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University of Phoenix Course Syllabus COM 155 University Composition and Communication 1 Course Start Date: 11/01/2010 Course End Date: 01/16/2011 Please print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference. Whenever there is a question about what assignments are due, please remember this syllabus is considered the ruling document.

Copyright Copyright ©2009 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved. University of Phoenix© is a registered trademark of Apollo Group, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft©, Windows©, and Windows NT© are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Use of these marks is not intended to imply endorsement, sponsorship, or affiliation. Edited in accordance with University of Phoenix© editorial standards and practices. Facilitator Information Mary Ann Troy matroy1@email.phoenix.edu (University of Phoenix) matroy1@aol.com (Personal) 248-835-4832 (EST ) Facilitator Availability I am available from 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Eastern Time on most days. If these times are not convenient for you, please let me know. I will be happy to accommodate your schedule, if possible. I provide you with these times to make it easier to communicate with me, and not to limit our contact. I want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should not hesitate to do so. For emergencies, when you are not able to gain access to messages on the Online Learning System (OLS), please send a message to my personal email address. In the event a third party needs to contact me, please direct them to my contact information listed under "facilitator information." No third party should use your login credentials to gain access to the classroom.

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Where to Go to Class Main: This is the main forum for the class and is where discussion is conducted. It has read-and-write access for everyone. Chat-Room: This is a read-and-write access forum. It is designed as a place to discuss issues not related to the course content. This is the forum to which we will send our bios. Course-Materials: This is a read-only forum, which means you can read messages here but cannot send any. This is where I will post the course syllabus and materials. Individual Forum: You will see one forum with your name on it. This is a private forum, shared only by you and me, the facilitator. Your classmates will not have access to this forum. You can ask questions here. However, if you have general questions about instructions of assignments, please post those in the Main forum, since other students may benefit by that exchange as well. Where to Submit Your Assignments Assignment Section: This is where you will submit all formal assignments. Navigate to the Assignments link on eCampus. Locate the link to submit your assignment as an attachment. Policies For class policies, please see the "Policies" link on the left side of the Materials page for the course on eCampus. Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within that link. University policies are subject to change so please be sure to read them at the beginning of each class as it may have changed since your last class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities it is important you read the policies governing your current class modality. Technical Support Technical Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-877-832-4867, or use the e-mail support form. Answers to the most common issues are found in the Knowledge Base by clicking Help, found at the top of every student Web site. Feedback Each week, I will provide grades or scores and comments on your assignments. Grading Formula Percentage % Grade 95+ 90-94 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-73 A AB+ B BC+ C C-

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Course Description This course addresses the key elements necessary for effective academic writing in college. The course begins with focus on prewriting strategies and builds to drafting and revising essays. In addition, the course includes skill development at the sentence and paragraph level. Course Topics & Objectives Week One: Proper Sentence Structure • Identify the components of a basic sentence. • Identify the four most serious writing errors. Week Two: Verb Problems • Define subject–verb agreement. • Identify how to avoid mistakes in verb tense. • Explain when to use each tense. Week Three: Punctuation and Capitalization • Recognize the appropriate use of punctuation. • Demonstrate proper use of capital letters. • Differentiate between plurals and possessives. Week Four: Proper Word Use • Demonstrate proper word choice for a complete sentence. • Identify commonly confused word mistakes. Week Five: Use of Substitution for Nouns • Define the function of a pronoun. • Explain how to use a pronoun correctly. • Summarize appropriate use of pronouns for academic writing. Week Six: Adjectives and Adverbs • Describe the use of an adjective. • Describe the use of an adverb. • Differentiate between an adjective and adverb. Week Seven: Topic Sentences and Writing Paragraphs • Explain effective practices for developing a topic sentence. • Explain effective means for writing a paragraph. Week Eight: Summary, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation • Identify the role of reading in the writing process. • Identify the differences between summarizing, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation paragraphs. Week Nine: Balancing Ideas with Rhythm in Writing • Define sentence variety in paragraphs. • Explain how sentence variety places rhythm in paragraphs. • Describe why the rhythm of writing in paragraphs is important to the reader.

