English for Academic Purposes Assignments

For Thursday, 9/20  -- 1) Study vocabulary, chapter 17;   2) Write for 30 minutes about Tuesday's lecture; 3) Bring to class two folders

For Thursday, 9/27 -- NOTE: Tuesday's class (Sept. 25) is cancelled. The next class on Thursday will be in GTW-110 (first floor Gateway Center). 1) From "The Process of Writing and Essay," the handout you received in class, read ps. 131-147. What are the three parts of an essay? What is a good thesis statement?

ALL STUDENTS: If you have any questions, email me: robert.nechols@gmail.com

Go to the Essay Assignments page of this web site. There you will find 1) a description of the Process Essay, which is the first type of essay you we will write for this course; and 2) a list of Process Essay Topics.

Your assignment for Tuesday is to read the description of the Process Essay and choose a process essay topic. You may choose a topic from the list or a different process essay topic, one not on the list.

You do not have to write about the topic, yet. However, you should prepare to talk about the topic with other students in class on Tuesday. In other words, prepare to describe in a few minutes a process to other students. This activity in class will be to talk, not write. Just prepare to use a topic to tell others how to do something (following the guidelines in the Process Essay description). 

NEW:Our textbook Vocabulary Power 3 is now in the bookstore. Please buy the book and bring it to class on Thursday, or let me know if you are unable to buy it by then. Also, please purchase the second book for the course: The Other Wes Moore: One name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. You can by the paperback at any bookstore, or buy it online. It can be bought online new or used for a cheap price. Libraries will also have this book. Avoid buying it at the campus bookstore, which is too expensive. The first reading assignment for this book will be due next Tuesday.

For Tuesday, 10/2 -- Class will be held in GTW-110

1) Choose a Process Essay Topic; 2) Prepare to describe your process to other students in class

For Thursday, Oct. 4 -- In class on Thursday, you will write a 50-minute Process essay. You may use notes only, which I will check at the beginning of class. No dictionaries or electronic devices.

You should bring both books, The Other Wes Moore and Vocabulary Power 3 to class next week (Tuesday, Oct. 9).

For Tuesday, Oct. 9 -- Bring both books to class

Write two paragraphs from Vocabulary Power 3, Chapter 18, “Words in Writing”

Read chapter one of The Other Wes Moore

About the two essays, “The Gift” and “When Greed Gives Way to Giving,” write a list of the similarities and differences between the two stories. Use complete sentences.

Review the vocabulary for Chapter 19.

For Thursday, October 11

Vocabulary Power 3, “Chapter 19” – study the vocabulary

Read Chapter 2 of The Other Wes Moore . Take notes as you read.

Identify all the people in the first two chapters. In other words, know the names of all the people in the first two chapters.

Make corrections on your Process essay. Chart your errors on your Error Correction Chart.

For Tuesday, October 16 -- 1) Choose and write down a topic for your next essay : Comparison/Contrast. Go to the Essay Assignments page of this web site for a list of topics; 2) Bring both Vocabulary Power 3 and The Other Wes Moore to class; 3) Read Chapter 3 (and take notes) of The Other Wes Moore; 4) Choose one of the Writing Assignments from p. 469 at the end of the essay, "Say Yes to Yourself," and write a paragraph (one page) response.

For Thursday, October 18 -- 1) Write a rough draft of Comparison/Contrast Essay (see the assignments page) -- due Thursday, October 18; 2) Continue studying Vocabulary Power 3, Chapter 20 (quiz on Oct. 23); 3) Read Chapter 4 of The Other Wes Moore; 4) Read the essay by Daniel Goleman, "Emotional Intelligence" for class discussion and in-class writing on Thursday (Oct. 18).

For Tuesday, October 23 -- 1) Review vocabulary from Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20 for quiz on 10/23;  2) Read Chapter 5 of  The Other Wes Moore. You will be asked to answer a few questions in writing about the book through chapter 5;  3) Read the essay by Daniel Goleman, "Emotional Intelligence" for class discussion and in-class writing on Tues., 10/23;  4) Bring to class the transcript from the video, "Daniel Goleman On Compassion" for discussion of vocabulary and ideas;  5) Finish the exercise on commas that you received in class.

NOTE: As you study the vocabulary chapters from Vocabulary Power 3, I will check any of the exercises that you complete and give to me. Give me copies, not your book.

NOTE: Begin viewing all of the videos that we have seen in class to prepare for a test on Tuesday, October 30. Look at the new Resources page of this website for the links to the videos.

For Thursday, October 25 -- Some of the assignments for Tuesday will carry over to Thursday. 1) The most important assignment is to write a draft of the comparison/contrast essay (refer to the essay assignments page of this website if you need a list of topics). If you have already completed the draft but have not given it to me, try to email it to me by Wednesday, Oct. 24. Then I will be able to return it to you by Thursday. For everyone, the final version of the comparison/contrast essay will be due next week, on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  -- 2) Read the essay by Daniel Goleman, "Emotional Intelligence" for class discussion and in-class writing on Thurs., 10/25;  3) Bring to class the transcript from the video, "Daniel Goleman On Compassion" for discussion of vocabulary and ideas; 4) Study Vocabulary Power, chapt. 21 for Thursday, 10/25;  5) Read chapter 5 of The Other Wes Moore for Tuesday, Oct. 30.

