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Academy Course Details

• You need to carefully read and review the assignment directions and resources.  

 

•Academy courses have 3-4 assignments each week. The GQ or Guiding Question is the weekly class discussion. The Reading is typically about the book for the class. The Choice or Quest is an activity meant to help you explore the weekly concept more deeply. The SWYK or Show What You Know is where you work on your project. There are also self reflection activities like the Interaction Portfolio or Student Reflection survey throughout the course that you typically have several weeks to complete.

 

• When you complete your work, the instructor will give you a Next Step (some times called a learning goal) that ranges from “novice” to “professional.” You can find these goals in your grade book (see link in the Administration Block on the right).

 

•The instructor will post assignments by Monday morning. Assignments are due the following Monday afternoon unless the instructor notifies you of a change.

Apostrophe

Definition: Apostrophe marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud.

Places to Practice

Quiz: Repairing Apostrophe Punctuation errors

Examples

I am = I'm you are = you're she is = she's it is = it's
do not = don't she would = she'd he would have = he would've
let us = let's who is = who's she will = she'll they had = they'd

 

 

 

 

Possessives

  • He wrote several novels during the 1930s.
  • There are fifteen PhDs on our faculty.
  • My sister and I have identical IQs.

How to Fix Punctuation Errors

  • Read through your work both outloud and quietly.
  • Have other people edit your work.
  • Use online programs, but keep in mind they will not always catch every mistake.

"Punctuation." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation>.

"The Apostrophe." The Apostrophe. Capital Community College Foundation,, n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2013.      <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/apostrophe.htm>.

ARCHITECTS

Architects: If you take this role, your job is to ask about how space or environment impacts the idea, story, or product. You might ask questions about the sustainability of the idea or the materials used. You might explore how the design/idea/book fits within the environment or culture that is was created in. You might ask questions about the longevity of the design or the goals of the client. You could ask about how the creator balanced competing demands like form and function.

B

BEYOND_THE_TEXT

Did you:

  • Correctly use key terms mentioned in the text?
  • Embed correctly cited evidence from the piece to support your logic?
  • Use facts from the piece to create reasoned judgments or next steps?
  • Highlight why you found the theme important/not important?
  • Highlight impacts and secondary impacts of the idea that are not mentioned in the piece?
  • Highlight how other texts validate or counter the ideas in the piece?
  • Highlight other connections and perspectives not mentioned in the piece?
  • Connect to other universal ideas or philosophies not mentioned in the piece?
  • Discuss underlining influences/assumptions/bias that the piece makes?
  • Discuss counter or supporting evidence found in other text?

C

Capitalization

Definition: Capitalization is the use of capital letters for something: to write or print something with capital letters or an initial capital letter. 

How to Fix Capitalization Issues

Places to Practice

Quiz: Repairing Capitalization Error

Examples:

You should always use a capital letter in the following situations:

Use a capital letter when you are writing the names of people, places, and words relating to them

  • Africa, African
  • Buddha, Buddhism
  • Shakespeare, Shakespearean

 Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence:

  • The museum has huge potential. It will be a great boost to the area and we are really excited about it.

Use a capital letter in the titles of books and other publications, films, organizations, special days, etc. In such cases, you need a capital letter for all the main words but not for the connecting words such as a, an, the, or, and, etc.:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Christmas Day
  • the Houses of Parliament.

If you’re using the first letter of the abbreviated words, every letter should be a capital, e.g.:

  • BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • USA (United States of America)
  • MP (Member of Parliament)

The letter I, when used as a pronoun referring to yourself must always be written as a capital letter.

  •  I am not happy.
  • Am I the first person here?
  •  Tell me what I have to do.

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"Exercise in Capitalization." Exercise in Capitalization. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/par_numberless_quiz.pl/caps_quiz.htm>.
 
"Using Capital Letters - Basic English, Lesson 8." Using Capital Letters - Basic English, Lesson 8. Mikie Metric Productions, 2012. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://www.say-it-in-english.com/BasicEnglish8.html>.
 
"Using Capital Letters." - Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press, 2013. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/using-capital-letters>.

Citing Sources

 

Definition: A citation, or reference, uniquely identifies a source: Citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which an article is based. In most cases citations appear in the form of footnotes, although they can also appear within the body of an article. 

When Citing Websites in your Informal Text (for example, Guiding Question Discussions and Forums): If you refer to a website, you must link the source clearly in the text of your paper.