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Course Materials Anker, S. (2009). Real essays with readings: Writing projects for college, work, and everyday life (3rd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. Axia College’s Short Form Writing Style Handbook, available online via your student web page. Axia College’s Writing Style Handbook, available online at https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/CWE/pdfs/Axiawriting_style_handbook.pdf All electronic materials are available on your student Web site. Software Exercise Central MyWritingLab Point Values for Course Assignments ASSIGNMENTS Individual (100%) Week One Assignment: Sentence Structure Review Week Two Assignment: Verb Practice Week Three Assignment: Identifying Errors in Writing Week Four Assignment: Sentence Correction and Changes in Writing Week Five Assignment: Pronoun Practice Week Six Assignment: Review – Adjectives, Adverbs, and Comparisons Week Seven Assignment: Paragraphs and Topic Sentences Week Eight Assignment: Summary, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation Week Nine Assignment: Final Assignment All Weeks Participation and Discussion Questions Total 100 20 27 5 10 8 5 10 5 5 5 Points

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Week One Proper Sentence Structure • Identify the components of a basic sentence. • Identify the four most serious writing errors. Course Assignments 1. Course Preparation • Read the course description and objectives. • Read the instructor’s biography and post your own. 2. Readings • Read Ch. 22–26 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 3. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Sentence Structure • Resource: Exercise Central, Appendix A • Read the directions in Appendix A to complete the following exercises:
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697: Identifying sentence parts (multiple choice) 698: Identifying sentence parts (multiple choice) 774: The complete sentence (multiple choice) 781: The complete sentence (multiple choice)

• Post the screenshot of the completed activities according to the directions in Appendix A. 4. Assignment: Sentence Structure Review • Resource: Appendix B • Read Appendix B. • Review the eight sentences. • Identify which of the four errors, if any, is present in each sentence. • Rewrite the sentence so that it is a grammatically correct sentence. • Post your assignment as a Microsoft® Word attachment. 5. Discussion Questions • List at least one of the serious writing errors identified on p. 385 and identify how such an error could negatively affect your writing. •

Identify which of the four most serious writing errors listed on p. 385 you find challenging to overcome in your own writing. State a method to avoid this error. Exercise Central’s activities this week provide practice with the key grammar points covered in this week’s objectives. What are the key lessons you learned from these activities? How might the exercises help you as you work on improving your writing? Page 391 provides information about verbs. List the difference between a linking verb and an action verb. Use at least one example of each type of verb in a sentence.

List each of the seven basic parts of speech identified on pp. 385 & 386. Describe their usage and the most common ways they are misused. Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 1 Deliverables

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Assignment Bio Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Sentence Structure Review

Location Chat Room Forum Main Forum Assignments link

Due Day 2 (Tuesday 11/2) Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 11/7)

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Week Two Verb Problems • Define subject–verb agreement. • Identify how to avoid mistakes in verb tense. • Explain when to use each tense. Course Assignments 1. Readings • Read Ch. 25 & 26 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Subject–Verb Agreement • Resource: Appendix C • Follow the directions in Appendix C to complete the following exercises on MyWritingLab: o Sentence to Paragraph: Complete Sentences and Subjects and Verbs Access the Grammar Mechanics section of the Grammar and Writing Guides.
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Click Library. Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. Click Tutorials & Guides. Click the Grammar and Writing Guides under Grammar Tutorials. Click on Grammar Mechanics. Finally, click Subject–Verb Agreement. Review the information provided.

Post your assignment for faculty review. Feedback Question (optional): How are your reading strategies working for you? Is reading the content of this course the same as or different from reading content in other courses? Is it easier? Is it harder? Do you have any suggestions for how to make reading this sort of content more effective for yourself? 3. Assignment: Verb Practice • Resource: Weekly Readings • Write five sentences about the role of education in successful financial planning, in which you correctly use a different verb tense in each sentence. • Mark each verb used in bold and, in parentheses, identify the specific tense used. • Post your submission as an attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • How might a potential employer evaluate your writing if you did not use proper verb tenses? Why?