NOTE: As you study the vocabulary chapters from Vocabulary Power 3, I will check any of the exercises that you complete and give to me. Give me copies, not your book.

NOTE: Begin viewing all of the videos that we have seen in class to prepare for a test on Tuesday, October 30. Look at the new Resources page of this website for the links to the videos.

Oct. 25 -- By 6pm on Friday, email me your thoughts about the assignment you just did in class (narrative descriptions) in the context of the paper I gave you at the end of class about the eight items -- woods, bear, stanger .. Write at least two or three sentences about what the assignment means. What might be the purpose of the assignment? What might be the meaning of your writing? Write anything about your understanding of the connection between your writing about the eight items and the paper you received at the end of class. Email to: Robert.Nechols@gmail.com

I will post the email responses Friday evening on the Discussion & Questions  page of the website.

For Nov. 13 -- I hope this message finds you all well. I know many have suffered due to the recent storm, and clearly taking care of homes and families takes priority over studies. As we do get ready to return to class, I want to assure you that you will be given enough time to complete assignments, and that classes that were cancelled will be made up. However, we also need to move forward so that more time is not lost.

For those who were able to attend the last two classes last Thursday (Nov. 1) and yesterday, we began preparation for writing the next essay, which will be a narrative essay. We discussed the elements of a good narrative and looked at three student essays. Students also received a list of topics (see list below) and were given the following assignments for the next class.

If you have any questions about these assignments, please email me.

1)  Think of your own topic for the narrative essay, and write answers to the following three questions as the first step to writing the essay: 1) What is the story about? 2) What happened (the main events)? What is the meaning of the story?

2) Read through Chapter 6 of The Other Wes Moore. There will be a quiz on the book (Chapters 1-6) on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

3) Study Chapter 22 from Vocabulary Power 3.

Topic Suggestions: Narrative

At least one of the 42 topics below may remind you of a particular incident that you can relate in a clearly organized narrative essay.

  1. a memorable wedding or funeral
  2. your first day at a new school or college
  3. your first day at a new job
  4. your last day on a job
  5. a disastrous date
  6. a moment of failure or success
  7. an encounter that changed your life
  8. an experience that led to renewed faith
  9. a strange job interview
  10. an experience that left you disillusioned
  11. an embarrassing experience
  12. a frightening experience
  13. a memorable journey
  14. an encounter with someone or something you were afraid of
  15. an occasion when you experienced rejection
  16. the breakup of a friendship
  17. an experience that showed how we should be careful of what we wish for
  18. a significant misunderstanding
  19. a dangerous experience
  20. an experience that showed how appearances can be deceiving
  21. an account of a difficult decision that you had to make
  22. an event that marked a turning point in your life
  23. a memorable encounter with someone in authority
  24. an act of heroism or cowardice
  25. a rebellious act
  26. a brush with greatness
  27. a brush with death
  28. a time that you took a stand on an important issue
  29. an experience that altered your view of someone
  30. a vacation trip from your childhood
  31. your first time away from home
  32. two different versions of the same event
  33. a day when everything went right (or wrong)
  34. an experience that made you laugh until you cried
  35. the day you decided to change your life
  36. the experience of being lost
  37. an unexpected encounter
  38. surviving a hurricane or a tornado (or other natural disaster)
  39. an experience that taught you a lesson
  40. an important discovery
  41. an eyewitness account of an important event
  42. an experience that helped you grow up

Nov. 15 -- If you were absent from class on Thurs., Nov. 15, you missed the in-class narrative essay. You can make-up the assignment by writing the narrative essay out-of-class and turning in to me on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Also, you should watch this 25 min. video, which we watched in class on Nov. 15. on TED.com -- Rick Smolan tells the story of a girl --  http://www.ted.com/talks/rick_smolan_tells_the_story_of_a_girl.html

Assignments for Tues., Nov. 20 -- 1) Read chapters 7 & 8 from The Other Wes Moore; 2) Study chapter 23 from Vocabulary Power 3; 3) Write answers to three of the following questions about the Rick Smolan video:

  1. How do you interpret Rick Smolan’s special interest in this girl’s life? What did he perceive about her and her situation?

 

  1. How would you describe the grandmother?

 

  1. Is there a main idea, a message that this story conveys?

 

  1. What are the important decisions that the people in the story made? Why did they make them?

 

  1. What are your thoughts about adoption?

 

  1. How would you describe the girl’s uncle?

 

  1. What’s the background of the story? Why did Rick Smolan go to Korea and begin doing a story on the girl?

 

  1. How would you describe Smolan? How about Gene and Gail?

 

  1. How would you describe Hyun Sook Lee (Natasha)?

 

  1. What’s the background of the story? Why did Rick Smolan go to Korea and begin doing a story on the girl?

 

  1. How are the photographs used in the story? Are there any photos in particular that were impressive or helped you understand the story?