Week of 6/12
6/12: Remember to bring your journal, example papers and final exam (and anything you will need to finish the final) to the exam period. (CWFinal). Extra Journal Entry Idea: Revise your short story.
Week of 6/5
6/8: (#7) Complete your Overall Assessment. Follow the Scoring Guidelines. All early exams must be shared by 2:07 today.
6/7: (#6) Assess your journal (Journal#6). Refer to the Journal Grading Criteria and follow the scoring guidelines. Remember to be specific. Number Your Journal Entries!
6/6: (#5) Prepare a final copy of your short story. Put one copy in your journal and share a copy with me. (Early exams due Thursday, 6/8.)
6/5: (#4) Complete the Course Evaluation section of your Self-Evaluation. This section has two parts: the allotment of time in the course (Note this section is different than the midterm) and the course itself. Follow the guidelines. Bring five clean best copies of your short story to class tomorrow for proofreading groups.
Week of 5/29
6/1: (#3) Assess your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor (CWFinal2). Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress. Follow the Scoring Guidelines. Mention that you have five example papers! Bring 5 copies of your short story to class tomorrow for Revision groups.
5/31: (#2) Prepare a complete draft of your short story and submit it to turnitin.com
5/30: (#1) Complete your Class Participation self-assessment (CWFinal2). Follow the scoring guidelines. Be specific.
Week of 5/22
5/25: (#10) Choose one of your story ideas and write a 20-minute draft. Prepare Journal Collection #5 (Journal#5) to hand in tomorrow.
5/24: (#9) Spend 20 minutes beginning a new story or free choice.
5/23: (#8) Read “What Dialogue Can Do For Your Story” (WhatDialogueCanDo). Write a scene of one typed page of dialogue.
5/22: (#7) Revise your feature article or finish the story you started in class.
Week of 5/15
5/18: (#6) Assess your performance so far for the quarter in two or three paragraphs. Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals. Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade. Justify each grade and provide examples (CWMidQSEvalEx).
5/16: (#5) Revise and proofread your feature article and share your google doc tonight.
Week of 5/8
5/11: (#4) Read “The Last Word” (LastWord). Write an alternate ending for your feature article.
5/10: (#3) Read “PReviewed with the Feature Article” (PRvwdwFA.doc) and revise your feature article. Bring in four copies to share in proofreading groups on Wednesday. Extra Journal Entry Idea: Read “The Last Word” (LastWord). Write an alternate ending for your feature article.
5/8: (#2) Complete your feature article draft, staple or paste a copy in your journal and submit it to www.turnitin.com.
Week of 5/1
5/4: (#1) Conduct your interview. Leave evidence in your journal (notes, summary, etc.)
5/3: (#9) Generate a list of interview questions and set up your interview. Prepare Journal Collection #4 (Journal#4) to hand in tomorrow.
5/2: (#8) Read “Ten Tips for a Better Interview.” Leave some evidence in your journal.
5/1: (#7) Revise your poem, paste or staple a copy of the revision in your journal and consider submitting it to The Wayfarer. (A submission counts as an extra journal entry.) Or free choice.
Week of 4/24
4/27: (#6) Free choice.
4/25: (#5) Make a list of ten possible topics/questions for your feature article.
4/24: (#4) Revise your poem. Share a copy of your poem with me and staple or paste a copy in your journal. Write “Ruthless” on the top of the page if you’re up for more radical revision ideas for the poem.
Week of 4/17
4/21: Bring 4 copies of your poem to class Monday for revision groups.
4/20: (#3) Look at lineation (Lineation.doc) and try at least five different ways to break the lines and vary the layout in your poems. Bring five copies of your poem in the shape you think works best to share in class Tuesday.
4/17: (#2) Type up a poem you wrote this semester. Bring a copy to class Thursday.
Week of 4/3
4/4: (#1) Set five writing goals for the second quarter. They may be a combination of old goals, revised goals and/or new goals. Share them with me at jpowers [at] er9 [dot] org.
4/3: (#10) Complete your Overall Assessment and your journal (Journal#3). (Counts as two entries) Follow the Scoring Guidelines. (CWMidterm) Remember to be specific. Number Your Journal Entries! Remember to bring your journal, example papers (and anything you will need to finish the final) to class tomorrow.
Week of 3/27
3/30: (#9) Complete the Course Evaluation section of your Self-Evaluation (CWMidterm). This section has two parts: the feedback on your writing and the course itself. Follow the guidelines.
3/29: (#8) Assess your goals using the terms significant, satisfactory, fair or very poor. Select a paper for each goal that illustrates your progress. Follow the Scoring Guidelines. (CWMidterm). Counts as two entries.
3/28: (#7) Prepare a final position paper to share via googledocs by 2:07 on Wednesday, 3/29. Staple or paste a best copy in your journal.
3/27: (#6) Finish revising your position paper. Staple or paste the revised draft in your journal. Bring four copies of your 1.5 spaced, best position paper draft to class tomorrow for proofreading groups.