Identify the five trouble spots located on pp. 436–446 to help avoid making mistakes in subject-verb agreement. Which mistake do you think is the worst? Why? This week, we discussed verb usage by focusing on subject–verb agreement and verb tenses. Based on the grammar apply section of MyWritingLab, what lessons have you learned that will change the way you write in the future? What is the definition of subject–verb agreement? Provide one example of how to avoid making mistakes in verb tense and explain why this information will help your writing skills. What are the definitions of the past progressive and future progressive tenses? Write two sentences about family financial goals using the past progressive and future progressive tenses.

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 2 Deliverables

Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Verb Practice

Location Main Forum Assignments link

Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 11/14)

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Week Three
Punctuation and Capitalization • Recognize the appropriate use of punctuation. • Demonstrate proper use of capital letters. • Differentiate between plurals and possessives.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Read Ch. 27, & 37–41 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Capitalization • Resources: Appendix A, Appendix C, Exercise Central • Read the directions in Appendix A to complete the following exercise: • 688: Capitalizing proper nouns (multiple choice) Follow the directions in Appendix C to complete the following exercise on MyWritingLab: o Mechanics: Commas and Mechanics: Apostrophes Access the Grammar Mechanics section of the Grammar and Writing Guides.

• Click Library. Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. • • Click Tutorials & Guides. Click the Grammar and Writing Guides under Grammar Tutorials. • Click on Grammar Mechanics. • o Finally, click Capitalization. o Review the information provided. • Post your assignments for faculty review. • Feedback Question (optional): Is writing in college what you expected it to be? What challenges have you found to being an effective college writer? 3. Assignment: Identifying Errors in Writing • Resource: Appendix D • Review the passage in Appendix D. o o o The passage has 20 errors related to the concepts covered in Ch. 37–41. Mark each of the errors in bold and make the correction in parentheses after the error. Example: My cars interior is black. This must be marked as follows: My cars (car’s) interior is black.

Post your assignment as a Microsoft® Word attachment. • 4. Discussion Questions • Often, students rely on improper punctuation and capitalization because of the popularity and convenience of sending text messages. In academic writing, however, you must strive to use appropriate punctuation and capitalization. Why do you need to use appropriate punctuation, including plurals and possessives, in your writing? • Page 673 provides examples of how comma placements may completely change the meaning of a sentence. Knowing this, what can you do as a writer to ensure your comma usage helps you to communicate clearly? Review the lessons on commas and apostrophes in MyWritingLab. Based on what you learned, what can you do to minimize errors when using commas and apostrophes in your writing? Write three sentences using plurals correctly and three sentences using possessives correctly on the topic of how to store personal financial information effectively and efficiently. Chapter 41 shows examples of proper nouns that need to be capitalized. List four examples of capitalized proper nouns from this chapter. Explain your strategy for determining when to use capitalized proper nouns in the future.

Weekly Reminders

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Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 3 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Identifying Errors in Writing Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 11/21)

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Week Four
Proper Word Use • Demonstrate proper word choice for a complete sentence. • Identify commonly confused word mistakes.

Course Assignments
Readings • Read Ch. 34–36 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Commonly Confused Words and Video Review • Resources: Exercise Central • Access the Grammar Mechanics section of the Grammar and Writing Guides. • Click Library. • Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. Click Tutorials & Guides. • • Click the Grammar and Writing Guides under Grammar Tutorials. • Click on Grammar Mechanics. o Finally, click Commonly Confused Words. o Review the information provided. Review the video: “Word Choice” located on your student web page. Read the directions in Appendix A to complete the following exercises: 1.

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o 451: Commonly confused words (multiple choice) o 452: Commonly confused words (multiple choice) o 723: Commonly confused words (multiple choice) o 724: Commonly confused words (multiple choice) • Post the screenshot of the completed activities. • Feedback Question (optional): Make a plan to organize your first academic paper. Include references to the Axia College’s Short Form Writing Style Handbook. This plan must include your time management preparation and elements of how to maintain a healthy stress level, because this is your first academic paper. 3. Assignment: Sentence Correction and Changes in Writing • • Resources: Weekly Readings and Appendix E This assignment has three distinct parts. o

