AW1: Week 2, April 20th, 2018

Homework

  1. Read the sample essay in the textbook pp. 15-16.
  2. Review the textbook sections we read today (see below).
  3. Option: Leave a comment about today’s class on this blog.  Comments and questions are always welcome. If you prefer, you may contact me privately by email (see the “About this course” handout from week 1).

Today’s class

  1. Background to academic writing. (Download the handout here: what is academic writing_short_v4  )
    1. origin of the word “academic”
    2. history of academic writing in the West
      1. the trivium
      2. the scientific revolution
    3. Textbook practice 1 (pp. 4-5)
    4. P. 6 C,  purpose of essays
    5. p. 7 Practice 2
    6. P. 2-3, I, A  Define an essay
    7. P. 3 B, Essay format
    8. P. 8, II, A, Audience
    9. p. 19 Your Turn – read the list of topics. You will start writing in class next week. For now, just think about these topics. Which one might you want to write about in class, next week?

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AW1: week 1, April 13th, 2018

Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I (AW1), Friday 4th period.

Homework

  • Leave a comment on this blog about today’s class.
    1. Your name is public, but your email is private. Any email address that you regularly use is ok. Do not write your email address in the comment!
  • Read the sample essay in the textbook, pp 4-5.

Today’s class

  1. Small-group discussion and individual written answers: What is “academic writing”?
  2. Mini-lecture on the history of academic writing (download a basic PDF worksheet: What is academic writing_short
    1. summarise your notes of the mini-lecture
  3. Introduce yourself in writing; explain how you came to be here, in this class, in KPU.
  4. Outline of the course (handout). You can download the outline of the course here: aw1, 2018 – course intro

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AW2: week 15, February 2nd, 2018

Todays’s class

Write an essay for 2 of the following topics. Choose topics you did not use in the January 19th class. You have 85 minutes. Double-space your writing and add a suitable title. You may not use dictionaries or electronic or internet devices.

  1. If you could change one important thing in your city or town, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples.
  2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Consumers should have to pay for every song they download from the Internet.
  3. Discuss the similarities and differences in the student-teacher relationship for young children (grade school) and for young adults (high school through college).

I’m sorry I can’t be there today, guys, but am in hospital for an emergency eye operation.

it was fun teaching you, and I wish you all the best in your future. Enjoy this life.


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AW2: WEEK 12, January 12th, 2018

Homework

Read the textbook chapter 6, pp 133-136 (Section C) and p. 137 Section D.

Today’s class

  1. Make sure you know how to format your Bibliography or Works Cited.
  2. Make sure you clearly introduce the article you are responding to in your introduction.
  3. Clarification of the meaning of “negative correlation/relationship” in the Kohn article.
  4. Free writing: your winter vacation
  5. Sentence combining worksheet (download it here: SENTENCE COMBINING wksht
  6. Read again your free writing. Can you find sentences which could be or should be combined? Combine them.
  7. Every claim needs evidence. Read again your free writing and add evidence that you could provide to prove that you did what you said you did in your vacation.

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Happy New Year

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year.

 

 

 

 

 

“There is never a stop to the sunrise. Sunrise happens all day long. Somewhere on this earth the sun is rising. Somewhere on this earth the sun is setting. That was just where YOU were. It never stops. It keeps happening all day long. And what is your night, somewhere is daylight.”


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AW2: WEEK 11, DECEMBER 22nd, 2017

Happy Christmas, everyone

 

Update:  After the winter break, we will have 4 classes, not 3 as I said in class: Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2.  Over those 4 weeks, you will write at least 3 timed essays.  Do your best to attend these final classes.

Homework

  • Send me your draft 2 (response essay with evaluation) as soon as possible.
  • Read through the reference material I gave you this week and last week. You will need them to write your final essays in class in January.

Today’s class

  1. Claim, data and warrants (handout) Download the handout here
  2. Practice writing warrants for student-generated claims and data:
  3. Write a response to this class
    1. Define the class (for a hypothetical reader who is not in this class and knows nothing about it)
    2. Summarize the content of this class (this semester’s work, briefly).
    3. Your evaluation.
  4. 1-to-1 conferencing.

 


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AW2: WEEK 10, DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

Homework

Essay #5 (Response essay) draft #2:  Response + evaluation / + recommendation

(If you want my comments to your draft #1, please ask me when you email it to me.)

Today’s class

  1. For reference:
    1. Sample annotated response essay (download it here:S ample Response Essay annotated
    2. Academic Writing general reference (bilingual version): http://bit.ly/2zvyzE6 
      1. How I will grade your essays from now on: download it here (1 page) Academic Writing 2Rubric
  2. Individual conferencing

Bonus:


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AW2: WEEK 9, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017

Homework

  • Write essay #5, draft #1 – personal response essay (no evaluation)
    • You can use the essays in the Appendix of the textbook (about homework and video games), or any book, article, essay, movie, etc (in English or in Japanese) that you have strong feelings about.
    • The purpose is to inform readers about the work (book, article, essay, etc) and to tell them your response to it, and why you feel that way.
    • In this first draft, you are not trying to make the reader agree with you.

Today’s class

  1. Parallelisms (download the worksheet here: On parallelism )
  2. Chapter 5 textbook p. 114 Practice 1, #1, #2, #5, #6.
  3. Two kinds of response essay:
    1. Personal response (no evaluation, no recommendation)
    2. Response + evaluation / + recommendation
  4. Annotated student essay – for your reference (this is not a response essay).  Download it here: Annotated_Student_Research_Paper_MLA
    1. Notice the in-text citations and the bibliography and the formatting.
  5. Sample response essay (no evaluation or recommendation). Download it here: Sample Essay 5 – 1 Founainhead
    1. Make sure you tell the reader the name of your original article or book or whatever, in the first paragraph.
    2. Summarize truthfully, accurately and briefly, the original.
    3. Give your response (no evaluation, no recommendation).

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