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Part-time instructor of Academic Writing in English @ Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan.

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

    1. To leave a comment, click on the words “LEAVE A COMMENT” up here below this blog post title. ↑
    2. You need to type in your name (family name only) and an email address. Your email address will NOT be public. Your  name WILL be public.
    3. All comments are moderated. That means I must approve them. So your comment will not appear  immediately. Please be patient.
  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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AW2, week 14, January 27th, 2017

Homework

  1. Read the article on swine flu (download it here: Swine_Flu_by_Rappoport
  2. Is it an academic essay? Does it have any features of academic writing? If so, which ones? (see below)
  3. Bring your answers to these questions to the next class.
  4. Next week, we will discuss the answers to these questions, and write two timed essays.
  5. Next week’s timed essays will be under test conditions: strict time limit, no dictionaries, no electronic or internet devices. Just pencil and paper and your awesome human brain!

Today’s class

  1. Review of key features of academic writing (see also the  annotated handout “Majority Rule Equals Tyranny”; download it here: Majority Rule Equals Tyranny_annotated
    1. Introduce the topic (plus any necessary background information). If necessary, state your position about the topic.
    2. Define your terms.  E.g.
      1. in an essay about the Electoral College, you will need to define what that is.
      2. in an essay about the division of labour, you will need to define what you mean by that.
      3. in an essay about homework or uniforms, you will need to define “homework” or “uniform”.
      4. By the way, a definition does not have to be the dictionary definition. In an exam situation, you cannot use a dictionary obviously. You must make it clear what your understanding of the term is, that is all.
    3. Use  objective facts to support your essay.
      1. “objective” means other people can check if they are true or not.
      2. “facts” means names, dates, numbers, places.
    4. Conclusion – summarize your arguments and, if you are trying to persuade the reader, give a final appeal.
  2. Timed essay (30 minutes): “Discuss the arguments for and against legalizing marijuana.” Use the handout to help you (download it here: Arguments For and Against Legalizing Marijuana

 


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AW2, week 13, January 20th, 2017

Homework

None. But if you were absent today, read the parts of the textbook we read in class today. You need to have read this material in order to participate in next 2 weeks’ classes. There will not be time in class to read the material. You must read it before class.

Next week and the week after (week 15) we will be writing test, timed essays in class.

Today’s class

  1. Chapter 6, p. 140 A read.
  2. Practice 5
  3. p. 141 Practice 6.
  4. p. 134, questions 1-4.
  5. p. 135, B.
  6. p. 136, C and practice 1
  7. p. 137, D and practice 2.
  8. p. 138, practice 3.
  9. p. 139, practice 4.
  10. p. 139, E: choose a topic and p. 141, B, write an outline (see also p. 142, outline A).

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AW2, week 12, January 13th, 2017

Homework

Write an essay discussing the arguments for and against the topic of “Organ Transplants”.  Choose two arguments for, and two arguments against to discuss in your essay.

Today’s class

  • Discussion of arguments for and against the topic of “School Uniforms”.
    • Which arguments are strong and which are weak?
  • Discussion of arguments for and against the topic of “Legalized Gambling”.
    • Which arguments are strong and which are weak?
    • Choose  arguments from the “for” list, and two arguments from the “against” list and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Write a short conclusion giving your judgement about the “for” and “against” arguments. Which side has the stronger arguments, do you think?

 


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