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What Second-Semester Writing Students Should Already Know

  • what a thesis statement is (an assertion about the topic and a blueprint of the paper) and is not (a topic, a question, or an announcement)
  • how to write a relevant, specific, and interesting title
  • how to write a clear, effective thesis statement
  • how to write an interesting, well-developed introduction leading into the thesis statement and the body of the paper
  • how to write unified, coherent body paragraphs with clearly stated topic sentences and adequate support
  • how to write a well-developed, interesting conclusion
  • hot to transition smoothly between paragraphs and sections
  • how to write grammatically correct sentences (no fragments or run-ons)
  • how to use punctuation correctly
  • how to make pronouns agree with antecednets and verbs with subjects
  • how to write parallel lists and headings
  • that first- and second-person pronouns should be avoided in academic writing (except personal and process essays)
  • that contractions are not appropriate in formal academic writing
  • how to freewrite and create mind maps (clustering)
  • how to prepare a formal outline
  • how to prepare a paper in MLA format
  • what plagiarism is
  • how to use basic features in a word processing program
  • how to save a file as a different type
  • how to upload or attach a file

Research Journal Assignment #12

Post in Your Blog:

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

RJA #12a: Progress ReportReport on the progress you have made on your argumentative paper.  The report should include at least two parts, which may be paragraphs or bulleted lists:  (1) what you have accomplished and (2) what you still need to do, including a detailed schedule for completing your paper.  Refer to the updated course schedule (ENG 1020 on-campus classes, ENG 1020 online class, ENG 122 class) for due dates.

RJA #12b: Presentation Plan–Write a paragraph or outline to plan what you will include in your presentation.  This plan will probably closely resemble part of your formal outline.

RJA #12c:  Introduction Check–Go to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their introductions (Research Journal Assignment #11a).  In comment on those posts, offer suggestions for improving their introductions or confirm that they follow the guidelines provided on pages 213-216 in your textbook and in “Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper.”  In your own blog, post links to the web addresses of the posts you commented on (not the main addresses for the blogs).

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

Research Journal Assignment #11

Post in Your Blog:

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

RJA #11a: IntroductionFollowing the guidelines provided on pages 213-216 in your textbook and in “Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper,” draft the introduction to  your paper.  Avoid using first person pronouns (I, me, my, and mine).

RJA #11b: Visual Aids–Brainstorm a list of at least five different visual aids you could include in your paper.

RJA #11c:  Thesis Statement Check–Go to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their thesis statements (Research Journal Assignment #10a).  In comment on those posts, offer suggestions for improving their thesis statements or confirm that they follow the guidelines on page 179 in the textbook and in “Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper” and that they provide a blueprint of the paper.  In your own blog, post links to the web addresses of the posts you commented on (not the main addresses for the blogs).

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.