Thursday, May 29, 2014

What to expect on the midterm exam

I thought you might benefit from my own notes on what to include on Thursday's midterm exam. I won't say what exactly will or will not be on the exam, but here is the pool of material I'll be using to make the exam. Use it well.

benign, bode, copious, hierarchy, infanticide, libertarian, superficial

"Social Harmony"
"Excitement Deprives Children of Happiness"
"One Man, Many Wives, Big Problems"
"Cops Are Less Cautious Than Soldiers in Iraq"
"Why We Should Care About the Benghazi Scandal"
"Is Benghazi a Scandal?"
:"Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts"

Lecture material
Writing process--mine & Wordsmith's
Five points for reading critically
Avoiding fragments
Elements of an essay
Elements of a paragraph
"Class motto"
Nine steps to writing with clarity and style (lots of material here)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Assignments for Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Turn in final draft of comparison-contrast essay
  • Be ready to take midterm exam over all readings, vocabulary, and lecture material

Monday, May 19, 2014

Assignments for Thursday, May 22, 2014

The following work is due at the beginning of class Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Assignments for Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • Finish and be ready to turn in rewritten essay at beginning of class Thursday
  • Read and be prepared to take a quiz at beginning of class Thursday over Wordsmith, pages 1-17
  • Memorize the "class motto," and be prepared to write it, word-for-word, letter-for-letter, punctuation-for-punctuation, at the beginning of class.

"Class motto"

Accept it; you're all right a lot.

About your instructor

I'm honored to be your teacher this term. In case you're interested, you can find out more about me here:

Short essays
Full list of publications
Shorter list of publications

Once again, I look forward to working with you this term to help you improve your writing, reading, and thinking skills.


This weblog is for Lincoln College of Technology students in Milton Stanley's Composition 1 class. Be sure to check back here daily for important course information. Please keep in touch, both in-person and electronically. You can contact me electronically either through the comments section on this blog or by email. I look forward to working with you in the days ahead to help you enjoy a fruitful, rewarding, and enriching term.