September 1, 2009 Archives
We will discuss the Individual Learning Plan (ILP), an important multi-stage assignment that accounts for 15% of your grade, and lays the groundwork for the final self-assessment paper, which is worth another 10%.
Use the information you gathered from your MyCompLab pretest in order to write a brief essay that describes your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. You may already have done a similar thing in your first paragraph assignment, but at that time you didn't have the pretest feedback to guide your reaction.
Remember that a multiple-choice test doesn't actually test your ability as a writer, it simply tests your ability to take a multiple-choice test on grammar and punctuation.
I will be looking for your ability to apply what you learned from this pretest, and your ability to form a strategy for improving your writing. This essay is the first step in a process that will lead to your "Individual Learning Plan" and your "Final Self-Assessment Essay."
Distributed via GiffinGate, under "Handouts."
Planning -- Choosing a Focus
Exploring your Ideas
The course will ask you to experiment with different methods of exploring through writing, such as brainstorming, idea-mapping, and freewriting. We'll go through each of those strategies in class, though you're welcome to try them on your own. (See section 2b in SF Writer.)
Drafting -- Giving Form to Your Ideas
Your writing task is not finished once you get to 200 words. College writing students are expected to make occasional mid-course corrections to stay on track, and frequent hairpin turns in order to follow an idea that heads off in an unexpected direction.
You won't be able to cover every possible answer to the prompts in just 200 words. Try jotting down your reactions to each prompt, and see which one sparks your creativity the most. Choose that prompt as your topic, and determine what your answer will be.
Rather than wasting 20 words repeating or rephrasing the question, just focus on giving the answer.
Revising -- Seeing Again, Building on Strengths
Once you have a decent draft, try putting it aside and coming back the next day. You might also try
- trading drafts with a classmate and exchanging ideas (this is perfectly acceptable in a writing class)
- asking someone else to read your draft to you