Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Day 28- Review, Party, and ICES Forms

Class Today:
1. Collocations

  • Worksheet
  • Login to COCA with my information
    • Username:
    • PW: ESL505

2. Preposition Handout
This comes from the book, Advanced Grammar in Use by Martin Hewings. I highly recommend purchasing it as a reference book!

3. Party

  • Evaluate me! I will leave the room and you fill out ICES forms. 
  • Please feel free to put comments! I do read these and discuss them with my peers. 
  • Please don't forget to fill out the top part of the form. Here is a picture: 

  • Someone will need to volunteer to drop off the forms in the mailbox. You must go to the lobby of the Foreign Language Building and put the folder in this mailbox:
  • After you finish ICES, you may leave :) 

1. Bring the handout I gave you to our conference next week. This spreadsheet lists when you are supposed to attend.
2. Write a final reflection of 250-400 words. This is worth 2.5% of grade. Turn the assignment into Compass2g by December 15th at MIDNIGHT.
3. Final version of your case-based essay is December 15th by NOON.  Turn the essay into the Unit 4 Case Based Essay folder. No late assignments will be accepted. You may e-mail me earlier drafts. 


1. Collocations Worksheet (Answers)
2. Conference Handout
3. COCA Website
4. Advanced Grammar in Use by Martin Hewings

Next Class: Meet me for conference!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 27- Peer-Review

Class Today:
Warm-up: Do you like doing peer-review? Why or why not? Explain in this google doc.

Group discussion: What has been hardest about writing this essay? Why? Discuss with two other people.

Peer-Review: Using this handout to help you, read a classmate's second draft of their case-based essay.

Next Class: Last class! Review the structure of case-based essays, discuss common errors and PARTY!

1. Using this spreadsheet, pick a date and time to meet with me for the conference. We will discuss all your writing over the semester AND the case-based essay.
2. Have a second draft prepared by December 5th. Turn it into Compass.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 26: Integrating PIE and Cohesion into a Decision Case-Based Essay

Class Today:
1. Review Outlining
  • In groups of 3, discuss was hardest about writing an outline. We will discuss your answers after 5 minutes.
2. PIE
Now we have an outline! But to develop the paragraphs we need PIE.
  • Get in pairs, one student will be student A and the other one will be student B. Read the paragraphs to your partner. Ask your partner if the phrase is a P, I, or E. If your partner does not know the answer, you can help. Do not show the answers!
  • Next,  download this paragraph and highlight it according to instructions. Do this with your partner.
3. Cohesion
Now you know how to develop your paragraph, but how can you make sure it makes sense?
  • In groups, brainstorm words you have used to make your writing easier to understand.
  • Then in groups of 3, do this cohesion worksheet together.

4. Putting it all together
Working on integrating PIE and cohesion into your first body paragraph from your outline.
  • If we have time, we will do a mini peer review. 

Next Class: Peer-Review

1. The first draft of your case-based essay is due November 23rd by Midnight.
2. Have a great Thanksgiving break!

1. Answers to PIE paragraph
2. Cohesion Answer Key

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 25: Outlining a Decision Case-Based Essay and Action Plan

Class Today:
1. Quiz: I will give you 10 minutes to summarize the article. Submit your answer to compass for a quiz grade.

2. Warm-up: Can you guess what the five headings were? Hint: you already know the first one! Share your ideas in this google doc.
Answer: 1. Problem & Position Statement 2. Decision Options 3. Decision Criteria 4. Decision Options 5. Disadvantages of Recommendation 6. Action Plan
3. Jigsaw Activity
I will give you a part of the article and a heading from a different article. In your groups, summarize the section of the article you received. When you are done summarizing, talk to other groups to find the correct heading of your article.

4. Powerpoint

5. Action Plan Activity
Read the action plan from the GE case and the action plan from the Whistler case, here. What are the four main elements of an action plan?  What kind of information is included in each section? Discuss with your group.

6. Work on your outline (if time)

Class Materials:
Outline Powerpoint
Action Plans
Action Plan Powerpoint
Greenpeace/Facebook Article
Outline Guidelines

1. First draft of your entire case study essay is due Sunday, November 23rd by Midnight.
2. If I told you to rewrite your Position/Problem statement, please rewrite and turn into compass by 7AM on Thursday.
3.  Turn in your outline to compass by 7AM on Thursday.

Next class:
Writing an action Integrating PIE and coherence into a decision case-based essay

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 24: Evidence in a Case-Based Essay

Today you will learn:
  • How to use two different types of evidence (qualitative vs. quantitative) to support your position statement in a case-based essay
  • Use 4-step rebuttal strategies to defend their argument against (potential) criticism and evidence contrary to their position. 
  • Qualify and moderate a claim effectively.
Class Today:
  • Warm-Up: What was wrong with the bad case based analysis? Turn in your answers on compass for a quiz grade. (10 minutes only!)
  • Last class you learned how to write a problem and position statement (introduction). Today we will learn how support your body (evidence).
  • Evidence (body):
    • What is the difference between qualitative and quantitative based evidence?
      • Quantitative Evidence: Any support for your argument that can be expressed as a number (e.g., statistics, calculations). 
      • Qualitative Evidence: Any support for your argument that cannot be quantified (e.g. historical narrative, policies, logical explanation that appeals to common sense, shared knowledge, beliefs and values between the reader and the writer)
      • Do Task 1 of Evidence Handout
    • Addressing Contrary Evidence and Alternative Options 
      • How would you handle alternative points?
      • Do Task 2 & 3 of Evidence Handout in your groups. I will help you.
        • Discuss answers
      • Do Task 4 of Evidence Handout in your groups. I will help you.
        • Discuss answers
    • Hedging Language

1. Write a draft of your problem & position statement (introduction) and turn it into compass. This is due by Sunday, November 16th  at midnight. This will be part of your homework/participation grade.
2. The first full draft of your case based essay is due November 23rd by midnight.
3. Read the following GE Essay. There will be a quiz next Tuesday. Think about what headings you would use based on what we have done in class.

Class Materials:
Next Class:  Outlining the Body & Action Plan (Conclusion)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day 23-Problem and Position Statement

Today You Will Learn:

  • How to explain what case-based essay is and its three essential components: position statement, evidence and action plan
  • How to describe the three most common types of case-based essays and their different foci: decision, problem and evaluation essay
Class Today:

  • Warm-Up:
    • In this google doc, write what you think is important in a case study. Why? (5 minutes)
  • Discuss this handout
  • In groups of 3-4, discuss these questions and share your answers on google docs:
    • Have you written a case-based essay or case analysis before? If so, what was the purpose and the topic? Was it one of the three types described above?  
    •    How did you structure the writing? What did you put in the beginning, the middle, and the end?
  • Return to handout
  • In the same groups, discuss these two articles:
    • 1. Heineken Case Analysis
    • 2. Wal-Mart Case Analysis 
      • Does each paper includes all three parts described above and if it follows the same order described above. Discuss why they do or do not follow the same order and structure. 
  • Position and Problem Statement Powerpoint
  • Group Presentation
Class Materials:

1. Read this bad case analysis on Heineken.  Be prepared for an in-class quiz on the reading.
2. Finish Plagiarism reflection

Next Class:
Evidence in a case based essay

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 22- Case Study Discussion Day 2

Today you will learn:

  • How to discuss and debate about a case study
Class Today:

  • In two groups, prepare for a debate.
  • Present opinion
  • Group presentation.
Next Class: Problem & Position Statement

1. If you presented this week, be sure to turn in your reflection by Friday.
2. Start trying to summarize the case study we've read in class.