Today, we are meeting in the computer lab at 8:30 sharp!
Grammar Fun, Grammar Quiz
- They're, their, and there
- Too, To, Two
Let's Look at How Your Writing is Going to be Evaluated and the TSI Writing Rubric (TSI Assessment Prep from UTSA)
Six Characteristics of Writing
- Purpose and Focus – The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
- Organization and Structure – The extent to which you order and connect ideas.
- Development and Support – The extent to which you develop and support ideas.
- Sentence Variety and Style – The extent to which you craft sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice and structure.
- Mechanical Conventions – The extent to which you express ideas using Standard Written English.
- Critical Thinking – The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.
Here is the language they use to describe an essay that receives a high score of an 8.
- Effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue
- Addresses an appropriate audience and demonstrates a clear purpose for writing in the thesis statement
- Demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using effective examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
- Is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas
- Exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate, and apt vocabulary
- Demonstrates varied and effective sentence structure
- Is free of major errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation
In-Class Writing Using Blackboard with the Obstacle Prompt
Work on the Obstacle Essay Prompt and turn it in by Friday at midnight via email.