CW Journal Assignments

Week of 11/27

11/28: (#8) 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 11/20

11/21: (#7) Make a list of ten possible topics/questions for your feature article.
11/20: (#6) 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 Wednesday.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 11/13

11/15: (#5) Type up a poem you wrote this semester. Bring a copy to class Monday.(Two volunteers to workshop their poems?).  Bring 4 copies of your best poem to class Monday for revision groups.
11/14:(#4) Write a poem using some of the topics, forms, strategies and/or techniques we’ve looked at in class (poems shapes, sensory descriptions, litanies, metaphor, memory poems, etc).
11/13: (#3) Spend 40 minutes revising your position paper based on my feedback (RevwdPP). Staple or paste a copy of the revision in your journal. If you need less than 40 minutes to revise, write a Root Cellar/sensory description poem for the rest of the time (SensoryDetailPoems).

Week of 11/6

11/8: (#2) Free choice.
11/7: (#1) The Sequel. 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.
11/6: (#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.

Week of 10/30

11/2: (#8) Prepare a final position paper to share via google docs by 2:07 on Friday, 11/3.  Staple or paste your best copy in your journal.
10/31:(#7) 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 Monday, 11/6. Bring 4 copies of your position papers to class tomorrow for proofreading groups.
10/30: (#6) 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. Bring four copies of your 1.5 spaced, best position paper draft to class tomorrow for proofreading groups.

 

Week of 10/23

10/26: (#5) 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. 
10/25: (#4) 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.
10/23: (#3) Prepare a complete, typed position paper draft to share in class on 10/25. Submit your position paper draft to turnitin.com by 7:00 pm Wednesday night. (Class ID:16386318; Class Password (Enrollment Key): jackpowers13).

Week of 10/16

10/19: (#2) Spend another 20 minutes developing your most promising position paper draft.
10/18: (#1) Choose a different position paper topic and spend 20 minutes developing a draft.
10/17: (#10) 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. Number your out-of-class entries and staple the assignment sheet (Journal#2) into your journal with completed assignments checked off.  Journal #2 Due: 10/18
10/16: (#9) 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 10/10

10/12: (#8) 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 position paper topic of your choice.
10/10: (#7) 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.

Week of 10/2

10/5: (#6) 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.
10/4: (#5) 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.
10/3: (#4) Choose two of your goals and work on them in your personal essay draft.  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 9/25

9/28: (#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).
9/27: (#2) Prepare a complete typed draft of your personal essay (PEAssign) to share in class on Thursday. Submit to turnitin.com. (Class ID:16386318; Class Password (Enrollment Key): 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.)
9/26: (#1) Choose a different personal essay start or idea and develop/revise it for 20 minutes.
9/25: (#9) 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 (Journal#1) in your journal and check off completed assignments. I will also read your goals and one other entry. Due Tuesday, September 26.

Week of 9/18

9/19: (#8) 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 9/11

9/14: (#7) Write five writing goals for yourself for the quarter.  Write down two or three things you will do to achieve each goal.
9/13: (#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.
9/11: (#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.

Week of 9/5

9/6: (#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.
9/5: (#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 8/30

9/1: (#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.
8/31: (#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.
8/30: (#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.