Welcome to EGL212-01

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571 Email: bufslebow@gmail.com
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-5pm,
Website >>> writingbridges.com

This is an advanced composition course that will focus on fine tuning writing skills acquired during prerequisite courses. Aspects of composition covered will include academic, creative, and letter writing.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week#5 - Opinion Polishing & Descriptive Writings

Descriptive Writing



Polishing Your Opinion Essays

Feedback Thoughts
  • Writing is hard
  • The goal of this course
  • Updated correction codes
  • An example of what Jeff likes to see
  • Things that annoy Jeff at 1am
    - Lack of spell checking, capitalization, uncorrected fixes


Opinion Essay:
'Polish' your opinion essay to the best of your ability and post it on your blog by Oct. 6.  Feel free to include images and links.

Descriptive Writing:
Create a Doc in the 'Your Name - Student# - ENG251 Writings' folder of your Google Drive.
Write at least 10 descriptive sentences about your Chuseok moment.  For now, don't worry about essay structure.
Use thesaurus.comvisual thesaurus , or Words-to-Use.com  to stretch your vocabulary and write powerful descriptions.   If you're not sure how common a word is, check out Wordcount.org

Monday's Class (Oct. 5) will be  'Writing Workshop' time.  You can finalize opinion essay edits and start working on putting the pieces of your descriptive essay together.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week#4 - Revising Opinion Essays, Citation, and Chuseok Descriptions Ahoy!

In Class
Monday: In groups of three or four, use the Essay Revision Checklist to help improve each other's essay.

Wednesday:  In groups, continue revising your opinion essays.  Please post any challenges you aren't sure how to fix on the 'Sentence Challenges - Sept. 23' document.
Post your thesis statement to the Class Band.

Assignment: Capturing a Chuseok moment.  At some time during your long weekend, notice a moment that is full of things to describe.  Take a few photos and/or write down at least ten words (not sentences) that describe the what you see, hear, smell, taste, and/or feel (physically and emotionall).

Proper Citation / Avoiding Plagiarism


Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal verbs can be transitive or intransitive.
Transitive phrasal verbs have a direct object. Intransitive phrasal verbs have no direct object.
Transitive: You need to fill out this form to register for the course.
Intransitive:  woke up at 10:30 AM.
Transitive phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable.
Please turn off the TV.   Please turn the TV off.
I’ll look after your dog while you’re on vacation.                 
 look your dog after while you’re on vacation – INCORRECT

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week#3 - Opinion Essay

Persuasive Essay Overview
Writing a five paragraph opinion essay
        A Cat is a Man's Best Friend
        The Benefits of Regular Exercise
        The Hazards of Moviegoing
        The Three Africas
        Why Study Shakespeare?

If You Teach or Write 5-Paragraph Essays--Stop It!

Topic Sentence Exercises

Assignment:   - By Tuesday night (11pm) post the thesis statement of your opinion essay in the Class Band.
- By Sunday 3pm: Based on your thesis statement and topic sentences, write the first draft of your Opinion Essay using Google Docs. Name the document 'Your Name - Opinion Essay'. Bring a print out of your essay to class on Monday, Sept. 21.

Thesis Sentence vs. Topic Sentence

How to Write a Thesis for Beginners

How to Write a Topic Sentence Video

How to Write a Conclusion

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Sept. 9

Things to do in class...

  • If you haven't done your Week#1 writing assignment, do so! Go to a computer lab if necessary.
  • If you have done your assignment, but not gotten feedback from Jeff, make sure to share it with pufslebow@gmail.com
  • If you have done it and gotten feedback from Jeff, meet with another student to go over the corrections you made.   If there are any fixes that you're not sure are correct, add that sentence to the Week#2 Sentence Corrections Doc

  • Work with another classmate or two and finish correcting the sentence error correction handout from Monday.
  • Do online exercises about....