TUESDAY 6 3171052 English Writing II - 1.0 単位, 2 年次, 春AB 火6; 春C 火6

  • Introduction to the Course

    In this class you will learn:

    • Everything about this course, including its grading system, assignment and attendance;
    • How you can improve your English Reading through 4Cs Dynamic Learning framework (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity).

    Class Activity:

    Free Writing Team Exercise (using Visuals)

    • You will work in teams of 3-4 people. Your instructor will give you a picture.
    • You will need to pass the picture around and each member of the team will need to improvise and write as many sentences as possible by looking at the picture.
    • Later, team members will share their written work with other members.
    • The session will finish with a quick feedback about the challenges encountered during writing.  

     

  • Today’s Topic: The Process Writing

    In this Lesson, you will learn about the Process Writing – the method of writing used in most English-speaking university classes.

    Read the Chapter “Introduction: Process Writing” of your textbook (pages 2-4). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒ “Life in a Day” 

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

  • Today’s Topic: Pre-Writing: Getting Ready to Write

    In this Lesson, you will learn how to:

    • Choose and narrow a topic;
    • Gather ideas;
    • Edit ideas.

    Read the Chapter “Pre-Writing: Getting Ready to Write” of your textbook (pages 5-10). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒Don’t Give Up” 

    [1] This written assignment will be formally assessed by your instructor (maximum 5 points)

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

  • Today’s Topic: The Structure of a Paragraph

    In this Lesson, you will learn about:

    • the definition of a Paragraph;
    • the part of a Paragraph;
    • identifying and writing topic sentences.

    Read the Chapter “The Structure of a Paragraph” of your textbook (pages 11-16). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒ “Why We Buy” 

    [2] This written assignment will be formally assessed by your instructor (maximum 5 points)

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

  • During the June 4th Class, you will:

    1. Choose your partner;
    2. Choose your topic;
    3. Think about and make  your interview questions 

    Homework: Together with your partner Interview 10 people and write the first draft

    Ask them the questions that you made with your partner. Write their answers down. Get as much information as you can. The more information (data) you collect, the more evidences you will have to support your ideas.

    You finished the interviews and collected data. Now, what?

    In case, you are not sure HOW to write your To write your first draft please follow these steps:

    Step 1: With your partner, identify and write your assumptions about your chosen topic. For example, if you happen to choose “Sugar-rich drinks and students of Univ. of Tsukuba” as your topic, you initial assumptions might look as follows:

    No.1: Students tend to drink a lot of sugar-rich drinks (for example, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc.)

    No.2: Students drink more during summer months, than during winter.

    No. 3: When students have stressful months (exams, tests, sports competitions), they tend to drink more of these drinks.   

    Step 2: Write down your “main assumptions” and describe why you and your partner think so. In the case of “Sugar Drinks” (previous example). Prioritize, which issues are more important than others. It might look like this:

    First, “Students drink a lot of coca-cola… because…”

    Second, “Students change their habits depending on seasons…because…”

    Third, “Stress and Coco-Cola drinking are related… because…” 

    Step 3: After you wrote what you think about this issue, it is time to see if your assumptions could be supported by the data you collected. 

    Describe what your interviewees told you, and use these to support or reject what you initially thought. 

    Download possible questions for analysis.

    Download guide (on news writing).   

    Download Sample Article

  • Send your article (final version) by email to ismailov.u.tsukuba@gmail.com by June 30th.

    We will do in class:

    • Discussion in class;
    • Final feedback from instructor;
    • Lessons learnt.

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    Topic: Writing Problem & Solution Paragraphs

    In this Lesson, you will learn to:

    • write about problems and solutions;
    • use real conditionals;
    • write a two-paragraph paper with linking phrases.

    Read the Chapter “Problem / Solution Paragraphs” of your textbook (pages 50-55). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒Inventive Solutions” 

    [8] This written assignment will be formally assessed by your instructor (maximum 5 points)

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

  • Classroom change: go to 5C508

    No home work (writing assignment) this week.

    Please, prepare for your team’s  “Role Play” Performance

     

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    Topic: The Structure of an Essay

    In this Lesson, you will learn:

    • about the definition of an essay;
    • how to format an essay;
    • how to write a thesis statement.

    Read the Chapter “The Structure of an Essay” of your textbook (pages 56-62). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒ “Music with a Message” 

    [9] This written assignment will be formally assessed by your instructor (maximum 5 points)

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

  • No home work (writing assignment) this week.

    Please, prepare for your team’s  “Role Play” Performance

     

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    Topic: Outlining an Essay

    In this Lesson, you will learn:

    • about the purpose of an outline;
    • how to write an outline.

    Read the Chapter “Outlining an Essay” of your textbook (pages 63-70). 

    Remember to print out this chapter and bring it to class.

    After reading the Chapter:

    (1) Download and Print out all pages of this PDF assignment ⇒ “Animal Behavior” 

    [10] This written assignment will be formally assessed by your instructor (maximum 5 points)

    (2) Use the “Written Reflection Form” and write a short essay (minimum 200 words) by answering the question(s) on page 1 of your print or by looking at the photo provided.

    Please, remember to print out (but don’t write anything on) the “Peer Evaluation Form”. This Form will be given to your classmate to reflect on your writing as part of today’s class activity. 

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    Congratulations, you’re are about to cross the Finish line.

    Today is our final formal assessment class (i.e. written exam). Please, read the following information carefully. This assignment accounts for maximum of 25% of your overall course work. 

    • You will be asked to write a minimum of 300 word essay in 75 minutes (yes, this is a timed essay!) on a certain question or object;
    • Don’t worry: This shouldn’t be something very different from what you have been writing over the past few months;
    • This essay assignment will assess your overall writing skills based on the course material covered over the past 13 weeks;
    • You are kindly advised to review all of the course material before taking the exam;
    • If you really want to impress your instructor, please read the following last two chapters of your awesome textbook… you will find a lot of helpful tips there…   

    Read the Chapter 11 “Unity & Coherence” of your textbook (pages 78-87). 

    Read the Chapter 12 “Essay for Examination” of your textbook (pages 88-94). 

    Good luck!

  • Feedback & Wrap-Up Session

    This session is optional.

    Please, attend if you wish to get an individual course feedback from your instructor.  

    Date: August 6th is set provisionally. This optional session may be moved to another date after consultation with the class.