College Writing Term 2

Please use the links on this page to connect with daily lessons, vocabulary and other assignments.  

Click on the Final to download it to your computers.  If you can’t find the document after clicking on it, go to the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of your screen and type in “download.”  This will locate your download folder.  Drag the Final onto your desktop so you can see it.  Then drag it into Pages to open it.  Once you have opened the document, make sure you rename it as your (last, first) name and save it to your desktop. 

 

Wednesday - 1/21/2009 - Everyone came today to work on final projects, which are all due tomorrow.  No exceptions, no excuses.

 

Tuesday - 1/20/2009 - Everyone came today to work on final projects.

 

Friday - 1/16/2009 - No school due to frozen buses.

 

Thursday - 1/15/2009B Groups came today to today work on Outside Book Project wikis.  Tomorrow I have office hours for anyone who wants to talk about assignments that are due next week.   Everyone need to be here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the final.

   

Wednesday - 1/14/2009 - No one came today due to my absence.  Please continue working on Outside Book Project wikis.  Make sure you know when to be here this week--NEW CALENDAR.

 

Tuesday - 1/13/2009 - Everyone came today to hand in Beloved final drafts.  Please continue working on Outside Book Project wikis, which we went over today.  Make sure you know when to be here this week--NEW CALENDAR.

 

Monday - 1/12/2009 - A Groups came today to work on Beloved final drafts, which are due tomorrow, and must be 5-6 pages and include RESEARCH and MLA-formatted works cited pages.  Please continue working on Outside Book Project wikis.  Make sure you know when to be here this week--NEW CALENDAR.

 

Friday - 1/9/2009 - Students came by appointment today to work on Beloved final drafts, which are due next Tuesday, and must be 5-6 pages and include RESEARCH and MLA-formatted works cited pages.  Please continue working on Outside Book Project wikis.  Make sure you know when to be here next week.

 

Thursday - 1/8/2009Everyone came today to work on Beloved final drafts, which are due next Tuesday, and must be 5-6 pages and include RESEARCH and MLA-formatted works cited pages.  Please continue working on Outside Book Project wikis. 


Wednesday - 1/7/2009 - B Groups came today to receive feedback on Beloved rough drafts, which should be 3-4 pages long.  Everyone must come tomorrow to pick up your papers.  The final drafts are due next Tuesday, and must be 5-6 pages and include RESEARCH and MLA-formatted works cited pages.  I will not be here tomorrow, but you need to be here to work with your group on your Beloved papers or Outside Book Project wikis. 

 

Tuesday - 1/6/2009 - Everyone came today to hand in Beloved rough drafts, which should be 3-4 pages long.  Please come tomorrow or Thursday to pick up your papers.  The final drafts are due next Tuesday.  I will not be here on Thursday, but you need to be here to work with your group on your Beloved papers or     Outside Book Project wikis. 

 

Monday - 1/5/2009 - A Groups came today to work on Beloved rough drafts, which should be 3-4 pages long, and are due tomorrow 1/6/2009.   Outside Book Project wikis are made and ready for you to begin working on them.  Check your gmail for your invitation.

 

Friday - 12/19/2008 - Outside Book Project wikis are made and ready for you to begin working on them.  Check your gmail for your invitation.  Remember to begin your Beloved rough draft, which should be 3-4 pages long, and is due Tuesday 1/6/2009: Within the focus of your critical lens, you will compose a draft that makes a tightly-focused claim through your group's literary theory/critical lens about one aspect of the novel that you find particularly striking, problematic, interesting, puzzling, or otherwise worthy of discussion. Be sure to support your claim with textual references, to anticipate and respond to any important counterarguments to your claim, and to explain the significance of your claim.

 

Thursday - 12/18/2008 - CHECK YOUR GMAIL for a new assignment that is due before you leave for break!  We took the Beloved  test today.  All Wiki assignments and discussion questions on Ning.com are due today.  Remember to talk to me about your thesis for your group paper on Beloved before you leave.

You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  I need to set you up with a wiki before you leave for break.

  

Wednesday - 12/17/2008 - CHECK YOUR GMAIL for a new assignment!  No class is held today, but I will be in the building if you need me.    We have your Beloved  test tomorrow.  You need to read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com before the test tomorrow.

You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  I need to set you up with a wiki before you leave for break.


Tuesday - 12/16/2008 - Everyone came today to finish Beloved  and hand in  literary criticism summaries and links, which were due today.  These should be on your wiki pages, with working hyperlinks.  You need to read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com before the test on Thursday.

You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions!  


Monday - 12/15/2008 - B Groups came today to work on literary criticism summaries and links, which are due tomorrow.  Write these on your wiki pages, make sure your hyperlinks work and your group prints your summary for me tomorrow.  You need to read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com before the test on Thursday.