First, determine whether the sample sentences in Appendix E are correct. If it is not correct, make the correction needed. o Second, write five sentences in which you address changes in your writing. o Third, write a brief 100-word explanation in which you explain how the material studied this week has changed the way you write. • Provide at least two specific examples of changes you have implemented based on what you learned this week. • Post your submission as a Microsoft® Word attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • Writing errors, such as those identified in the readings for this week, may influence the way a reader interprets your writing. A résumé that is marred by grammatical errors, for example, may prevent a job candidate from progressing to the interview stage. Do you think it is appropriate for people to be judged based on their writing? Explain your answer. • • List five commonly confused word mistakes. Then, demonstrate their correct usage in well-written sentences. This week, the discussions have focused on the importance of word choice and avoiding commonly confused words. Identify three key strategies to ensure you will choose words correctly in the future to improve your writing. Page 634 mentions that a thesaurus is a helpful tool. One challenge of using a thesaurus is that each word has its own connotation, and although the meanings may be similar, there are often subtle differences. Think about the following pairs of words: confident and arrogant, quiet and introverted, pure and naïve. The general meaning

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is the same, but one word in each pair typically has a positive connotation, whereas the other has a negative connotation. Write one sentence using each word to demonstrate that you understand the correct connotation. When using synonyms, what steps might you take to ensure your word choice carries the correct connotation? • Spelling errors may be eliminated by using spell check. Spell checks often do not catch errors if the wrong word is chosen, however. This has led to common writing errors such as advice instead of advise, loose instead of lose, and there instead of their. Describe your strategies that ensure you will not make these kinds of mistakes.

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 4 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Sentence Correction and Changes in Writing Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 11/28)

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Week Five
Use of Substitution for Nouns • Define the function of a pronoun. • Explain how to use a pronoun correctly. • Summarize appropriate use of pronouns for academic writing.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Review Ch. 27 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Pronouns • Resources: Exercise Central and Appendix A • Read the directions in Appendix A to complete the following exercises: • 664: Understanding pronoun case: compounds (multiple choice) 425: Choosing correct pronouns (multiple choice) • • 659: Understanding pronoun-antecedent agreement (multiple choice) • 795: Pronouns (multiple choice) • 796: Pronouns (multiple choice) • 510: Using who and whom (multiple choice) • 666: Understanding pronoun case: Who and whom (multiple choice) Access the Grammar Mechanics section of the Grammar and Writing Guides.

• Click Library. Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. • • Click Tutorials & Guides. • Click the Grammar and Writing Guides under Grammar Tutorials. Click on Grammar Mechanics. • o Finally, click Pronouns. o Review the information provided. • Post the screenshot of the completed activities. • Feedback Question (optional): How are your organization skills working for you? What is working? What challenges remain? 3. Assignment: Pronoun Practice • Resource: Weekly Readings Write several sentences describing a recent interaction with a friend or family member about personal finance • or credit cards. This interaction may be imagined or real. • Use at least five different pronouns in your sentences. • Identify all pronouns used by bolding them. • Post your assignment as a Microsoft® Word attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • Write six original sentences in which pronouns are used in a consistent manner. What strategies might a writer use to ensure pronouns are used effectively? • Rewrite the first sentence of Ch. 27 in your own words. Identify the three basic types of pronouns mentioned on pp. 495 & 496. Explain why using pronouns may help make your writing more effective. This week, we discussed how to properly use pronouns. You have been asked to complete several exercises to help practice using pronouns effectively. Explain which of these exercises you found most useful and elaborate on how it will help your writing in the future. The words who and whom are often used incorrectly. Review pp. 509 & 510. Imagine that you are teaching an ESL (English as a second language) student about how to use who and whom. Provide an explanation to make it easy for him or her to understand the concept. Provide at least three examples using each pronoun. Academic writing standards generally condemn the use of first- and second-person pronouns such as I, me, my, you, and your. Why do you think this is the case?

