1. read either file, then
  4. Re-write your essay – final draft.
  5. Email it to me.
    1. File name: AW1_Essay1_Final_(Name)
    2. Email subject: AW1 Essay1 Final (Name)
  6. Print out and bring it to next week’s class.
  7. Look at the Slip or Trip? picture.
    1. What does Queenie claim happened?
    2. What can you see and what did the autopsy say (evidence)?
    3. What is your theory, your (counter-)claim, about what happened?
    4. Why (reasoning)?

Today’s class

  1. Marking Key handout: MARKING KEY for ACADEMIC WRITING
  2. Common errors (handout next week)
  3. Buffalo handout: BUFFALO
  4. CER_worksheet_AW1
  5. Newton cloze:
  6. Slip or trip? – handout: Slip or Trip

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AW1, Week 6, May 26th, 2017

Homework

    • Watch the following videos to learn about
      • claims
      • reasons
      • evidence
    • Video 1  Parts of an argument. https://youtu.be/04UA2YwDpc4
    • Video 2: Making a claim. https://youtu.be/5-tOeh8n8yQ
    • Optional  Video 3 : Bullets vs Prince Rupert Drops. https://youtu.be/CaYq9sX4zLs#t=1m16s This is about a visit to the Royal Society in London to see the original 17th century records of scientists Robert Moray, Robert Hook and Prince Rupert. This was the beginning of academic writing!Watch these videos and take notes about
    • After today’s textbook exercises and mini-lecture and watching the above videos, write your 3rd and final draft of your Explanatory essay and
    • email it to me by Wednesday midnight
    • print it out and bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Mini-lecture on what is an argument?
  2. Review of textbook points covered last time
    1. p. 21  A Thesis statement
    2. p.26  E – Transitions
      1. As a rule, don’t begin a sentence with “And” or “But”.
    3. p. 27 Because and Therefore
      1. “Because” can only begin a subordinate clause (従属節) in English, and so cannot stand alone. It must be part of a  longer sentence which has a main clause (主節). E.g.
        1. X “Because I want to see Niagara Falls.”
        2. 0  “I want to go to the U.S., because I want to see Niagara Falls.”
    4. p. p. 29 Hooks
  3. Then we read p. 30 G – Write a conclusion
    1. p. 21 Practice 14 and 15
    2. p. 34 B – Title your essay and Practice 16.

 

 


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AW1, Week 5, May 12th, 2017

Homework
Write the 2nd draft of your Explanatory essay. You can change topics if you want, but this is your last chance to do so. If you were absent today, read the parts of the textbook that we read in class today before re-writing your essay.

Next week (May 19th) the school is closed, so you have 2 weeks for this assignment. Next class will be May 26th.

Today’s class

  1. Read the topic sentences of the model essay.
  2. Read p. 17 “D Select a Topic”.
  3. P. 22 Practice 4 and 5
  4. p. 29 “Hooks”
  5. p. 26 “E Use transitions” and page 28 “Because and therefore”.
  6. Read again your introductory paragraph
    1. Is the thesis statement clear and specific?
    2. Do you have a good hook?
    3. Are you using transitions to create longer, more sophisticated sentences?

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AW1, Week 3, April 21st, 2017

Homework

  1. Send me another email, using the correct format as shown here.  If you cannot send  (if your email comes back), please try sending from your university email address *@kpu.ac.jp as this is whitelisted. If even that does not work, please leave a message on this blog. Thanks.)
  2. Textbook pp 8-9 Practice 3
  3. Read the sample essay on pp 15-16

 

 

Today’s class

  1. What did you read in English recently?
  2. free writing (5 mins) about what you read or your classmates read
  3. What are the characteristics of academic writing?  part 2.
    1. Last week’s worksheet is here: AW1_Lesson2_worksheet
    2. Today’s worksheet is here: AW1_Lesson3_worksheet
  4. textbook p. 9 Practice 4
  5. p. 11 Practice 6
  6. p.12 Oractice 7

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AW1, Week 1, April 7th, 2017

Wekcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing 1  (AW1 ) class blog.

On this blog I will post classwork and homework assignments each week.

Homework 

  1. Your first assignment, if you decide to continue this class is
    leave a comment about today’s class

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  2. Send me an email briefly  introducing yourself and saying what you hope to achieve by taking this class.

Today’s class

  1. Instructor’s self-introduction
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Lesson 1 worksheet and mini-lecture. (Download the worksheet here: AW1_Lesson1_worksheet
  4. Free writing #1: 5 minutes on any topic you like.
  5. Free writing #2: 5 minutes, something in English you are reading now or read recently.
  6. Mini-lecture on the value and usefulness of learning academic writing.
  7. Free writing #3: a formative past experience.

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