You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions!  


Friday - 12/12/2008 - Only a few people came in today to prepare for assignments due next week.  You need to read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com.

You must pick a form of literary criticism, write a summary by next Tuesday, and write a paper over break.  Due dates are on the calendar.   You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions!  


PLEASE NOTE: Everyone needs to print grade reports from TIES, have a parent sign it and give it to me today.  If your parents saw me at Conferences last night, you are excused from this assignment.

 

Thursday - 12/11/2008 - Everyone came today to turn in the Kite Runner Paper, watch Beloved and discuss assignments: read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com. 

You must pick a form of literary criticism, write a summary by next Tuesday, and write a paper over break.  Due dates are on the calendar.   You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions! 

 

Wednesday - 12/10/2008 - A Groups came today to work on Kite Runner Paper final drafts, which are due tomorrow.  Remember to begin working on your Beloved assignments: read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com, pick a form of literary criticism, write a summary, write a paper.  Due dates are on the calendar.  You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions!  

 

Tuesday - 12/9/2008 - Everyone came today to discuss upcoming Beloved assignments: read the book, enter information on the Wiki, answer discussion questions on Ning.com, pick a form of literary criticism, write a summary, write a paper.  Due dates are on the calendar.   Remember that the Kite Runner Paper, is due on Thursday. You must also pick something for your Outside Book Project before you leave for break.  Check your gmail for directions! 

 

PLEASE NOTE: NO GROUPS WILL MEET ON MONDAY. Do not come to class on Monday, but make sure you continue working on your Kite Runner Paper, which is due on Thursday.  Please continue checking this website and your email for updates and upcoming assignments.  You will want to look a the discussion questions and assignments for Beloved.  We will talk about them in person on Tuesday.  We will meet as a large group next Tuesday.  Please check the NEW CALENDAR if you need a point of reference.

 

Friday - 12/5/2008 - Students scheduled office hours to work on Kite Runner Paper rough drafts and ask questions about Beloved 

 

Thursday - 12/4/2008 - Everyone came today to take the Kite Runner test.  Please make sure your information and links are posted to your wiki pages before I check them tonight.  Kite Runner Paper rough drafts are due today, as are all Kite Runner ning and wiki assignments.

 

Wednesday - 12/3/2008 - B Groups came today to work on Kite Runner Paper rough drafts, which are due tomorrow, as are all Kite Runner ning and wiki assignments.  Please check your email for specific due dates and your vocabulary words for the test.

 

Tuesday - 12/2/2008 - Everyone came today to present the Kite Runner group projects.  Please make sure your information and links are posted to your wiki pages before I check them tonight.  Kite Runner Paper rough drafts are due Thursday, as are all Kite Runner ning and wiki assignments.  Please check your email for specific due dates and your vocabulary words for the test this Thursday.

 

Monday - 12/1/2008 - A Groups came today to work on research projects.  Kite Runner rough drafts are due on Thursday, as are all Kite Runner ning and wiki assignments.  Please check your email for specific due dates and your vocabulary words for the test this Thursday.  Make sure you read the directions and are prepared to present your group's research project tomorrow.


Wednesday - 11/26/2008 - B Groups came today to work on research projects and begin Kite Runner papers.  Please check your email for due dates and vocabulary words.  Make sure you read the directions and are prepared to present your group's research project next Tuesday.    

 

Tuesday - 11/25/2008 - Everyone came for the quiz today.  We discussed the research projects, which are due next Tuesday, and we watched more of the movie.  Your wiki work is also due next Tuesday.  The Kite Runner test is next Thursday.  Your rough drafts are also due on Thursday.  Check your email for more information.

  

Monday - 11/24/2008 - You will have a reading quiz tomorrow.  I warned you about this on Friday in an email called "I may be in Texas..."  We will also talk about your research groups.  A Groups came today to work on the final draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due tomorrow.  Please bring your rough drafts, originality reports and rubrics.  Continue working on the Kite RunnerWiki GuideCW Hybrid Ning and make sure you check your gmail to see which days you should be attending, which research groups  are assigned, and which www.turnitin.com class IDs and passwords you should use this term.

 

Friday - 11/21/2008 - Do not come to class today, but make sure you continue working on the Kite RunnerWiki GuideCW Hybrid Ning and the final draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due on Tuesday 11/25/2008.

 

Thursday - 11/20/2008 - Everyone should come to class to view the first half of the Kite Runner movie. Continue adding your work to the Wiki Guide and the  CW Hybrid Ning. and editing your P.O.N.D. Essay, which your substitute teacher should hand back today.  They are on the computer desk. 


