It’s week 7 of the semester. Time to wrap up the old writing assignments and get ready for an exam.
- return quiz and review answers
- finish returning old writing assignments
- review study notes for the mid term exam
- check test schedule
In the first hour this week, let’s do 2 things.
1 Make the exam schedule (5)
I suggest Tuesday April 23 (regular class time and classroom).
Sooner the better, right?
2 Review Articles (35)
We have not spent any time talking about this small but important writing problem: how to use articles properly. I want to spend some time on this before the exam. Let’s try the practice questions and work out the rules.
Click here to review 7 rules for articles and 2 sets of practice questions.
This worksheet had more practice questions with articles.
The midterm exam will be 50 minutes. It is worth 25% of your final grade. The midterm exam is going to have 3 parts.
I estimate the time requirements as follows:
- Part 1: 20 minutes
- Part 2: 10 minutes
- Part 3: 10 minutes
- Total: 40 minutes
Some people will be a little faster and some a little slower.
Part 1. Rewrite one story. That will be either #1 Place (do, see, eat) or #2 Creative story (show me, don’t tell me). (20 minutes)
Why rewrite an old story on the text? Show me your best long writing.
It will be graded as follows:
- 1-3 pages (max) in length
- demonstrates ability to put 6+1 writing traits in a story
- no major grammar or spelling errors
- no major missing details (all main questions should be discussed in the text like who, what, where, when, why and how)
- it should have a strong first sentence, good flow and a good ending
- it’s interesting
- it should use the writing elements we studied in class (e.g. complex sentences, complex sentences with one subject, sentences with prepositional phrases).
- proper presentation and organisation (paragraphs and margins)
Part 2 Edit Skill: Fix Wordy Sentences (10)
You are going to read some sentences which have good grammar but bad style. What’s wrong with these sentences? They have too many words.
Remember: good writing means you say your idea in the fewest number of words possible.
Click here and we will do these practice editing exercises in class.
Part 3: One Hundred Words (10)
This question tests your ability to write one complete idea – or story – in one paragraph. In order to answer this question well, you might need to spend a little time thinking about it.
Your story should have:
- one idea
- a subject that you choose
- interesting sentences
- sentence variety
- 100 words
- no errors
Click here to read one example of a 100 word story.