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8 Week Schedule and Assignments

8 Week Schedule and Assignments
As you can see from the schedule below, both required textbooks listed are essential for your success in this course. Each week you should read the listed chapters in the Handbook (HB) before writing the essay. Note that many of the chapters in the Handbook (HB) have exercises associated with them. I do not grade these; however, you should do as many as necessary to understand the material for that chapter. The chapters in the Longman Reader (LR) give instructions on how to write the various essays required in the course. Also read my instructions regarding each type of essay within the Blackboard course. When there is a conflict between the text’s instructions and my instructions, follow my instructions within the course. I’ll be happy to answer any questions regarding my methods.

The primary means of learning to write will be in your use of the feedback you receive on your essays. When you receive the graded essays, you should read them carefully with the Comments feature turned on in your word processing software (preferably MS Word). You should also use page 819 of the HB to see where in your book you can find more about the various errors you have made. Go to the chapters associated with the errors and review the material (read the chapter, work the exercises) to ensure you understand the material and will not repeat the error on the next essay. Another good tactic is to type in the name of the error in a web search engine followed by “exercises with answers” to pull up practice exercises that will help you with the material.

Date Activity/Assignment Chapter(s) Points

Week 1 Introduction LR 2, 4; HB 3, 4, 5, 32 (format),

Week 2 Narrative Essay LR 8; HB 40, 46, 47, 54 50 _____

Week 3 Compare/Contrast Essay LR 7; HB 36, 37, 39, 41 100 _____

Week 4 Process Analysis Essay HB 29, 30, 44, 45, 51, 100 _____
52, 55

Week 5 Persuasive/Research Topic LR 5, 11; HB 10-12, 38, 50_____
39, 42

Week 6 Exemplification (Timed Essay) HB 13-15, 32, 59, 60 100 _____

Week 7 Persuasive/Research Essay HB 57, 61, 62 200 _____

Week 8 Final Exam Essay 200 _____
Final Exam Objective 100 _____

Throughout Discussion Board Posts 100 _____

Total: 1,000 _____
The schedule above is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. If you encounter any difficulties with the course, please contact me. Communication is key to helping me help you.

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