Daily Homework, Unit 4, Unit Guidelines

Homework for Wednesday, April 2

Here are the assignment guidelines for Unit 4: EXTENDED, SOURCE-BASED, ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY

For homework, please read them carefully and make a note of anything that’s unclear so we can go over it in class on Wednesday.

Also for Wednesday, please read this editorial, Teens Having Sex At Home: Should Parents Allow It or Forbid It? and write a one-page response. What is the author’s opinion on this question? How does she support her opinion? Use quotations as evidence.

Uncategorized, Unit 3

Unit 3 Folder Checklist

The final draft of the Bibliographical Analysis Essay is due today, Monday March 31 and is worth 150 points, 15% of your grade. When revising, please take a look at your peers’ comments as well as the Essay 3 Guidelines and Rubric, which can be found on the blog.

The Unit 3 Folder is also due.  As always, this should be an actual folder (NOT a binder, please) and its contents are also worth 50 points, 5% of your final grade.  Please take out all of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 work.  I won’t need to see it again.

Here’s what should go inside:

– Questions 1 and 2
– Questions 3 and 4
– Questions 5 and 6
– Introducing Quotation
– Rough draft of Unit 3 Essay with Peer Review comment sheet
– Final Draft of Unit 3


Remember to upload Unit 3 to the correct D2L dropbox!

Resources, Unit 3, Unit Guidelines

Helpful Tips for Unit 3

Remember that Unit 3 is a bibliographical analysis, NOT an argumentative research paper. Don’t waste your time making points that you will only have to repeat in your Unit 4 paper! Don’t take a side on the issue yet! The main thing you should be doing in THIS assignment is analyzing your bibliography. What do the sources you have chosen say? How do they work together? What about them (who they were written by, where/when they were published, their authors’ rhetorical strategies) matters most?

Here is the Unit 3 Rubric .

Here are some questions to keep in mind while writing Unit 3 in order to get a good grade on the assignment:

-Do you have a purposeful, strong thesis? Does each successive paragraph contribute to the development of this thesis? Is your thesis organizational in nature, as opposed to argumentative?

-Which of the three organizational schemes suggested in the prompt (Historical Timeline, Multiple Issues or Contrasting Sides) are you using?

-When thinking about this organizing scheme, which of the questions from the prompt (the six that you completed for homework) were the most helpful or revealing?

-Do you mention all 8-10 sources at some point in your paper? Are you using these sources as specific examples/support for claims you make in your paper? Do you use in-text citation properly? Have you included an MLA-formatted Works Cited page?

Daily Homework

Homework for Wednesday, March 26

Please complete two MyCompLab assignments, “Transitions” and “Improving Focus and Structure.”

These are not writing assignments; they are quizzes designed to help you build skills that will improve your writing. “Transitions” has two parts (“Transitional Expressions and Conjunctive Adverbs” and “Using Transitions”) so it’s three short quizzes, really. Please make sure to complete them all; they will count toward your Unit 3 Working Folder grade.

Daily Homework

Homework for Monday, March 24

For your own topic, answer the following:

5) What type of concerns, such as those moralistic, religious, scientific, etc., do writers pose about this topic?

6) What writing strategies do writers prefer to use in reaching an audience: logical, emotional, or ethical appeals, scientific studies or statistics, visual charts, graphs, or pictures, etc.?

These answers should be easy to get a double-spaced page each out of!