Category Archives: Academic Writing I

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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Academic Writing I, week 15: July 29th 2016

Today’s class

  1. Proofread your or a classmate’s essay using checklist on p. 81 (#1-7 only).
  2. Freewriting #1:  something you are v interested in these days.  10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)
  3. Freewriting #2: a problem you or someone you care about has. 10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)
  4. Freewriting #3: write about 2 important or interesting things of people in your life. 10 mins (+ 3 mins editing)

Enjoy the holidays. Enjoy this life.


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Academic Writing I, week 14: July 22nd 2016

Homework

Write the final draft of your essay, print out and bring it to class next week. This essay is due next week, July 29th, the last class, week 15.

Today’s class

  1. Final check of draft #1  and hand in.
  2. Propaganda worksheet.
  3. Textbook p. 71 Practice 1, questions 1, 2 and 3 only (on looseleaf)
  4. p. 73-4 Practice 3 (on looseleaf)
  5. P. 76 Practice 6 (on looseleaf)
  6. P. 77 Practice 7 questions 1-4 on the textbook.

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Academic Writing I, week 13 : July 15th, 2016

Homework

  • Read the model essay on pages 70-1 of the textbook, “friends.com”
  • Choose a topic for your comparison-contrast essay (essay #3). You can use the list in “My Turn” on page 72 or you can choose your own topic.
  • Write the first draft of your essay (hand-written is ok) and bring it to class next week. This essay is due July 29th (the last class, week 15).

Today’s class

  1. Final check of essay #2 and hand in.
    1. 5 + 3 = 9  Correct or incorrect?
    2. 2 x 5 = 20  Correct or incorrect?
    3. 4x = 12.  x =4 x 12 = 48  Correct or incorrect?
    4. All the above examples are mathematically, logically incorrect. This is not a matter of opinion. Personal opinion has nothing to do with whether they are correct or not.
    5. In the same way, we should examine and analyze the following two sentences. Is the thinking correct or incorrect?
      1. “These days, low-carbohydrate diets are popular. However, a study conducted by the U.S. military using a zero-carbohydrate diet resulted in muscle loss and weakness among the participants.” Discuss. Do not give your opinion about diets, or low-carbohydrates diets.
      2. First, is it true that “low-carbohydrate diets are popular”? This needs to be examined for truthfulness.
      3. Second, “low-carbohydrate diet” si not the same as “zero-carbohydrate diet”. Because the two are not the same, the conclusion of the article is also incorrect.
        1. zero-carbohydrate diet = dangerous.
        2. Therefore low-carbohydrate diet= dangerous. INCORRECT. Because
          1. low-carbohydrate ≠ zero-carbohydrate.
          2. Therefore, low-carbohydrate diet ≠ dangerous.
      4. Third, what exactly is a “zero-carbohydrate diet”? Is that even possible? Carbohydrates are found not only in bread, rice and starches (potatoes, etc), but also in carrots and other vegetables. To really have a “zero-carbohydrate diet” would mean not eating carrots or those vegetables which had some carbohydrates in them. This is nearly impossible to achieve. Exactly what were these soldiers in the study given to eat? We need more details.
      5. Fourth, people who are interested in low-arbohydrate diets (or any diets) are usually ordinary people, but the people in the study are not ordinary but soldiers in the military, who have very different lifestyles and nutrition needs. Therefore, any conclusion drawn from this study does not necessarily apply to ordinary people.
      6. Fifth, the article tries to suggest that low-carbohydrate diets are dangerous because zero-carbohydrate diets are dangerous. It does not state this, but merely suggests it. People read “zero-carbohydrate = dangerous” and so they assume that “low-carbohydrate also = dangerous”. But this is incorrect thinking (see step #2 above).
  2. Textbook Unit 3. Page 70. Read section C
  3. p. 71-2 practice 2 – on looseleaf paper
  4. p. 70 practice 10 – on looseleaf paper.
  5. Start writing you r essay #3.

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Academic Writing I, week 12 : July 8th, 2016

Homework

  • Re-type your problem-solution essay. Print out and bring it to class next week. If you are absent next week, email me your essay as soon as possible. Document name = “AW1_Essay2_Final_Name” (without the “”).

Today’s class

  1. p. 60 Hedging (read)
  2. p. 61 Practice 11 & 12 – on your textbook
  3. Textbook p. 63 Practice 13 – on looseleaf
  4. Textbook p. 63 Practice 14 – on your textbook
  5. Practice 15 – on looseleaf
  6. “These days, low-carbohydrate diets are popular. However, a study conducted by the U.S. military using a zero-carbohydrate diet resulted in muscle loss and weakness among the participants.” Discuss. Do not give your opinion about diets, or low-carbohydrates diets.

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Academic Writing I, week 11 : July 1st, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Type your problem-solution essay. Print out and bring it to class next week. If you are absent next week, email me your essay as soon as possible. Document name = “AW1_Essay2_draft#2_Name” (without the “”).

Today’s class

  1. Maim idea worksheet
  2. Review of cartoons: describe the picture.
  3. Textbook p. 56 B: involve your reader
  4. Textbook p. 56 C:
    1. avoid sweeping statements (一般的言明)
    2. be careful and accurate in your statements.
  5. Write an outline for your essay.

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Academic Writing I, week 10 : June 24th, 2016

Makeup announcement

Makeup class will be held on Saturday July 2nd, same room as usual, same time as usual.

Homework

  • Re-write your introduction paragraph for your problem-solution essay, by hand or typed. Bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

  1. Main idea worksheets (download them here: mainideak5chalkbox  Use only pages 5-16
  2. Individual conferencing about introductory paragraph for problem-solution essay.

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Academic Writing I, week 9 : June 17th, 2016

Homework

  • Write your introduction paragraph for your problem-solution essay. If you wish, you may choose a new topic.
  • Email me your paragraph by Wednesday midnight (23:59).
  • Use the following format for your email:
  • email_format_AW

 

 

 

Today’s class

  1. Fill-in-the-blanks exercises.
  2. 6 cartoons (from “The Far Side”):
    1. Describe the picture
    2. Explain the problem.
    3. Suggest a solution.
    4. Do you think the cartoon is funny? Why/why not?
  3. Read the textbook chapter 2,
    1. page 48 A
    2. Do practice 4
    3. read p. 50 B
    4. do practice 5

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