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 5 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Pronoun Practice Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 12/5)

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Week Six
Adjectives and Adverbs • Describe the use of an adjective. • Describe the use of an adverb. • Differentiate between an adjective and adverb.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Read Ch. 28 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Choosing the Right Words – Adjectives and Adverbs • Resource: Appendix C • Follow the directions in Appendix C to complete the following exercises on MyWritingLab: o o • • Choosing the Right Words: Adjectives Choosing the Right Words: Adverbs

Post your assignments for faculty review. Feedback Question (optional): Imagine you are expected to write a three-page paper. Design an organizational and time management plan to complete this paper. Keep in mind the paper requirements are to select a topic, write a thesis, write supporting material, and include a minimum of three sources. 3. Assignment: Review – Adjectives, Adverbs, and Comparisons • Resource: Weekly Readings Use at least five adverbs and five adjectives to write a brief review of a movie, sporting event, musical • performance, or television show. • Bold each adverb. • Underline each adjective. • Compare the event to one or more similar events. When comparing, use at least three comparatives and three superlatives. • Post your assignment for faculty review. 4. Discussion Questions • Review pp. 517–520. Describe your experience with credit and credit cards in a brief paragraph using at least five adverbs and five adjectives in your description. Bold the adverbs and underline the adjectives. What is the most effective way to determine whether a word is an adjective or an adverb? • Students are often confused about the use of the words good and well in their writing. Write a 100-word passage to Susan Anker, the author of the course’s textbook, in which you describe five details from her book that are good and five details about the book that are written well. It is not unusual for writers to confuse adverbs and adjectives. How did the material in MyWritingLab help reduce the possibility of confusion? Describe the strategies you have developed to avoid confusing the use of adverbs and adjectives in the future. Find a movie review in an online publication for a movie currently playing in theaters. Post the link to the review for the class and provide five examples of how the reviewer used adverbs and five examples of the use of adjectives. Has the reviewer used them effectively? Why or why not? Compare and contrast your abilities as an academic writer now as opposed to when you began at Axia College. Using four comparatives and four superlatives within your responses, explain what has led to these changes and what changes you will make in the future.

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 6 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Adjectives, Adverbs, and Comparisons Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 12/12)

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Week Seven
Topic Sentences and Writing Paragraphs • Explain effective practices for developing a topic sentence. • Explain effective means for writing a paragraph.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Read Ch. 3 of Real Essays with Readings. • Read the Axia College’s Short Form Writing Style Handbook. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Topic Sentences • Resource: Center for Writing Excellence • Access the Grammar Mechanics section of the Grammar and Writing Guides. • Click Library. Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. • • Click Tutorials & Guides. • Click the Grammar and Writing Guides under Grammar Tutorials. • Click on Writing Style. o Finally, click Topic Sentence. o Review the information provided. • Feedback Question (optional): Have you been using the Center for Writing Excellence? How has that worked for you? How might that help you in the remainder of this course? What challenges have you found when using the Center for Writing Excellence? 3. Assignment: Paragraphs and Topic Sentences • Write two paragraphs about how interest rates affect our purchasing decisions. • Identify the topic sentence in each by underlining it. • Post your paper as an attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • Based on the readings in Ch. 3, identify key points to keep in mind when writing a topic sentence. How might these key points help you write effectively? • This week, you were asked to review the Topic Sentence section in the Center for Writing Excellence. Using the topic of home ownership versus leasing, identify a topic and provide a topic sentence you would use in a paragraph about the topic. After reviewing the information in Ch. 3, identify the three key parts of a paragraph. Page 50 has five paragraphs. Review the five paragraphs and identify which you think is most effective. Explain why you think it is the most effective. When writing a paragraph, it is important that the topic sentence and supporting points within that paragraph be directly related. What would be the reaction of a reader if the topic sentences in an essay did not coincide with the supporting points?

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 7 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Paragraphs and Topic Sentences Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 12/19)

