February 8, 2016

Feb. 1- Notes & HW

Agenda for next few weeks:
Feb 8th– Review Computer Essays (Sample Passing and Failing); Grammar Review; Test and Grammar Work for HW
Feb 15th- University Closed
Feb 22dIn-class sample timed test


  • Watch the Comma Slice video
  • Review Comma Splice Handout from OWL
  • Review the notes we took in class about how to organize an essay
    • Read the questions
    • READ WITH A PEN (TAKE NOTES); As you read make sure you have at least one note for every paragraph; do not continue reading if you don’t understand the paragraph
    • Make the outline
    • Follow the outline and start writing the essay
    • When done with the essay, edit and revise


Here are some helpful hints regarding how to organize your essay:


  • Background information
    • Difference between education and School
    • Does school prepare you for life and learning or just college?
    • Children who have teachers who have high expectations for them to better than children whose teachers have low expectations
  • Few sentences on the topic
  • Name of author and article should be present in intro
    • Russel Baker “School Versus Education)
  • Thesis Statement (this is the backbone of the essay- in one statement you should let the reader know what your essay is about, for example: Students learn more from their outside education that the education they receive in school)

In Russel Baker’s article “School Versus Education,” he discusses the difference between school and education. Baker challenges the idea that students must be in a formal school setting in order to learn. He also argues that students do better if their teachers challenge them versus students whose teachers do not. However, Stage 1 of education is before the child even enters a classroom. During this time students pick up many skills from outside sources such as the television and their parents. I believe students learn more from their outside education than the education they receive in school.

Body Paragraphs (in a five paragraph essay you will have 3 body paragraphs)

  • Topic Sentence
  • 1 or more sentences explaining topic sentence
  • Quote from author
  • Analyze author’s quote
  • Agree or disagree
  • Give an example
  • Close the paragraph

Conclusion- one short paragraph summing up your essay (do not put new information into the conclusion!)

Monday, November 30th

Last week in class we took a timed essay. Many of you missed it. For those of you who missed it, you will need to take it tonight.

For those of you who took it, we will review the essay and you will get a scored rubric. For homework, you will revise your essay so that it receives a passing score.

Please bring the test and test questions to class so that you can begin editing in class tonight.

We will be in LAB A.