Week of 3/30
3/23: (#5) Complete your Class Participation self-assessment. (CWMidterm) Follow the scoring guidelines. Be specific. Bring Four copies of your best position paper draft to class tomorrow to share in revision groups.
3/21: (#4) Prepare a complete, typed position paper draft to share in class on 3/23. Submit your position paper draft to turnitin.com by 7:00 pm Wednesday night. (Class ID:14732212: Password: jackpowers13).
Week of 3/13
3/16: (#3) Spend at least 20 minutes developing the research base for your position papers. Conduct a survey or an interview, find a personal story to make the problem vivid to a reader, find a powerful statistic or expert quote, explain a current event that puts the issue in context, etc.
3/13: (#2) Choose a different position paper topic and spend 20 minutes developing a draft.
Week of 3/6
3/9: (#1) Spend another 20 minutes developing your most promising position paper draft.
3/8: (#9) Revise your personal essay and put the revised draft in your journal. If you never want to see the essay again, write a free-choice entry on a topic of your choice. Number your out-of-class entries and staple the assignment sheet (Journal#2) into your journal with completed assignments checked off. Journal #2 Due: March 9
3/7: (#8) Choose one of your position paper ideas and write a 20-minute instant draft. Or choose one of your position paper ideas and write a 20-minute draft supporting the opposite argument.
3/6: (#7) Make a list of 10 possible fresh topics for your position paper. Next to each item, list examples, arguments, reasons, etc. you might use in each essay.
Week of 2/27
3/2: (#6) Read the first half (to the bottom of p. 266) of “How to Say Nothing in 500 Words.” Write a five-minute summary and then write about a paper you wrote that said nothing in 500 words.
3/1: (#5) Read “Between a Comma and a Period” (Between a Comma). Note the two most frequent uses of semicolons. Revise your essay adding at least one semi-colon. Paste or staple a copy in your journal and share a clean final best copy with me.
2/27: (#4) Read “How Not To Write a Sentence” (HowNotToWriteSentence), choose three sentence sins you often make and revise your personal essay to atone and correct them. Add at least one non-dialogue, one-sentence paragraph. Bring 4 copies of your best draft into class tomorrow for proofreading groups.
Week of 2/22
2/23: (#3) Assess your performance so far for the quarter in two or three paragraphs. Look at your class participation, your journal and your progress toward your goals. Give yourself a grade for each area and an overall grade. Justify each grade and provide examples (CWMidQSEvalEx).
2/22: (#2) Choose two of your goals and work on them in your personal essay draft (or a paper from another course if that makes more sense.) In your journal write the goals you worked on and a short summary of the changes made. Make sure you have access to an electronic version of your personal essay for class tomorrow.
Week of 2/13
2/15: (#1) Prepare a complete typed draft of your personal essay (PEAssign) to share in class on Friday. Submit to turnitin.com. (Class ID:14732212; Class Password: jackpowers13). (Unless your writing sample has gone through a major revision, submit a different essay draft so I’m not just giving you the same feedback. You can still choose the writing sample as your draft to revise.)
2/14: (#10) Choose one of your personal essay starts and develop/revise it for 20 minutes. Number your out-of-class entries and asterisk one entry you want me to read. Staple the assignment sheet (journal1) in your journal and check off completed assignments. I will also read your goals and one other entry. Due Wednesday, 2/15.
2/13: (#9) Revise your five goals for variety (skill, product, process, mechanical or attitude goals) Or choose one of your essay starts and continue it for 20-minutes. Or start an essay on a new topic. Send me an email with your five goals.
Week of 2/6
2/9: (#9) Choose one of your personal essay starts and develop/revise it for 20 minutes.
2/8: (#8) Choose one of your essay starts and continue it for 20-minutes. Or start an essay on a new topic.
2/6: (#7) Write five writing goals for yourself for the quarter. Write down two or three things you will do to achieve each goal.
Week of 1/30
2/2: (#6) Read “That Crucial First Draft” (ThatCrucialFirstDraft). Highlight ten important or interesting lines. Select one as the most important or most interesting and write a seven-minute journal entry explaining why. We will share these lines in class tomorrow.
2/1: (#5) Reflect on the process of completing the writing sample. What was difficult? What worked? What didn’t? Use the writing sample as a starting place to write about the conditions in which you do your best writing and your worst.
1/31: (#4) Reread your writing sample and Substitute, Take out, Add or Rearrange (STAR) as needed. If you are satisfied with what you wrote in class, choose one of your personal essay ideas or starts and spend 20 minutes developing a draft.
1/30: (#3) Look at the “Timed Writing Personal Essay” (TmdWrtgPEChoices) prompts, choose the topic for your in-class essay and make a plan for writing. Leave evidence of planning in your journal.
Week of 1/24
1/25: (#2) Write five detailed descriptions starting with “I see…” or “I saw….” (Sensory Desc). Use only visual descriptions and do not use metaphor or interpretation.
1/24: (#1) Make a list of the qualities of good writing. Buy a journal and three-ring binder. Send me an email at JPowers [at] region9ps [dot] org and say hello.