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1 One-hour Essay Writing Workshops & Retest For Developmental Writing Students Presented by George Wilhite Chair, English Dept,.TSTC-Waco ALP Conference, Baltimore, MD June 13, 2013

2 HISTORY In the fall of 2009, TSTC-Waco's English department enrollment skyrocketed from about 1600 students to more than 2500 students with no addition to the existing faculty. Our developmental writing classes, designed for students, were suddenly full of students. We had to find some way to deal with this influx. We had been doing a writing workshop for bubble students for several semesters. We had found that some students capable of freshman composition work (our ENGL 1301) were being placed in dev ed classes. The workshop gave them a chance to move out of dev ed and into freshman comp.

3 Student participation in the workshop is:

4 Voluntary

5 Student participation in the workshop is: Voluntary Open to all levels, even the lowest.

6 At the beginning of the workshop, it is made clear that the retest is NOT for everyone.

7 At the beginning of the workshop, it is made clear that the retest is NOT for everyone. If they understand the info, then they SHOULD take the test.

8 At the beginning of the workshop, it is made clear that the retest is NOT for everyone. If they understand the info, then they SHOULD take the test. I they DO NOT understand the info, then they SHOULD NOT take the test.

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17 17 WRITING THE ESSAY Copyright 1999, Geo. Wilhite

18 18 Two steps most people do not do: Prewriting (Generate ideas/Organize ideas) Post-writing (Proof/Edit)

19 Attending college is different than going to high school because college students pick their classes, college costs money, and college students must be more responsible. First, college students pick their classes. One way they pick classes is by time. They can choose morning or afternoon classes. For example, my roommate chose to take his WRIT 0200 class at 11 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. because he can never get up out of bed in the morning. Another way they choose classes is by instructor. They can choose an easy teacher or a hard teacher. For example, I took Dr. Wilson for psychology because he only gives two pages of homework a night rather than Dr. Lawton, who gives 10 pages a night. One more way they can choose is by location. They can choose a class that is comfortable. For example, I had a class in Room 129 last summer and it was always hot, so this semester I chose Room 120 which is always cold. Second, college costs money. One way it costs is tuition. Students have to pay tuition based on the number of hours they take. For example, this semester, my sister is taking 12 hours of classes at TSTC, and her tuition is $1,200. Another cost is books. They are expensive and students need several of them each semester. For example, my laser optics textbook cost $156 and all 10 of my textbooks this semester totaled $1, 034. One more way is equipment. Many of the technologies require students to have special tools which are expensive. For example, my auto mechanics class required me to buy a $1,500 set of Snap-On sockets. Third, college students must be more responsible. One way is attendance. They are responsible for getting themselves up to get to class, not Mommy or Daddy. For example, my mom used to wake me up with a cup of coffee to get to school, but now I have and to buy three alarm clocks to make sure I wake up for my 8 a.m. Another is homework. Students now must have the will power to do their homework. For example, in high school, my mom made me do homework when I got home from school, but now I am the only one who can make myself do the homework. One more is studying. Mom and Dad aren’t there to grip at me college students to study. For example, last semester I forgot to study for my chemistry exam all week until the night before, so I had to cram all night. Because college students pick their classes, college costs money, and college students must be more responsible, attending college is different than going to high school. 19 Introduction Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Conclusion An essay which passes the Accuplacer should look something like this:

20 20 First, OneAnother For example, One More You can do these templates even before you see the prompt. Use the “hint” words (transitions) to help you know what goes where later.

21 21 Second, OneAnother For example, One More

22 22 Third, OneAnother For example, One More

23 23 INTRODUCTION Use the prompt or test question to come up with your thesis statement. Prompt: For many students, going to college is the same as entering another world while others consider it just a natural progression from high school. Some feel it is different because they are free to pick their own classes, college costs money, and college students must be more responsible. Those who feel it is the same cite same subjects, same attitudes of teachers, and similar rules and regulations. Do you think attending college is different from going to high school?

