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Academic Writing II, week 4: October 24th, 2014

Homework

Write your persuasive essay, print it out and bring it to class. Next class is Nov. 7th.

Today’s class

  1. Imagine you plan a 6-month trip to South America: you will cycle from the north to the south, alone. You want to persuade your parents to let you do this. What objections or questions might they have?
    1. Write 6 questions or objections they might have.
  2. What different ways could you persuade your parents to lend you or give you the money you need?
    1. You could threaten (frighten) them, insult them, beg them, OR
    2. persuade them rationally in a civilized manner.
  3. Textbook
    1. the hook (p. 97 B)
    2. list your essay’s arguments and counter-arguments (p. 98 D)
    3. how to introduce your arguments (p. 99 E)
    4. practice 5 (p. 100).

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Academic Writing II, week 3: October 17th, 2014

Homework

  • Is your topic controversial? Avoid non-controversial topics for your persuasive essay.
  • Read again your introductory paragraph.
  • Change topics if you want to.
  • Plan your persuasive essay. Write your first draft. Bring it to class next week.

Today’s class

      1. Read the sample persuasive essay, “School Uniforms Should Not Be Required” (click link to see the essay)
        1. What is the writer’s opinion about school uniforms?
        2. Where (in which paragraph and where in the paragraph) is the writer’s opinion stated?
        3. What is the purpose of paragraph 2?
        4. Does the essay persuade you? Why or why not?
      2. Read the sample persuasive essay on Teen Drivers.
        1. What is the writer’s opinion about teen drivers?
        2. Where (in which paragraph and where in the paragraph) is the writer’s opinion stated?
        3. What is the purpose of sentences A and B?
        4. Does the essay persuade you? Why or why not?

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    1. Look at the sample essay in the textbook on pages 90-1
      1. What is the writer’s opinion about babies in Japan?
      2. Find the objections (=counterarguments) and match them with their answers (= arguments) (see page 93 Practice 1, 3)
    2. Students typically choose non-controversial, boring topics for the persuasive essay. Here are some sample controversial essay topics:
      1. Global warming is not happening.
      2. All drugs should be legalized.
      3. The government should withdraw funding for all education.
      4. The sale and possession of guns should not be restricted.
      5. Separating plastic bottles from other trash is a waste of time.
      6. Subsidies on rice should be abolished.
      7. Wearing a seatbelt in a car should be optional.
      8. Driving licences should not be required.

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Academic Writing II, week 2: October 10th, 2014

Homework

Read again the model essay on pages 90-91, and find the objections; how does the writer reply to the objections?

Today’s class

  1. Non-academic writing vs academic writing
    1. Turning non-academic writing into academic writing. Three examples from student writing
    2. Would a newsreader say this on television? If not, it’s probably not academic writing.
    3. Add facts and figures.
    4. Cut personal references, UNLESS they provide important information for the reader.
    5. Support facts with references and/or citations.
  2. Examples
    1. I have been going to a swimming club for 13 years -> It is very common for Japanese children to attend a swimming club.  Most swimming clubs are private and many of them offer a bus-service to collect children and take them home afterwards. (If you can add some figures, that would be even more academic, e.g. “According to a recent survey by a Sports Pyschology professor at Tokai University (Suzuki), 4 out of 10 children attend a swimming club during their elementary school years.”
    2. I went to Germany during the summer vacation -> Every year, a number (how many?) of Japanese university students studying a foreign language, travel abroad to a country where that language is spoken to study “in situ” for a several weeks. Germany is one of those destinations. I will describe my time in Regensburg, Germany, as it is typical of many students’ experience of studying abroad.
  3. Persuasive essay topics: see the list on page 95. Choose one, or choose your own. Read again the introductory paragraph of the model essay on page. 90. Note its structure. Write the introductory paragraph for your persuasive essay.

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Academic Writing II, week 1: October 3rd, 2014

Homework

Read the sample essay on pages 90-91 of the textbook.

