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AW1: week 12, July 7th, 2017

Homework

  1. Check your email after the weekend. I will send you my corrections and comments by email attachment.
  2. Read my attachment, review your notes from Friday’s class.
  3. Re-write your draft (this will be Essay2_Draft2).
  4. Print out and bring to class.
  5. Finish writing up the Facebook claim and counter-claims (if you did not finish in class).

Today’s class

  1. Worksheet on claims and counter-claims (download it here: AW1_Lesson5_worksheet
  2. Worksheet on Facebook’s drone plan  (download it here: Four billion people on the earth have no internet
  3. A claim should be
    1. debatable, controversial, arguable
    2. provable (i.e. there should be evidence to support it)
  4. An argument must include at least one counter-claim.
  5. Textbook p. 60 Hedging
    1. Avoid sweeping statements (which cannot be proved) such as
      1. (All) student put off till tomorrow what they should do today.
      2. This solution will help everyone.
    2. P. 61 Practice 12
    3. P. 62 Practice 13 (on looseleaf)
    4. P. 63 Practice 14
    5. P. 63 Practice 15 (on looseleaf)
  6. Write up a claim and counter-claim (at least1) for the Facebook article. Your claim should begin, “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg …. ”
    1. If possible, include a refutation for the counter-claim.

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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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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 II, week 12: December 18th, 2015

Homework:

None. Enjoy the winter holidays. Play safely.relaxinthesnow2

Two polar bears relax in the snow at Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna December 30, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader (AUSTRIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: HPB01

 

 

 

 

Today’s class:

  1. Comment about last week’s writing – “Certain kinds of weapons… must be outlawed for civilian ownership. ”
    1. Being against something does not necessarily mean that a government ban is the best, or the only, solution.
  2. Today’s writing topics:
    1. “Technology will soon mean that no-one will need to learn a foreign language, therefore English should be an optional subject only in junior and senior high schools.” Discuss (30 minutes).
    2. “School vacations are a waste of time and money.” Discuss  (20 minutes).

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Academic Writing I, week 12: July 3rd, 2015

Homework

None.

Today’s class

  1. Read your classmates’ essays and comment on
    1. the thesis statement – does it include the problem and a summary of the solution?
    2. the evidence – are there references for the claims made?
    3. conclusion – does it repeat the problem and solution(s)?
    4. the hook – is there one? Is it a good one?
  2. Thinking critically. It is important, although difficult, to think critically about your solution. Consider the solution of more and stricter gun control laws in the United States as a solution to the problem of mass shootings, such as the recent one in Charleston, South Carolina. Can you think of reasons why this might not solve the problem?
    1. Stricter gun control laws will make it more difficult for all people to obtain a gun for self-defence.
    2. Criminals can always get guns. They are not deterred by laws. The shooter in Charleston recently did not buy his gun in a gun shop – he stole it! Therefore, even if gun control laws were already stricter, it would not have prevented this case from happening.
    3. Therefore, stricter gun control laws will probably not solve the problem of mass shootings.
  3. President Obama has asked for body cameras for police after the shooting by police of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson last year (reference: “Obama Requests $263 Million for Police Body Cameras, Training”, NBC News, Dec. 1, 2014. Accessed July 10, 2015). Can you think of reasons why this might not solve the problem?
    1. Cameras can break down.
    2. Video can be easily edited.
    3. More severe punishment for police shootings, and more prosecutions would be more effective and also cheaper.

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Academic Writing II – week 12, December 20th, 2013

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Homework:

  • Email me your essay #2 or your re-write of essay #2 if you have not already given them to me

January schedule is as follows:

  • Jan 10th
  • Jan 11th (Sat) – makeup class
  • Jan 17th – please give me all your free-writings from this semester
  • Jan 24th – timed essay in-class writing

Today’s class

  1. Choose a 3- or 4-letter word from the sample student essay. Change 1 letter. Game: play with a partner.
  2. Read the first sentence of the sample student essay on p. 135.
    1. change the word “grades” and re-write the sentence
    2. change the word “students” and re-write the sentence
    3. change the word “learn” and re-write the sentence
  3. P 137 Practice 2
  4. P  138 Practice 3
  5. P 139 Practice 4
  6. P 140 Practice 5
  7. P 141 Practice 6
  8. Choose a topic from  p. 139. Change a word in the question if you want and re-write the question.
  9. P 142 Practice
  10. P 141 B Your turn. Write an outline for your chosen essay question (p. 139)
  11. Read p. 143 “Introduction” then write your introduction (10 minutes)

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Academic Writing I – week 12, July 5th, 2013

Homework:

Write a detailed outline for your 3rd essay, “comparison-contrast”. Use the example on p. 78 of the textbook. Bring it to class next week to show to your classmates.

N.B.:

  • Your “comparison-contrast” essay must be completed and brought to class to show to your classmates on week 14, July 19.
  • You will then re-write your essay and hand it in on week 15, July 26th, the last class.
  • There will be no exam for this class. To pass the class, you must write 3 satisfactory essays.

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Today’s class:

  1. Textbook p. 73-4, Practice 3.
  2. p. 75 – C the overview sentence
  3. p. 76 – D “Organize your essay”
  4. p. 76, Practice 6
  5.  p. 77-8, Practice 7

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Academic Writing I – week 12, July 6th, 2012

problem solution
problem solution

Today, we continued working on our essay #2, the problem-solution essay.

In the textbook we read the following pages and did the following exercises:

  1. p. 55 Peer Feedback Form – give your draft to your partner and ask him or her to comment on your essay.
  2. read page 56. Writers can learn some useful techniques from marketing and marketers.
  3. Page 57, Practice 9. Write your answers to 1,2 and 3 on looseleaf paper.
  4. Page 57, Your Turn – read and then read your essay again. Make changes if necessary.
  5. Page 58, C Think Critically – read then do practice 10 (answer directly on your textbook).
  6. Page 59, Your Turn – read your essay again and make changes if necessary.
  7. Write your 2nd draft. Finish for homework.
  8. Page 60 – Hedging.
  9. Page 61 – Practice 11 and 12. Answer directly on your textbook.

 

Homework:

Finish your 2nd draft:

  • Save your document as “AS_Essay2_2nd_draft_YourName.doc(x)”,
  • email it to me by Wednesday,
  • print it out and
  • bring it to class next Friday

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    problem solution road sign

 

 


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