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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Week#9 & 10

To Discuss
- Midterms: Answers, scores,  thoughts
- Practice: see midterm page, EGO (English Grammar Online)
- Upcoming Assignments: Narrative Essay, Author's Choice
- Auto-translate Experiment

Narrative Essay
  • Things to remember as you plan your narrative essay
    - You are not just telling a story - what's the 'lesson learned' and/or moral of the story?
    - What's the hook?  How can you start in an interesting way?
    - What are the chronological details you will include in the story?|
    - Showing, not Telling
  • Before May 3 class:  Google Translate Experiment.  Post a narrative paragraph and auto-translations to  your Auto-Translate Experiment Doc:  EGL203-04   EGL 203-06
    Review Narrative Essay Materials (Packet pages 20-21, links above)
  • May 3 class: Prepare at least one Third Person Narrative Essay Topic. 
    We will outline it in class. 
  • May 7: No class :(
  • May 10:  Bring  a printout of the outline and first draft of your Narrative Essay.
    The essay should be 400~1,000,000 words. 
  • May 12: Finish making edits to the first draft of your narrative essay.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Midterms - Spring 2018

Assignment:  By April 21, finish revising your Opinion Essay.  Do you best to correct the errors that were commented on.

Written quiz Monday, April 23
- Writing tasks involving basic mechanics
- Sentence Error Correction focusing on
Individual Conferences
Aside from showing up or not, conferences will not affect your grades. It is just an opportunity to meet with Jeff one-on-one to..
  • get acquainted (or catch-up)
  • go over specific writing questions and/or course progress
    - Prepare specific questions about error corrections on your writing assignments
    - What are your biggest writing challenges and/or confusions?
  • discuss anything else you'd like.
Sign-up by 10 pm April 17
Times: Monday April 23, 2pm~5pm, 7pm~8pm Monday April 30, 2pm~5pm
 Conference Sign-up Form

Practice Activities

Parallel Structure
Exercise 1     Interactive Exercise

Exercise 2     Interactive Exercise

Subject Verb Agreement

Exercise 1 Interactive Exercise

Exercise 2   Interactive Exercise

Preposition Quizzes

Monday, April 9, 2018

Week#6 - Opinion Essay Edits & Word Order

Opinion Essay Checklist
- Is there an interesting hook? Any suggestions?
- Is there a clear, strong thesis statement?
- Are there are least three supporting arguments or reasons supporting the thesis statement?
- Does the essay address at least one counter argument?
- Would this essay help persuade you to agree with the author?

- Does the essay make a point directly or tell me that it’s going to make a point?  Is the fourth wall broken?

After checking your essay with classmates, please revise your Google Doc  Find at least one sentence that you're not sure how to fix or improve and post it in the 'Is it OK?' table of your class groups.  This can be related to grammar or opinion essay structure.
Group Notes:  EGL203-04     EGL203-06 

Word Order Guide

Adjective Word Order

Word Order Practice

Adjective Word Order   287530
Word Type Word Order   573409
Star Wars Word Order   418901

Coming Soon!  Explain To/For

Monday, April 2, 2018

Week#5 - Opinion Essay Prep

Before Thursday's Class: 
  • Look through the pages 17~19 (Opinion Essay Readings) in your EGL203 Writing Packet
  • Choose your Opinion Topic and post it in the Band
  • Research your topic and think about your most important supporting arguments
  • Do NOT write your essay
    Essay Outline Format

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!


Due April 9 Write a 500-1000 word opinion essay.  Create a Google Doc in your EGL203 Writing folder before our next class and change the title to 'Your Name - Opinion Essay'. . Proofread your writing at least once and BRING A PRINTOUT of this first draft to our next class. Also bring your outline (no matter how messy it is).