Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lecture 26: Final Exam Review

Today we'll go over the structure of the exam and we'll spend the class reviewing the content of the first two parts of the exam.

Note: The image is from gates of academe.

Update: Answers for the practise exam. Note that your answers might vary and still be correct. I know a few of you rephrased sentence structure and word choice. That's fine too. If you'd like to e-mail me your correction to be double-checked, please do send it along.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Lecture 25: Effective Writing

Today we'll review aspects of effective writing. We'll focus on sentence clarity, strong vocabulary and the active voice.

One of our in-class activities will require us to analyse Obama's inaugural speech. We'll look for specific linguistic devices such as:

Active voice
Passive voice

Note: Please remember to bring all texts to Thursday's class for exam review.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lecture 24: Research and Proofreading

Proofreading is checking copy for
• Accuracy: spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.
• Impression: tense, tone, intent
• Professionalism: overall appearance, clarity, conciseness

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lecture 23: Research Assignment Workshop

We'll spend most of today's class working on our research assignments, focussing on strong academic analysis and evaluation for the annotated bibliographies.

Here is an overview of the active and passive voice:

Once you've read the above, complete the following quiz:

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lecture 22: Research Assignment Workshop

Today, as noted in our last class, we'll have time to complete the assignment from Tuesday (the "potty-mouth" annotation) and post it to the blog or hand in a hard copy.

What to include:
Write 2-3 sentences about Smith’s essay.
Where is the author’s position/thesis statement? Write it in your own words.
Where are Smith’s reasons? Find them and number them.
What kind of evidence does Smith use as support for his position?
How does Smith arrange these reasons (what is the logic)? Write 1-2 sentences about the rationale you think Smith uses to choose and arrange the reasons.
Does Smith consider alternative views or opposing perspectives? Write a sentence about the effectiveness (or not!) of the placement.
How reliable is the author?
Who is he?
Would you trust his view?
Is Smith well informed? How do you know?
Does Smith tell how he is connected to the issue?

We'll then spend the remainder of the class working on our research assignments, focussing on strong academic analysis and evaluation for the annotated bibliographies.


For Tuesday (24th of November) please reach Chapter 22 in Handbook for Writers.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lecture 21: Research and Annotation

Pre-Reading Activity
Short Video
Read “Potty-Mouthed and Proud of It” (413)
Group Work

Bring all texts, articles, laptops, dictionaries to next class (Thursday 19th November) to help you work on your Research Assignment

Post “Potty-Mouthed” Dictionary Entry to the class blog BEFORE Thursday 9:30am (one entry per group, note all group members).

Note: Image from Linux Journal.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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