24 24 To get a Thesis Statement: 1. Find the question (?) 2. Decide! 3. Turn the question into a statement 4. Add “because” 5. Add 1, 2, and 3

25 25 For many students, going to college is the same as entering another world while others consider it just a natural progression from high school. Some feel it is different because they now must pick their own classes, schedule the times of those classes, and be responsible for their attendance and work. Those who feel it is the same cite same subjects, same attitudes of teachers, and similar rules and regulations. Do you think attending college is different from going to high school? 1. Find the question:

26 2. Decide! 26 Pick a side and argue it. Sometimes, you pick from two sides; sometimes, you pick from a variety of sides. For example, you might have to decide if TSTC DOES or DOES NOT need new parking lots, or you might have to decide on ONE person in history you’d like to spend a day with.

27 27 3. Take the question and turn it into a statement. Do you think attending college is different from going to high school? Changes to: Attending college is different from going to high school

28 28 Attending college is different from going to high school because 4. Add the word “because” to the end of the sentence.

29 29 Attending college is different from going to high school because college students pick their classes, college costs money, and college students must be more responsible. 5. Add the 1, 2, and 3.

30 30 BODY OF THE ESSAY BODY = 3 POINTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR THESIS STATEMENT Each point serves as the topic sentence of its own paragraph.

31 31 NOW USE THE THESIS STATEMENT TO ORGANIZE YOUR ESSAY Attending college is different from going to high school because (1) students pick their own classes, (2) college costs money, and (3) students are more responsible. BODY OF THE ESSAY

32 32 Attending college is different from going to high school because (1) students pick their own classes, (2) college costs money, and (3) students are more responsible. Now move each of your 3 points to the top box of each of your 3 templates. students pick their own classes.

33 33 Attending college is different from going to high school because (1) students pick their own classes, (2) college costs money, and (3) students are more responsible. Now move each of your 3 points to the top box of each of your 3 templates. college costs money. Second,

34 34 Attending college is different from going to high school because (1) students pick their own classes, (2) college costs money, and (3) students are more responsible. Now move each of your 3 points to the top box of each of your 3 templates. students are more responsible. Third,

35 35 BODY PARAGRAPHs POINT #1 First, students pick their own classes. Fill in each box with a sentence to complete your second paragraph. One thing they can choose is the time. Another thing they can choose is their instructor. They can choose morning or afternoon classes. For example, I chose my WRIT 0200 class at 8 a.m. because I am wide awake first thing in the morning. They can choose easy or hard instructors. They can chooses classes that are close together. For example, last year I had an 8 a.m. class in Dugger Center and a 9 a.m. class across campus in John Connally. This semester I picked a 9 a.m. class that is just across the hall from my 8 a.m. English class. For example, I picked Mr. Smith because he only gives two pages of homework each night in Algebra I instead of Johsnon, who gives eight pages. One more thing they can choose is the location.

36 36 BODY PARAGRAPHS Now use the sentences in the templates to write your paragraphs. Under the “One” “Another” and “One more” boxes, you want to explain and give details about the sentence in each of those boxes. Then, you can use the templates to write each body paragraph, transferring the information from the each box to the paragraph. Note the order you will go in (in red arrows) on the previous slide.

37 BODY OF THE ESSAY THIRD AND FOURTH PARAGRAPH Repeat these paragraph steps for the Point #2 and Point #3 paragraphs.

38 38 BODY PARAGRAPHS Attending college is different from going to high school because students must pick their own classes, schedule the times of those classes, and be responsible for their attendance and work. First,

39 39 BODY PARAGRAPHS Attending college is different from going to high school because students must pick their own classes, schedule the times of those classes, and be responsible for their attendance and work. First, students pick their own classes.

40 40 BODY PARAGRAPHS Attending college is different from going to high school because students must pick their own classes, schedule the times of those classes, and be responsible for their attendance and work. First, students pick their own classes. One way they can chose is by time. They can choose morning or afternoon classes. For example, I chose my WRIT 0200 class at 8 a.m. because I am wide awake first thing in the morning. Another thing they can choose is their instructor. They can choose easy or hard instructors. For example, I picked Mr. Smith because he only gives two pages of homework each night in Algebra I instead of Johsnon, who gives eight pages. One more thing they can choose is the location. They can chooses classes that are close together. For example, last year I had an 8 a.m. class in Dugger Center and a 9 a.m. class across campus in John Connally. This semester I picked a 9 a.m. class that is just across the hall from my 8 a.m. English class.

