Please use Google for your research. (Be sure to click WWW for searches beyond this site.)
There are two important things you need to do to send in the writing assignments--
- The first is to become familiar with how to get to your assignments page. Click on Assignments on the WebCT homepage for HUM 210 and then use the Practice Assignment to, well, practice sending in assignments.
- The second thing you need to do in order to successfully send in your assignments is to remember to save your assignment as .rtf and to name it correctly.
Here is how to save your file as an .rtf file.
- Once you have written your paper, click on "File" then click on "Save As." This gives you your File dialogue box. Click on the "Files of (or Save as) Type" down arrow. This gives you a drop down box with a list of all the different file types your word processor can use. Find the Rich Text Format (.rtf) label and click on it. That will change your File Type to .rtf .
- Next, use your name to label the file. In the "File name" box, delete the name that is there and replace it with your name and the number of the assignment-- krism1 or murrayk2, for example. I will not read any papers without this kind of file name.
NOTE--Your Midterm and Final papers especially need to be saved as .rtf so that any formatting you use will be saved.
Style(s) for Writing Assignments
All writing assignments will be done in a formal style. This means that you will pay attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and clarity and meaningfulness. If you are not sure what all this means, then you should check out the sites listed below. They are online writing centers with guidelines, examples, and tutorials to help students acquire the skills needed to produce formal academic papers.
Formal writing also means that you give credit to the sources that you use when doing research (the Midterm and Final require you to do research). This is a course in the humanities, therefore, we will be using the MLA style for our in-text citations and Works Cited page.
ANY PLAGIARIZING, of any kind, WILL RESULT IN AN F.
If you are not sure how to avoid plagiarizing (or why you should), or if you feel you need some brushing up, I strongly suggest you check these web sites out--
Also check the sites listed below for guidance with the MLA style of citing sources.
Becoming a Better Writer
Another way of becoming a better writer is to read examples of good writing. Many of the sites you visit will have textual information which are good examples of formal writing. There are also links below to examples of formal writing which I find extremely good. Even though the Unit 1-3 and 5-7 assignments are shorter than the Midterm and Final, I still expect good writing and attention to detail.
The "writing" that you do over email and the Agora will be, of course, informal--that is, more prone to spelling and punctuation errors. This is OK. No one writes well under these circumstances so don't feel pressured. In fact, no one writes well even when they first begin to put a formal paper together. The two best tips I can give you are--
- Read your work out loud to yourself- I guarantee you will catch many of the grammatical and punctuation errors that you miss when you read it silently.
- Have a friend read the paper. Or several friends (make it a party!). All good writers have editors just for this purpose. Writing really is a collaboration. In fact, why not trade papers with your fellow HUM 210ers and help each other out?
Here is an essay by Wayne Booth on what should be taught in school. It is a good example of a well written essay which still retains a sense of conversational tone-