Today’s class

  1. Free writing (6 minutes, then editing time)
  2. Characteristics (rules) of academic writing
    1. Use correct format
    2. have at least 5 paragraphs
    3. logical order
    4. avoid using personal pronouns, especially I, you and we.
    5. avoid using contractions, such as e.g. and etc.
    6. avoid using contractions such as I’ll, they’re, won’t, isn’t, and so on.
  3. Re-write your free writing.
  4. Essay-writing points
    1. Define your terms: do your readers need some background information?
    2. Have a clear purpose for your essay, and state that purpose early on, ideally in the first paragraph.
    3. Use facts and figures
    4. Give references to show where you got your facts and figures from.
    5. Give value to the reader.
    6. The reader is not interested in you personally.
  5. We read the first and last paragraphs of the model essay on pages 90-91.

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Academic Writing II – week 14, January 17th, 2014

Next week: we will write the final timed essay in class. This will be essay #3.  All students must complete 3 essays to pass this course. Students absent on this day will automatically fail the course. We will also read each other’s timed essays and my selection of  student essays #2, and do some final free writing.

Homework:

To those students whom it may concern:

  • finish writing the following essays (which were due a looong time ago, by the way) and bring them to the next (final) class. I will not accept essays after next Friday, Jan. 24th. I am not coming to KPU again after this date. Nor will I accept emailed essays after this date.
    • your timed essay
    • essay #1 (persuasive essay)
    • essay #2 (response essay)
  • bring to next class all your free writings for this semester

Today’s class:

Timed essay revision

  1. p. 148 Practice 12
  2. p. 149 practice 13
  3. p. 149 Your Turn – edit your own timed essay, checking for irrelevant information and adding any important ideas.
  4. p. 150 A – read, and do practice 14
  5. p. 151 practice 15, and Your Turn – edit your essay for runons.
  6. p. 152 Practice 16 – find the mistakes and make the corrections directly on your textbook.
  7. p. 152 Your Turn – do the same for the 6 items listed on that page.
  8. p. 152 practice 17 and Your Turn – add a title to your timed essay.
  9. Hand in your completed and corrected time essay.

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Academic Writing II – week 13, January 10th, 2014

Homework:

  • Finish writing your timed essay and bring it to class next week. This only applies to students who were absent today, or who were absent last class (Dec. 20th).
  • Bring all your free writing for this semester to next Friday’s class (Jan. 17th)

Makeup class tomorrow (Saturday) at the usual time and in the same classroom. If you have not completed the 2 essays or have been absent more than 4 times, you should attend this class if you wish to pass the course.

Today’s class:

  1. 10 minutes’ free writing.
  2. Textbook: p. 144 Practice 9
  3. p. 145 D – read.
  4. p. 145 Practice 10: write your 2 supports on a piece of looseleaf paper.
  5. p. 146 Your Turn – 15 minutes.
  6. p. 146 E – read
  7. p. 147 Practice 11.

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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 II – week 11, December 13th, 2013

Homework:

  • Re-write your essay #2, including bibliography.

Today’s class

  • Reading classmates’ essays
  • Conference with instructor
  • Textbook
    • p 127 Practice 11 writing a bibliography
    • Ch6 p 134 have you ever done a timed writing?
    • P135 Read the sample essay
    • P 137 Practice 2
    • P 138 Practice 3

 


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Academic Writing II – week 10, December 6th, 2013

Homework

  • Write your essay #2, either
    • a personal response to some text (a poem, speech, book – fiction or non-fiction – or song.
    • an academic response like the one in the textbook.
  • Print it ou and bring it to class next week
  • Finish re-writing your essay #1 (if you have not yet done so) and give or email it to me as soon as possible.

Whichever type you use, give the reader all the information he or she needs to find and read or listen to the work you are responding to.

Today’s class

Students started writing essay #2.


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