41 41 BODY PARAGRAPHS Attending college is different from going to high school because they now must pick their own classes, schedule the times of those classes, and be responsible for their attendance and work. First, students pick their own classes. One way they pick their classes is by time. They can choose to take classes in the morning, afternoon, or evening. For example, I chose a WRIT class at 9 a.m. and an algebra class at 11 a.m. because I think better in the mornings. Another way they can pick classes is by instructor. They can choose an easy or a hard instructor. For example, I decided to take Dr. Smith instead of Dr. Jones because Dr. Smith only gives one page of homework while Dr. Jones gives 10 pages. One more way they can pick is by location. They can choose classes close together to make it easier to get from one class to another. For example, last semester, I had a 9 a.m. Class on Roy Dugger Center and a 10 a.m. Class in John Connally Building across campus. I was always late. This semester I chose my 9 a.m. class just down the hall in JCB from my 10 a.m. Class so I’m never late.

42 42 CONCLUSION FIFTH PARAGRAPH Reverse your thesis statement to become your conclusion. Because students pick their own classes, decide on their times, and choose whether to attend and do the work, college is different than high school. Make sure that you indent this, making it a separate paragraph.

43 43 PROOF YOUR PARAGRAPH Go back over your paragraph, reading carefully, to spot mistakes, such as misspelled words, missing words, missing punctuation, wrong punctuation, sentence fragments, or run-on sentences. Make your corrections before turning in your paragraph.

44 44 TheOrWillNumber Of OneUpNo And Had Other Way A By About Could To Word Out People In But Many My Is Not Then Than You What Them First That All These Water It Were So Been He We Some Call Was When Her Who For Your Would Oil On Can Make Now Are Said Like Find As There Him Long With Use Into Down His An Time Day They Each Has Did I Which Look Get At She Two Come Be Do More Made This How Write May Have Their Go Part From If See Over From: The New Reading Teachers' Book of Lists, 1985 Prentice-Hall 100 most commonly used words First 25 = 1/3 of all printed material The rest = 1/2 of all written material

45 45 WILHITE’S MOST COMMON ERRORS Supplemental Educational Services Texas State Technical College 1. ORGANIZATION 2. PROOFREADING/EDITING 3. FRAGMENTS 4. RUN ONS / COMMA SPLICES 5. SPELLING 6. PRONOUN PROBLEMS 7. SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT 8. INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTS 9. COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS 10. POV / TENSE SHIFTS

46 46 THE THREE MOST COMMON COMMA RULES English Plus 1. PUT A COMMA BEFORE A COORDINATING CONJUNCTION THAT SEPARATES TWO INDEPENDENT CLAUSES 2. PUT A COMMA AFTER INTRODUCTORY WORDS, PHRASES, OR CLAUSES IN A SENTENCE 3. USE COMMAS TO SET OFF ELEMENTS THAT INTERRUPT OR ADD INFORMATION IN A SENTENCE These three situations make up nearly 85% of comma usage in written English.

47 47 WILHITE’S RULES FOR COMMA USAGE English Department Texas State Technical College 1.DON’T PUT A COMMA ANYWHERE, UNLESS YOU HAVE A GOOD REASON FOR DOING IT 2.PUT A COMMA IN A SERIES OF THREE OR MORE ITEMS 3.PUT A COMMA BEFORE AN “AND” LIST* WORD JOINING TWO COMPLETE SENTENCES 4.PUT A COMMA AFTER INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT START WITH AN “IF” LIST** 5.USE COMMAS TO SET OFF ELEMENTS THAT INTERRUPT A SENTENCE (TO CHECK, PLACE THE ELEMENT IN PARENTHESES) These rules will solve 75-80% of your comma problems. * AND LIST = and, but, or (yet, for, so)**IF LIST = if, when, since, because, etc.

48 48 WILHITE’S RULES FOR COMMA USAGE English Department Texas State Technical College DON’T PUT A COMMA ANYWHERE, UNLESS YOU HAVE A GOOD REASON FOR DOING IT. 1, 2, and 3 I like dogs, cats, and horses. Cs, and cs. I like you brothers, and I like your parents. If cs, cs. If I like your brothers, I will probably like your parents. C, if cs, s. I will, if I like your brothers, probably like your parents. * AND LIST = and, but, or (yet, for, so)**IF LIST = if, when, since, because, etc.


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