Wednesday - 11/19/2008 - B Groups came today to review suggestions I have for editing your rough drafts for the P.O.N.D. Essay.  Final drafts are due NEXT TUESDAY, 11/25.  Please continue working on the Kite RunnerWiki Guide and the  CW Hybrid Ning.

 

Tuesday - 11/18/2008 - Everyone met in person to hand in and evaluate the rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which was due today.  We had John Weisser come to talk to our class about your Internet privacy concerns and access questions as well.

 

Monday - 11/17/2008 - A Groups came today to work on the rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due tomorrow.  Please continue working on the Kite RunnerWiki GuideCW Hybrid Ning and make sure you check your gmail to see which days you should be attending, which research groups  are assigned, and which www.turnitin.com class IDs and passwords you should use this term.

 

Friday - 11/14/2008 - Do not come to class today, but make sure you continue working on the Kite RunnerWiki GuideCW Hybrid Ning and the rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due on Tuesday 11/18/2008.  Make sure you check your gmail to see which days you should come next week and which research groups  have been assigned, as well as your new www.turnitin.com class IDs and passwords.  

 

Thursday - 11/13/2008 - Everyone met in person to work on assignments for Kite RunnerWiki GuideCW Hybrid Ning and the rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due on Tuesday 11/18/2008.  Make sure you check your gmail to see which days you should come next week and which research groups  have been assigned, as well as your new www.turnitin.com class IDs and passwords.  PLEASE NOTE: Class does not meet tomorrow, so make other arrangements. 

 

Wednesday - 11/12/2008 - Everyone met to hear an example of descriptive writing from David Sedaris' "The Understudy" in When You Are Engulfed in FlamesUse my suggestions in your rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay, which is due on Tuesday 11/18/2008.  Please continue reading the Kite Runner, complete the assignments Wiki Guide that I sent to you in your email, and add discussion to the forum on our new CW Hybrid Ning.  

 

Tuesday - 11/11/2008 - Everyone met to discuss the P.O.N.D. Essay, and look at some examples of past student work.  Please continue reading the Kite Runner, complete the assignments that I sent to you in your email, add discussion to the forum on our new CW Hybrid Ning.  The rough draft for the P.O.N.D. Essay is due on Tuesday 11/18/2008.

 

Monday - 11/10/2008 - Everyone met to look over the New Tentative Schedule and term requirements, which include but are not limited to Kite Runner  assignments, the discussion forum on our new CW Hybrid Ning  rather than personal blogs, the P.O.N.D. Essay rough draft, which is due on Tuesday 11/18/2008 and movie permission slips

   

College Writing is designed for college-bound seniors.  This class is designed as a hybrid course where students will work through face-to-face instruction and in an online environment.  This means that students are not required to be in the classroom every day.  Please refer page three of your Registration Guide.  Students will be expected to meet as a large group for lecture, instruction, review and test days.  Students will also work in assigned writing groups that will meet face-to-face only on assigned days throughout the term.  Please see the attached tentative schedule.  Students must be present for large group days and assigned writing group days.  Failure to attend on these days will negatively impact the participation part of the grade.  Missed days will result in the loss of credit.  If a student’s grade drops below 70%, that student may be required to attend every day until the grade improves. In addition, students may also opt to come into the classroom to use equipment and/or ask for extra help on days when they are not scheduled.


Students in College Writing will read and write about several novels as well as nonfiction selections.  In the first term we will work in large groups, small groups and individually on The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a book in the creative commons, Little Brother, which students may buy, borrow or download from the Internet in a variety of forms.  In addition, students will participate in an online role-play that will be monitored and assessed by University of Minnesota researchers.   During the second term, we will analyze novels which may include The Kite Runner, The Chosen, Speak, Montana 1948 and Beloved.  Students will also work on an individual book project using novels selected from lists recommended for college reading.  Students will review vocabulary, literary terms and writing techniques in order to prepare for standardized tests and a wide variety of academic papers.  Students will review and implement research skills in order to evaluate the merit of sources, consider forms, write for specific purposes and audiences and use MLA format.  You may also want to purchase Write for College: A Student Handbook (2007) hardcover (ISBN 978-0-669-00044-3) and softcover (ISBN 978-0-669-00031-3) for yourselves from a bookstore or online.  Just make sure is it the same book we have in class.

During scheduled class time, computers and the Internet will be available, but it would be a benefit for each student to have Internet access away from school as well.  Students will need the Internet in order to research their assignments, access the class website, communicate outside of class and hand in assignments to www.turnitin.com.  Each student must create a Gmail account in order to access the tools we will use in this class.  Students will need to read and respond to each other’s work in these formats. These blogs and wikis (and any other Internet sources) through which we publish our work must only be used for College Writing and therefore must be appropriate for school.  Any crude, illegal or dangerous behavior included or alluded to in the assignments may be reported to a school counselor, administrator and/or civic authorities.