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Welcome to English Composition Instructor: Suzanne Ryan
Freewriting Warmup The SPCA of Wake County received a very cordial email from Sweden, from the original songwriter’s legal team, telling us that the song was being used commercially and would be removed from YouTube. Despite our assurances that the video was not a commercial and was similar to hundreds of other user-created YouTube videos using the same song and we would never air the video on TV, they still maintained it was too commercial.
Agenda Review the tools for avoiding Writer’s Block Discuss procrastination Discuss time management tools Look at 2 case studies Discuss your challenges Look at ways to document your project plan Practice with thesis statements and project plans Group feedback on thesis statements
Review: the tools to avoid writer’s block
Procrastination Overcoming procrastination (mind tools video)
Procrastination What are your challenges to writing?
Procrastination Making to-do lists (mind tools video) Ideas from Franklin
Procrastination Prioritization (mind tools video)
Procrastination Analyze two case studies in small groups
Steps of the Research Writing Process Choose a topic Plan and schedule time to research and write Conduct research Organize research and ideas Draft your paper Revise and edit your paper 11-10
Sources Primary sources: Research sources that provide raw information or data without commentary or interpretation, such as surveys, interviews, and historical documents Secondary sources: Research sources that provide information and include some analysis or interpretation of the information 11-11
Steps in Developing a project plan 11-12 Choose a Topic Identifying Potential Topics Narrowing Your Topic Exploring Your Topic in Writing Conducting Preliminary Research A Plan for Research Formulating a Research Question Constructing a Working Thesis Write Your Essay Follow the Writing Process
Your project plan Research phase: The first phase of a research project in which the writer gathers and organizes information A good rule of thumb is to allot 1/3 the available time for research Writing phase: The second phase of a research project in which the writer drafts, revises, and edits the paper Plan to spend half the time available on this phase 11-13
Managing Your project plan Planning your project Set up a project schedule Project schedule: A document outlining the tasks involved in each step of the research project with a target date for completing each step Think about how you will complete each step and what project resources you will use Project resources: The documents, tools, or people that a writer relies on to complete a research project Examples of project resources include library databases, personal computers, style guides, and tutors Break down major steps into smaller tasks if necessary 11-14
Managing Your project plan Writers stay focused by using organizational tools that suit their needs (Word, Excel, Calendars, Project, etc.) Anticipating and planning for potential setbacks can help writers avoid those setbacks or minimize their effect on the project schedule 11-15
Timeline http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resourc es/interactives/timeline/index.htmlhttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resourc es/interactives/timeline/index.html List tasks you want to do Tie the tasks to start and completion dates Add in other obligations Re-evaluate the points on your timeline that you can adjust
Tasks for your Project Plan Write thesis statement Develop project plan Turn in thesis statement & project plan 11/16 Begin research Complete research Create outline Turn in outline 11/30 Update outline from instructor feedback Write 1 st draft from updated outline Read 1 st draft aloud Hold peer review Revise 1 st draft from peer review Turn in 1st draft 12/07 Write 2 nd draft (use instructor feedback) Read 2 nd draft aloud Hold peer review Revise 2 nd draft from peer review to create final draft Turn in 2nd draft 12/14 Update 2 nd draft to create final draft Read final draft aloud Edit final draft Hold peer review Update final draft from peer review Proof final draft Finalize final draft Turn in final essay 12/20
Thesis Statement Rubric (5 pts) Your thesis statement contains a topic (main idea of what you are writing about) contains an opinion about the topic (what your attitude is toward the topic, something arguable) Is a complete sentence with correct grammar and punctuation Is not a fact Is not a title Is not too broad, too narrow, too general, or too wordy ©Suzanne Ryan 18
Rubric for the project plan (5 points) Timeline showing tasks and deliverable dates
What to turn in Friday Clearly titled Labeled with your name and period Brainstorming Questioning Mind-mapping Free writing Thesis statement (Times New Roman, 12 pt) Project plan (neat and professional)
Work on Thesis Sentences and Project Plans
Writing Lab: Small Groups Small Groups Read your statements aloud Swap thesis statements Is it an announcement, fact, or title? Identify the opinion words Identify the subject & verb Check for subject-verb agreement Check for 3 rd person point of view Return statements. Make changes. Read your statements aloud
Writing Lab: Small Groups Small Groups Read your statements aloud Swap statements Check for pronoun reference Check for pronoun case Consider simple vs. compound vs. complex sentence structure Return statements. Make changes as desired Read your statements aloud again
Wrap-Up Reviewed the tools to avoid Writer’s Block Discuss procrastination Practiced with thesis statements and project plans
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