Monday, January 31, 2011

English 1020 on 1/31/2011

We were in the lab today to do peer-editing and revising of the classification essay.  The students typed up the final essays and turned them in.  Tonight's homework is to read chapter 6 and to read "Weird Weather" starting on page 607.  Complete the "Comprehension and Critical Thinking" questions following the reading.

We will be back in the classroom on Wednesday.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

English 1020 and 1010 on 1/27/2011

This was an interesting night.  In English 1020, we went over classification essays, and students began working on a rough draft of it.  The topics to choose from were at the end of chapter 11 and the two writing topics at the end of the reading selection that was due today.  The students had some good discussions going about some of the topic choices.

In English 1010, almost half the class was absent.  A few got in touch with me about illnesses.  I hope all those who are sick get well soon!  We had a comma quiz which cannot be made up, but if the students approach me, they can get a copy of the quiz to use to help study for tests.  We also went over chapters 1 and 2 in the book, and had an in-class writing assignment.  The assignment was to do some pre-writing, and if time, move on to writing, about one of three possible topics from a scholarship contest:
1) What are your educational goals?
2) How will winning this scholarship help me reach my goals?
3) Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.

The writing has to be 250 words or less, and came from  I collected what students got finished, so if you missed class, try to get this done over the weekend.  I'm trying to encourage all of you to go out for scholarships!

I hope everyone has a good weekend, and I'll see you next week!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My text number

Apparently, even though some students were able to text me recently on the number I gave on the syllabus, it was changed without notification.  I will be giving out the new number during class tomorrow and Monday.  I will not give the number on the blog, but if you need it or want it before we meet next, send me an email to let me know.

English 1020 1/26

Today was a pretty good day in class.  We had notes on chapter 11, and students began writing the rough draft of their classification essay.  Over the weekend, you need ot make sure you get your rough draft written for Monday.  The topic choices are on pages 195-196, and the writing topics that directly follow "Living Environments."  You only need to choose one.  The essay must be at least five paragraphs in length.

Have a good weekend, and I hope to see you on Monday!

English 1020 and 1010 on 1/25

Last night was interesting.  The students were speaking up and participating a great deal.

In English 1020, we finished the comma notes in class.  We also went over the parts of an essay. 

In English 1010, we went over commas and what makes a paragraph.  Be aware, you may have a quiz on commas tomorrow!


   English 1020: Read chapter 11, review handbook section 3, and read "Living Environments" starting on page 592 of the textbook.  Complete the "Comprehension and Critical Thinking" questions following the reading selection.

   English 1010: Read chapters 1, 2, and 35.

That's all for now, and I hope to see you in class tomorrow night!

Monday, January 24, 2011

English 1020 1/24/11

In English 1020 today, I put two days of notes into one.  We went over the pretest today, reviewed parts speech, and writing the essay.  The students then had time to get a head start on their homework.

Tonight's homework:
  • Review handbook section 3
  • Read chapter 11
  • Read "Living Environments" on page 592 and answer the "Comprehension and Critical Thinking" questions that follow
*Note:  You will be answering the "Comprehension and Critical Thinking" questions for each reading selection you do for this class!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

English 1010 and 1020 on 1/20/2011

Tonight was one of those nights where I got distracted easily.  However, in English 1020, we finished the notes on chapter 1, and went over our pretest.  We started notes on commas, and will finish on Tuesday.

In English 1010, we went over the pretest we took Tuesday night, and we reviewed the parts of speech.  To end the week on a bit of a fun note, we watched some of the School House Rock videos on the parts of speech.

There is no homework over the weekend for either class.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

English 1020 on 1/19/11

Today's class was big!  We did the usual first day stuff, so we went over the syllabus and did a pretest.  After that, we went through chapter 1.  The class then had time to do some of the readings for homework.

Today's homework:
   Review handbook sections 4, 5, and 6.  Read chapters 1 and 3.  If you were in class, you do not need to read chapter 1 since we already went over it.  Most of this should be review for you!

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you on Monday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

English 1020 and 1010 on January 18

Good evening!  The first day got off to a rocky start as many students had the wrong classroom on their schedules.  From now on, English 1020 at 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays will meet in room 130, and English 1010 at 8:00 PM will meet in room 175.

In both classes, I went over the syllabus tonight and gave a pretest.  A few students were absent or left becuase of the confusion with classrooms.

In English 1020, we started going over chapter 1 in the textbook.  On Thursday, we will finish up chapter 1 and move on.

Tonight's homework:
English 1020:
   Review sections 4, 5, and 6 in the handbook and read chapters 1 and 3 in the textbook.

English 1010:
   Read sections 4,5, and 6 in the handbook and review chapter 30 in the textbook.

I hope to see you on Thursday!


Welcome all to the first week of classes!  It's great to finally get started, isn't it?  This first week should be fairly simple.  We are just going over the syllabus and are beginning with some grammar lessons.  In the future, this blog will be used to update you on what happened in class and to make sure you know what the homework is for the night.

I hope you enjoy this class, and feel free to come talk to me if you need to!