Writing Strategies B I, II

This course will offer students an opportunity to develop their writing skills for the purpose of communication, employing the process writing approach and various writing activities.

By taking this course, students will be able to increase their writing fluency. In WS-B I, they will also learn the basic paragraph structure in English and will be able to write well-organized one-paragraph essays. In addition, they will learn the basic essay structure in English and will be able to write well-organized essays (consisting of more than one paragraph) in WS-B II.

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  1. Announcements
  2. Unit 1: Introduction to paragraphs
    • What is a paragraph?
      • Grammar for writing
        • Checking for verbs and fragments
        • Nouns and noun forms
      • Paragraph writing
        • Concluding sentences
        • Four features of a well-written paragraph
        • Peer editing (peer editing sheet 1)
  3. Homework/Announcements
    • By Monday, May 20:
      • Revise Unit 1 paragraph (a place I would like to visit) and submit it @ Google Classroom [https://classroom.google.com/].
      • Continue Slack postings.
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  1. Announcements
  2. Unit 1: Introduction to paragraphs
    • What is a paragraph?
      • Homework review (Activity 7)
      • Supporting sentences
        • Types of supporting sentences
      • Avoiding unrelated sentences
      • Introducing Google Classroom
      • Paragraph writing
        • A place I would like to visit one day
  3. Homework/Announcements
    • By Monday, May 13:
      • Unit 1 Paragraph (a place I would like to visit) first draft @ Google Classroom. Google Classroom の登録がまだの人は招待コードを送るのでメールください。
        • 教科書 p. 16 の types of supporting sentences のうち2つ以上を含んだパラグラフにしてください。
        • Concluding sentence はまだ書かなくてOKです。
      • Continue Slack postings.
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  1. Announcements
  2. WS-B 2019 Slack
    • Follow up
      • Word count spreadsheet
  3. Unit 1: Introduction to paragraphs
    • What is a paragraph?
      • Homework review (Activity 3)
      • Five features of a good topic sentence (Activity 6)
      • Brainstorming (Activity 7)
        • A place I would like to visit one day
      • Supporting sentences
        • Types of supporting sentences
      • Avoiding unrelated sentences
  4. Homework/Announcements
    • Before the next class:
      • Activity 7 (p. 14). Brainstorm ideas about the topic, “a place I would like to visit one day,” and write a topic sentence on the textbook.
      • Continue Slack postings.
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  1. Announcements
  2. WS-B 2019 Slack
    • Follow up
      • Aim for 300+ words / week (x 15 = 4,500+ words / semester)
  3. Unit 1: Introduction to paragraphs
    • What is a paragraph?
      • Topic sentences (Activities 1 & 2)
      • Five features of a good topic sentence (Activity 5)
      • Brainstorming
      • Supporting sentences
      • Avoiding unrelated sentences
  4. Homework/Announcements
    • Before the next class:
      • Activity 3 (pp. 8-9) from the textbook.
      • Continue Slack postings.
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  1. Announcements
  2. Instructor’s brief self-introduction
  3. Self-introduction
  4. Overview of the course (WS-B syllabus 2019)
  5. Introducing the class web site
  6. Introducing Slack.
  7. Background survey
  8. Homework/Announcements
    • Before the next class:
      • Buy the textbook at Seikyo, and have a look.
      • Create a Slack account and join the WS-B 2019 team. Join #journal and #topics and post something in English there.
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