Presentation on theme: "Introduction to Developmental Writing"— Presentation transcript:
1 Introduction to Developmental Writing Instructor: Jose J. Gonzalez Jr.
2 Welcome to my class Some information about myself I have taught for about 20 yearsin junior hi, high school and college.Currently, I teach developmental writing, academic English, college success, and government.I have a BA in Political Science and a MA in English. I am currently working on a Masters in music.
3 Purpose of Writing course To prepare students for the writing part of the THEA testTo prepare students for academic English
4 Class assignments1. Six essays, most of which will be persuasive2. Many grammar exercises3. Notes on both grammar and essay writing4. Essay tests and grammar tests5. Quizzes on both grammar and essays
10 Different careers that require good writing skills . . . NursePolicemanSecretaryJournalistTeacherComputer specialistManagerParalegalSocial workerCounselorScientistInsurance salesmanBusiness manSchool administratorTravel agentMechanic
11 Different types of writing PoeticLiteraryInformativeAdvertising
12 Poetry 1463 A Route of Evanescence With a revolving Wheel— A Resonance of Emerald—A Rush of CochinealAnd every Blossom on the BushAdjusts its tumbled Head—The mail from Tunis, probably,An easy Morning’s Ride—Emily Dickinson, c.1879
13 LiteraryA cloudy day: do you know what that is in a town of iron-works? The sky sank down before dawn, muddy, flat, immovable. The air is thick, clammy with the breath of crowded human beings. It stifles me. I open the window, and looking out, can scarcely see through the rain the grocer’s shop opposite, where a crowd of drunken Irishmen are puffing Lynchburg tobacco in their pipes. I can detect the scent through all the foul smells ranging loose in the air.Life in the Iron-Mills, Rebecca Harding Davis
14 InformativeHerman Melville began life with everything in his favor; heredity first of all, with two genuine Revolutionary heroes for grandfathers. The Melville family was solidly established in Boston and the Gannsevoorts were linked to the greatest Dutch patroon families of New York. Melville’s much traveled father, Allan Melville, a dry goods merchant in New York City, took inordinate pride in the genealogy of the Melvilles, tracing the line past Scottish renaissance courtiers to a queen of Hungary and tracing his mother’s family, the Scollays, to the king of Norway.
15 Advertsing . . . When you need a smoke, buy Camel’s. I’d walk a mile for a Camel any day of the week!
17 To be a good writer you need to-- Be logicalBe organizedHave some idea of the world around youRead on a daily basisBe able to take criticismKnow grammar wellHave a well developed vocabularyWrite oftenBe determined
18 Some general information about the THEA Writing test It is composed of two partsWriting part, persuasive essayGrammar part, multiple choice questions
19 Writing Part Persuasive essay, minimum 350 words But, What does persuasive mean?
20 Persuasive definedYou are trying to convince some one of some certain view point on a controversial issue.For example, are you for or against cell phone use in automobiles?Yes or NoHowever, you have to decided one way or another.
21 How is the essay scored? And who scores the essays? The essays are sent to Austin and are graded by two readers.These readers can either give you a score of 1,2,3, or 4.With the combination scores, you can have a minimum score of 2 to a maximum score of 8.2, 3, and 4 are failing6,7 and 8 are passing
22 But what about 5?In other words, one person gives you a 3 and the other gives you a 2In this case, and only in this case, they grade the grammar part of the essay. If you do well, you pass; if you do poorly, you fail.
23 Tell me about a funny incident that happen to you.