Week 2: Writing is Structuring

Get Started On Week 2:

Welcome to week two of English 1!

  1. Always read all weekly content before you do any activities this week.
  2. Notice we now have 2 deadlines per week; one before noon on Weds., and one before Friday at noon CT. You'll need to absorb the course content and do activities  before noon on Weds. Then, you'll finish up all remaining assignments before Friday. To check the due date on any activity at any time, read the heading on the assignment or use the Blackboard Calendar.
  3. You'll notice a new main menu area this week! In Blackboard, look for the ESSAY ! area on the main menu, under MAJOR ASSESSMENTS. Since you'll be working on Essay 1 for more than just one week, that area collects the requirements, grading rubric, and optional resources for you to easily refer to. Check it out!
  4. Check your Madison College email most weekdays; I will send out announcements when I've got them ready.I know managing email can be a pain at times, but you might miss crucial info if you do not check that account. You are responsible for managing your email communications.

If you have any questions about course content, please contact me, Martha Schwer, your instructor, by email at schwer@madisoncollege.edu (preferred) or phone 608-246-6172. If you have technical difficulty, phone the computer help desk at 608-243-4444 or toll-free 1-866-277-4445.

Recap of Last Week's Learning

In week one, you achieved a lot! You learned what open- and closed-format organization was, made your first voice or video comments in VoiceThread, learned about rhetoric, genre, and summaries. You even got started writing at the college level by posting two summaries! That is a lot to be proud of. I'll be grading all your week 1 work during week 2; I look forward to it!

And by now, you should be seeing what our main theme we'll be writing about in this course is: "How can we manage and balance the presence of technology in our lives?"

If you had struggles last week, it’s important to look back and learn from them. Identify what went wrong and how you can improve those bumps in the road this week. Remember, you should get started on your assignments early in the week. Do not wait until the end of the week to get started.

Each item you complete in Week 2 will be require the information and skills you practiced in week 1. So, if you missed anything last week – go back immediately and complete it. For example, if you didn't post viewpoints on the 1.4 VoiceThread, you can't do some of the assignments this week.

Overview & Goals for Week 2

In college, creativity doesn't just happen when it strikes you. Your effort MAKES it happen! This week, our focus is the closed-form essay. This structure of writing was introduced in Chapter 1. We'll be writing the first draft of a closed-form essay this week. You'll start by reviewing our class's ideas about balancing digital technology in your life, then doing some pre-writing/brainstorming to create a visual representation of the structure and content of your essay. Then, you'll post a draft of your closed form essay for our learning community to suggest additional content, changes, or improvements. Are you ready to be creative?

Learning Objectives for Week 2

Don't get overwhelmed by the reading and number of activities required this week. In an 8-week course, it's intense! Use these learning objectives as your checklist of main points to focus on, and you'll do well. By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • use self-assessment to improve your summary-writing skills
  • generate ideas for creative, unique content from discussion
  • identify characteristics of closed-form essay structure
  • select a pre-writing strategy to generate structure for essays
  • format your manuscript in MLA style to project a neat, professional image.
  • generate examples to use in your writing.
  • define unity and coherence in paragraphs.

I also hope you'll learn to be a better online learner this week, by reflecting on your work so far and managing your time well!

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“You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." ― Junot Díaz