Example: The Sea Turtle Restoration Project homepage presents a wealth of compelling, well-researched information on the struggle to save the world's sea turtles from extinction.

In this example, the URL, http://www.seaturtles.org, has been linked to the website title, shown in a highlighted color.


When Citing Websites in your Formal Text (for example, reading and writing assignments), please use MLA: To correctly cite sources using MLA, please refer to http://www.easybib.com/ or https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.  The three websites used in this helpful tip are cited in MLA format at the bottom of this entry.


Play Citation Games

http://library.williams.edu/citing/game/

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/wrcite1_book.html

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"EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014

"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.

"Wikipedia:Citing Sources." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.

 

 

CIVIL ENGINEERS & CITY PLANNERS

Civil Engineers & City Planners: If you take this role, your job is to ask questions about the how the science or math applies to societal problems. You might ask how the boundaries involved or how ideas/elements move throughout the system. You might ask about hurdles experience or missing data. You might ask about how different systems are connected. You could also ask about how the balance between how things stay the same vs. the rate of change happening in the system.

Comma Punctuation

Definition: Use commas

  1. To separate the elements in a series (three or more things)
  2. With a little conjunction (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so) to connect two independent clauses.
  3. To set off introductory elements, as in "Running toward third base, he suddenly realized how stupid he looked."
  4. To set off parenthetical elements.  By "parenthetical element," we mean a part of a sentence that can be removed without changing the essential meaning of that sentence.
  5. To separate coordinate adjectives. 
  6. To set off quoted elements.

Places to Practice

Quiz: Repairing Comma Punctuation errors

Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions (js)

Commas with Introductory Elements (js)

Commas: Fill-in-the-blanks (js)

Comma Usage (js)

Examples

  • Calhoun's ambition, to become a goalie in professional soccer, is within his reach.
  • Eleanor, his wife of thirty years, suddenly decided to open her own business.
  • The Red Sox were leading the league at the end of May, but of course, they always do well in the spring. [no comma after "but"]
  • The Yankees didn't do so well in the early going, but frankly, everyone expects them to win the season. [no comma after "but"]
  • The Tigers spent much of the season at the bottom of the league, and even though they picked up several promising rookies, they expect to be there again next year. [no comma after "and"
  • We visited Hartford, Connecticut, last summer.
  • Paris, France, is sometimes called "The City of Lights."
  • Hartford, Connecticut's investment in the insurance industry is well knownHeublein, a
  • Hartford, Connecticut-based company, is moving to another state
  • Summing up this argument, Peter Coveney writes, "The purpose and strength of the romantic image of the child had been above all to establish a relation between childhood and adult consciousness.""The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many things."
  • "I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "How do you sell them?"

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"Punctuation." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation>.

"Quiz on Commas." Quiz on Commas. Capital Community College Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/comma_quiz.htm>.

"Rules for Comma Usage." Rules for Comma Usage. Capital Community College Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2013. <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm>.

Course Details

Course Details

• You need to carefully read and review the assignment directions and resources.  

 

•The three assignments you need to complete each week are: 1) answer a Guiding Question in the discussion forum, 2) a Group Think activity, and 3) a Plan It activity. You will find weekly readings in either the Group Think activity or the Plan It activity.

 

• When you complete your work, the instructor will give you a Next Step (some times called a learning goal) that ranges from “novice” to “professional.” You can find these goals in your grade book (see link in the Administration Block on the right).

 

•The instructor will post assignments by Monday morning. Assignments are due the following Monday afternoon unless the instructor notifies you of a change.

Creative writing assignments

Genre to study: Creative Writing Creative wriitng is used when one wants to show rather than tell a story through their thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

Possible creative writing topics:

  • winning the lottery
  • your wedding day
  • welcoming a new member to your family

Important parts for a creative writing piece:

  • plot
  • characters (protagonist, antagonist)
  • theme
  • conflict, crisis, resolution
  • Showing rather than telling using figures of speech, dialogue, sentence variety, active verbs and using all five senses

Explore further: Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers

Credit:

Hale, Ali. "Creative Writing 101." Daily Writing Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. <http://www.dailywritingtips.com/creative-writing-101/>.

Kennedy, Kathy, and Dennis G. Jerz. "Jerz's Literacy Weblog." Jerzs Literacy Weblog. Word Press, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.  <http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative1/shortstory/>.


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