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Academic Writing II, week 11: December 12th, 2014


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Today’s class

  1. Read the sample response essay 4. Sample_Response_Essay4  This is for your reference only. There is no need to respond, but if you want to, please do so in the comments.
  2. Textbook Chapter 6: Timed Essays.
    1. Read figure 6.1 on p. 134 and answer question 4
    2. P. 135. Read the directions, essay question and first paragraph.
    3. P. 136. Read C “Timed Essays” to understand how your essay will be graded.
    4. Read p. 137 D and answer the questions in Practice 2.
    5. Read p. 140 A and answer the questions in Practice 5 and 6 (p. 141).
    6. Read the essay questions on p. 139 E and p.142 Practice 7, and choose one to answer.
    7. Look at the outline A on p. 142, and write an outline for your timed essay (step 6).

Academic Writing I, week 11: June 27th, 2014


  • Write the first draft of your compare-contrast essay. You can change your topic or use the same topic as last week.

Today’s class:

  1. Exchanged lists of ridiculous topics
  2. Comments on last week’s work:
    1. Give value to the reader – something new and interesting
    2. Remember, the reader is not familiar with Japanese society and is probably not interested in it. You must persuade the reader that your essay will be interesting to someone living in Europe or America or some other part of the world.
    3. Use your own experience if you can. This will make your essay more interesting and more persuasive.
    4. Use facts and figures if at all possible. They will make your essay more persuasive.
  3. Read the first paragraph of “Friends.com” essay, pp 69-70
    1. What is the topic of the essay? (A: “online friends have several advantages over face-to-face friends”)
    2. How many advantages are there, and what are they? (A: 3, “you can communicate with online friends in new and different ways, you can share your feelings more deeply and honestly, and you can meet compatible friends that you would never have had the chance to know in the past.”)
  4. Read the conclusion. Notice how the conclusion does not provide new information (for example, new advantages), and how it repeats the introduction in different words. Also notice the final sentence.


Academic Writing II – week 11, December 21st, 2012

Homework (for Jan. 11th):

  1. Write a response to
    1. a poem
    2. a novel
    3. a non-fiction book
    4. a movie
    5. a song
    6. a newspaper or magazine article
  2. Include several paraphrases and direct quotes from the original source.
  3. This assignment is due January 11th. Print it out and bring it to class.
  4. If you were absent today, do the classwork and it email it to me as soon as possible. Then do the homework and bring it to class January 11th.

Today’s class:

  1. I returned students’ freewriting from last week (see here)
  2. In random groups, read each others’ freewriting and comment on it.
  3. We read the textbook sections on paraphrasing and direct quoting and citations, page 118, 120, 121 and 122.
  4. Read the Gary North essay “If computers do the thinking” (PDF: DGN_If-computers-do-the-thinking), and paraphrase one sentence, and directly quote another sentence, using the MLA style as described in the textbook.

I wish you all a happy, peaceful and relaxing holiday.


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Academic Writing I – week 11, June 29th, 2012

Today, we did in the textbook,

  1. p 52 Practice 7 (Answers 3, B, B)
  2. p 53 Your Turn – make an outline
  3. E The Conclusion and Practice 8 (Answers – the best is #4; #1 is too general, #2 is OK, #3 has no solution)
  4. p 54 Your Turn – plan your conclusion
  5. We wrote the first draft of Essay #2 – Problem-solution



Finish writing your first draft, email it to me, print out and bring to class.