It was another busy three hours! Unfortunately, there was still problems with the projector, so I am trying to change our room so that our lesson will go more smoothly next week.
We learned about the structure of the body paragraphs. In BP#1 and BP#2, you give your reasons for your position and support your reasons with supporting ideas and details.
There are four types of details you can use in your essay: (1) facts; (2) descriptions; (3) statistics; and (4) expert opinions.
Remember that BP#3 is very different from your other body paragraphs. In BP#3, you need to include counter-arguments and rebuttals.
If you would like to review the slide presentation from our lesson, you can find it at this link: Persuasion Essay Body Paragraphs
Introductions: First drafts
I returned the first drafts of your introductions in class. We went through the different types of comments on your drafts: blue comments for structure/content and red comments for grammar. You also received Correction Symbols. I will use correction symbols to give you hints about the errors you make in your writing.
For next week, you need to complete an outline for your body paragraphs. Make sure you download the outline template. You can find it at the end of this summary.
Before our discussion, we reviewed Anglo-Saxon Conversational Style. The handout from our lesson at in a file at the end of this summary. Remember that you can "jump into" a discussion and that you don't have to wait to give comments.
I was very impressed with your discussions, especially with your conversational style; most members gave their opinions and commented on each other’s opinions. In addition, you’ve done a good job pre-teaching your vocabulary before the start of your discussion.
For next week's lesson, remember these points to help you improve your discussions:
1. Discussion preparation
2. Journal Topic #4: an interesting place
3. Blog Post #4
4. Outline: due May 13 before 12 noon
Blog Question #4:
Read through the comments on the first draft of your introduction. What are three grammar points you need to remember when you write the rest of your essay?
(For students who missed last week's lesson, you will have to submit your blog post after this week's lesson).
* Write 8-10 sentences.
* Use capitalization & spelling correctly.
* Submit by Tuesday, May 14 by 6:00pm
As usual, we had another busy class. However, you get a short break because of the Golden Week vacation next week.
Once again, good work with your discussions. I was also impressed that some of the leaders used gestures effectively (we'll have a lesson on this in May).
However, remember these points to improve your discussions next week:
We learned how to make a bibliography for a research paper. A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the sources you use for your research paper. When you organize your source information in your bibliography, you need to arrange it using the MLA style (MLA=Modern Language Association).
MLA referencing is one of the ways you can document your sources in your research paper. This style is used in the humanities, especially for writing about language and literature. Below, you can find the handout from class with the most common MLA entries.
MLA Referencing Guide
We also learned about the different parts of an introduction:
b. general statements
c. thesis statement
You can choose from five different hooks:
d. interesting facts
Please be aware that your writing must be submitted on time if you would like to receive my comments. If you submit your writing after a deadline, it will not be checked.
Enjoy the Golden Week vacation!
If you missed our lesson on Wednesday, make sure you review the Introduction and Bibliography Guidelines before you submit your tasks.
Don't forget our lesson is cancelled on May 1. Remember to come back on May 8.
Blog Question #3:
*Write 8-10 sentences.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Wednesday, May 7 by 6:00pm.