College Composition II
UNIT 9 Seminar
Professor Jackie Smith Lance
General Education, Composition
Unit 9 Learning Activities
• The Kaplan Guide to Successful Writing, ch. 17
• Review the website for Food, Inc.
• Review a selected chapter related to a common writing error in William Strunk, Jr.’s Elements of Style, available
Describe a common editing concern you have (passive voice, apostrophes, commas, fragments) and how the chapter
you selected from Bartleby.com helped clarify any questions you had.
Discuss any other challenges you face as you revise and edit your draft this week and prepare the multi-modal
component of your final project.
Respond to two classmates. Note resources that might help your classmate address the challenges mentioned in the post
and mention any questions you still have about your classmate’s big idea.
Post a blog entry this week. You might describe any “a-ha” moments you are having as you complete your final project!
• Seminar--review guidelines for the final project and address questions about the multi-modal portion of the
assignment. We will also discuss Food, Inc. and how the simple questions posed by writers like Michael Pollan and
Eric Schlosser launched a food revolution in America.
Final project—5-7 page revision of paper and multi-modal presentation of Big idea
components of your PORTFOLIO
• Final project—5-7 page revision of paper
drafted in unit 6
• Letter to the Editor
• multi-modal presentation of Big Idea
• Reflection piece
• REVIEW RUBRICS FOR FINAL
Guidelines for Revised Essay
Final Draft must be a SUBSTANTIAL
revision of the draft you wrote in unit 6.
Arguments should be defended-remember
that the goal in persuasion is to convince
your audience of the value of your
Consider and respond to counter arguments
Aim for strong, clear, readable sentences.
Guidelines for Multi-Modal
The audience for this presentation of your
ideas is WIDER than the audience of your
How will this affect the presentation of
You will also write a reflection piece that answers the
following questions in paragraph form:
• What did you learn about yourself as a writer? As a
• What did you learn about the process of writing?
• What skills did you develop that might help you in the
• What did you take from the larger conversation with
• How did your feedback from peers and your instructor
affect the revision of your blueprint, letter to the editor,
What about YOUR presentation?
• What is your plan?
• What is your purpose?
• What format will you use to convey information?
• How will FORMAT affect the way you present
• How will your audience affect the way you
present your information?
Share your plans for the final project. Offer your
Analyze the audience and purpose of this
presentation of information.
What are the purpose and how is it accomplished?
How is the audience addressed?
How does the METHOD of presentation affect how
this information is given to the audience?
Let’s open the seminar up to any questions
you may have about the final project
Remember that there is NO seminar in unit