2To Do List for Today: Go over syllabus Introduce class resources Discuss turnitin accounts and course websitePrepare for success in Eng 28Discuss the question “Why do we write?”The Writing ProcessBranstorming and Freewriting PracticeDiagnostic writing
3Syllabus HighlightsThe best way to reach me is my or faculty mailbox.Assignments are due on the date they are listed under on the syllabus.Please note policies on cell phones, absences, and rough drafts.The syllabus is available on the class website.You are responsible for knowing and understanding the content of the syllabus.
4Course ResourcesWe have a class website that is accessible by going to my LAMC faculty page and clicking on our course link on the left hand side of my page.I will be posting copies of assignment sheets and handouts that I pass out on the website. If you lose a handout or your syllabus, it is probably posted there. (Note: This does not apply to copies of readings.)You will be using our course turnitin.com site to upload all paper drafts and do peer review.
5What can I do to be successful? Come to classDo the workStrive for excellenceIn order to help you meet these goals…Have a partner in the class who will take notes/get copies of assignment sheets for you (assignment sheets will also be posted on the course website)Come to see me during my office hours.Come to class prepared to participate.Indulge in curiosity. Question your assumptions.
6What should I bring to each class meeting? Yourself. Show up ready to engage with the material we are learning every class meeting.Your text book. Even if there is no assigned reading, I may ask you to refer to the book during a lecture or activity.The most current draft of the current essay. Paper and pens/pencils. We will be doing frequent in class assignments.
7What will our class meetings look like? A regular day might include… Discussion of readings that are listed as due on the syllabus for that day. This means that if it’s listed on the syllabus, you should come to class prepared to offer your ideas about it.Lecture on a new writing technique and time to practice it.Lecture on a writing technique and time to incorporate it into an essay draft. (If I tell you to bring a draft, this is why. If you don’t bring a draft, you won’t get the time to work on it in class using what you learned.)An in-class writing addressing a question about a reading or a set of readings we have already done.A quiz on the reading that is listed as due on the syllabus for that day.
8Student Data SheetOn the back of your student data sheet, answer the following question:“Why are you here at LA Mission College?” What experiences have led you to this place? What are the goals you hope this college will help you to accomplish?I have two rules for in class writing, and they are:Write the whole time. At no point during an in class writing situation should you be finished. There is always something you can do to improve your work.Don’t talk while other people are trying to write.
9Two Truths and a LieThis game is intended to help us get to know each other as a class.One a scrap piece of paper, write down two interesting true things about yourself that you want to share with yourself.Next, write down a plausible (believable) lie about yourself.When it’s your turn, read your two truths and a lie, and the rest of the class will try to guess which one is not true.
10Preparing for Diagnostic In-Class Essay Why do we (as a species) write? What is the purpose of writing? If you can think of more than one, write them all down.
11We write… To remember. To communicate with readers. To express ourselves.“When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.” – Samuel Lover ( )And finally, we write to be remembered.
12The Writing ProcessPrewrite – Choose a topic, brainstorm, freewrite, outline. If you are writing a research paper, then this is where you being to find sources.Draft – Put your ideas together in a first draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but this is a first try.Revise – It’s time to see your writing from a new perspective. Seek advice from peers, tutors, and instructors. Put revision strategies we learn in class to work.Edit – Check for grammar, spelling, word choice, and clarity. Read your essay aloud to yourself.Publish – Check your format, make sure your paper looks the way you want it to on the screen, then print/upload.
13BrainstormingBrainstorming is a writing activity that asks you to write down ideas quickly, in short bursts without worrying about correctness.You might use an idea webYou might make lists of phrases/ideas as they come to you.We are going to brainstorm as a class about the idea of “talent,” and later you will brainstorm on your own about a different topic.
14What to do with brainstorming once you have it… Identify words/concepts that are related. Do you notice any patterns? Record what you notice on your brainstorming sheet.Does one set of ideas stand out to you? Mark it. Why does it stand out?Which of the ideas you brainstormed seems like the “box” with the most in it? (Remember the metaphor of writing as unpacking a box?) That is the one you probably want to write about, as long as it fits your topic.
15FreewritingFreewriting is “stream of consciousness” writing about a topic. While you freewrite, keep your pen or pencil moving and do not worry about unity, coherence, or correctness.Having identified your favorite ideas from the brainstorming, I am going to ask you to freewrite about the topic for a specified period of time.If you get stuck, choose a phrase like “I don’t know what to write,” and write that over and over again. Your brain will eventually get bored and give you something else to say.
16Individual Brainstorming/Freewriting Brainstorm, using an idea web or some other brainstorming technique, about the following sentence:“I am a writer.”When I call time, you should stop brainstorming and identify groups of related ideas in your brainstorming.
17Characteristics of an Essay Has a thesis statement – a claim the entire essay works to supportHas paragraphs that support the thesis.Each paragraph covers one point of support for the thesis.Each point of support (these are your reasons that the thesis is correct) is logical and explained thoroughly.Uses an appropriate tone and style for the intended audience.Uses the tools of writing to convey the author’s message clearly and memorably.
18Using Brainstorming to Draft a Short In-Class Essay Look back at your freewriting and write a brief in-class essay draft where you agree or disagree with the statement we discussed earlier: “I am a writer.”Your thesis will be your agreement or disagreement with this sentence, and your support will require you to think about questions like this: Why do you answer this question the way that you do? What events and circumstances have led you to this conclusion?