NOTE: WINTER BREAK

Monday 12/20 until Sunday January 2, 2011

Week 8 resumes Monday, January 3, 2011

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Week Eight -- Starts Monday, January 3, 2011
Summary, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation • Identify the role of reading in the writing process. • Identify the differences between summarizing, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation paragraphs.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Read Ch. 2 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Writing Academic Papers • Resource: Center for Writing Excellence • Access the Writing Wizards section of the Grammar and Writing Guides. o Click Library. o Go to the Center for Writing Excellence. o Click Tutorials Guides. o Click The Grammar Guide and then Writing Wizards. o Click on Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays. o Click on the Download the Complete Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays. o Review the information provided on pp. 1-3. • Feedback Question (optional): What are you doing to ensure you remain an ethical and honest student? 3. Assignment: Summary, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation • Resource: Appendix F • Read the four sample paragraphs in Appendix F. • Identify whether the paragraph was a summary, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation. • Write a paragraph explaining the key differences between the four types of writing. • Post your assignment as a Microsoft® Word attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • Read the summary paragraph on the bottom of p. 37. Identify the author’s goal in writing the paragraph. How effectively do you think the author met that goal? • • • Read the two-paragraph analysis passage on p. 38. Identify the purpose of the writing. Pages 1-3 of the Guidelines for Writing Academic Essays show different types of essays. Explain the key differences between the types of essays. Read the second paragraph of the synthesis passage. It may be found on pp. 38 & 39. Using your reading for the week and this paragraph in particular, answer the following questions. • • • What is the key objective when writing a paragraph on synthesis? Do you feel the author was effective?

Review the evaluation paragraph on p. 40. Identify what the author did well and what the author could have done better. Explain what situations lend themselves to evaluation.

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Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 8 Deliverables
Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Summary, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation Location Main Forum Assignments link Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 1/9)

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Week Nine
Balancing Ideas with Rhythm in Writing • Define sentence variety in paragraphs. • Explain how sentence variety places rhythm in paragraphs. • Describe why the rhythm of writing in paragraphs is important to the reader.

Course Assignments
1. Readings • Read Ch. 32 of Real Essays with Readings. • Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for this week. 2. Nongraded Activities and Preparation: Sentence Variety • Resources: Appendix A and Appendix C • Read the directions in Appendix A to complete the following exercises: • 531: Improving sentence variety (multiple choice) 532: Improving sentence variety (multiple choice) • • 717: Sentence variety (multiple choice) Follow the directions in Appendix C to complete the following exercises on MyWritingLab:

o Paragraph to Essay: Sentence Improvement, Varying Sentence Structure • Post your assignments for faculty review. 3. Assignment: Final Assignment • Resource: Appendix G Read two of the five paragraphs provided in Appendix G. • • Write a brief paragraph of about 150 words in which you do the following: o o o o • • Identify which paragraph was more effective and analyze why this was so. Include a discussion of sentence variety and the rhythm of the author’s writing. Focus on the writing rather than the opinions presented. Underline your topic sentence.

Submit your paragraph to WritePoint in the Center for Writing Excellence. Review the feedback provided by the Center for Writing Excellence and make corrections to your paragraph. o When doing so, understand that WritePoint may be helpful but is not always correct. Make only the corrections you feel are appropriate.

Write a second paragraph, also of about 150 words, in which you describe the feedback you received from WritePoint, providing specific examples of helpful suggestions, as well as ones you felt may have been incorrect and why you think that is the case. o Underline your topic sentence.

Write a third and final paragraph in which describe your strategy for using WritePoint in the future. o o Include a discussion of how to accommodate submission and feedback time. Underline your topic sentence.

• Post your three paragraphs as a Microsoft® Word attachment. 4. Discussion Questions • It is important to consider sentence variety and rhythm in your writing. Define sentence variety and rhythm in your own words and explain how they interact in effective writing. • Define repetition in writing and explain why it is important to avoid repeating words or phrases when you create an academic essay. You will be required to write multiple paragraph essays in future courses. One common mistake to avoid is writing paragraphs that are too short or too long. After reviewing the sentence variety exercises for this week, how can you ensure that your paragraphs are of an appropriate length?

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Review the example paragraphs on pp. 563 & 564. In what ways, if any, are these changes significant? What specific modifications make one paragraph more effective than the other? What are two common mistakes a writer might make that could cause his or her writing to be ineffective for readers? What steps might you take to avoid these mistakes early in the writing stage, thereby communicating more efficiently and effectively?

Weekly Reminders Discussion Questions Discussion question responses will count towards the class participation requirement. Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score. Summary of Week 9 Deliverables

Assignment Participation and Discussion Questions Assignment: Final

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Due Ongoing (4 days per week) Day 7 (Sunday 1/16)

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