Part of writing is about sharing. We looked over some interesting ideas in class last week, such as linking words, prepositional phrases and their uses. I would like to share these online materials with you, so here they are for your reference. Enjoy.
Although we did not view this Powerpoint about Topic Sentences we have looked at how we use words in dependent or subordinate clauses to add details to writing. topic sentences and subordinate clauses. Having the PPT on hand might help you with your sentence classification that you will be doing for homework on the Google Doc Sentence Structure Sheet.
The PPT contains another list of the linking words we looked at on Saturday.
Secondly here is the vidoe that I keep on referring to: Schoolhouse Rock’s video on Prepositions:
If you have trouble getting on the Sentence Structure Google Doc, please let me know via email.
Have a great week.
Hello Writing Community and Writers
As we gear up for this Saturday’s class, I imagine you might be wondering why I asked you to read a chapter on Quantum Writing from the book Quantum Learning. Throughout our careers we will have to summarize, gather our ideas, synthesize, and collect our diversified thoughts and the abundance of ideas and concepts that we expose ourselves to into an understandable mode of writing so we can share with other people. The amount of information we gather is so vast that we need to collect it in such a format so we can access the knowledge readily when we need it.
When we prepare to write a paper, an essay, a composition, an article, a thesis, or a dissertation, we need to organize our thoughts to produce our ideas logically into understandable formats for other people. So, have a look at these cognitive tools which might change us from being product-oriented into process-oriented writers. We will be working with them during our next class and after class you might want to have some for your own….well, here they are!
Be thinking about how you would use these cognitive tools in your daily life. We will share next class.
By this time you should be winding up writing your first composition, the First Impressions essay. When you write this essay, you may want to include something about the Cultural dimensions that you learned and how they might influence your first impressions. Please bring the compositions in printed format that you prepared for our International Writing Exchange so I can have access to them also.
Here is an article that explains why it is so difficult to write in a foreign language. When we write using a second or foreign language, we are using a different discourse pattern than what we learned in our first language.
Here is an interesting read:
I would like to invite you to create a blog so we can consolidate our learning community’ connections. Please go to the side bar on this blog and look for Teacher Challenge activities. This site will walk you through the process of setting up your blog. Use either wordpress or edublogs. WordPress has tutorials for everything in English and in Spanish, so that might be helpful for you.
When you have created and personalized your theme on your blog, send me an email with the URL of your blog. This way I can put you on our class blog and we can become more connected.
If there is a quorum of people who would like to work online, please answer this post with a comment so I know who you are and we can find a way to connect to the online version of the class, which is waht we were going to do during our next class.
The learning curve is steep…but for most of you, it is fun to finally start your first blog. This blog serves to break down the classroom walls, no matter where our classroom is!
Our campus continues to be closed, and Quadratin continues to provide up to the minute coverage of what is happening. Next to all the articles about marches, and plantons, I would like to share this article from Quadratin, which for me, underlines the lack of authenticity in this take-over by “would-be students”
Much more than a writing course, in our class we will be building a writing community, growing as people, renewing our English communication skills and communicating with other people around the world.
Our writing community will have visitors from around the world. Please click around this site…you can’t hurt anything. Make sure you ready the guidelines posts in the tabs at the top, they will help you understand how to post and leave comments on these types of pages. Of special interest to you may be Blogging Guidelines and the course syllabus tabs. The tab Lindo Michoacan contains past work of students which we published and tweeted around the world…and which has gotten many responses from people who had previously only heard about Michoacan through the negative aspects reported in sensationalist news stories.