7a (parts 1, 2, and 3) Working with sentence structure to better convey your ideas

The following assignment requires different posts. Please remember to address your reader and sign your posts–something along the lines of “Hello Jack,” and “Take care, Sonya.” The following gives you an idea of the organization of the posts for 7a:

Part 1) You will start a discussion thread.

Part 2) For this part of the assignment you must REPLY to a classmate’s thread.

Part 3) You will reply to the response a classmate made to your work in your own thread from part 1

For this assignment there will only be on discussion thread per a student; please do not start new discussion threads. Thanks!

7a Part 1

Please review the material below (after I explain the three parts of this assignment) from Purdue University. After you have reviewed the material, select a topic (Yes, you get to pick the topic for this assignment.) and write three sentences—all in the same tense—on that topic: one simple, one compound, and one complex. Post them in the appropriate discussion Board thread. Do not label your own sentences as simple, complex, and compound.

Your sentences are due Tuesday by 11:59 PM

7a Part 2

You must respond to a classmate’s sentences, someone who has not yet had a response, by noting which sentences you think are simple, compound, and complex. Additionally, write a brief paragraph in which you use all three sentences and add sentences of your own; be sure to write the paragraph in one tense. Have fun with this assignment.

Your labeling your classmates’ sentences and your separate paragraph are due by Wednesday at 11:59. Please do not label the sentences when you write the paragraph.

7a Part 3

You need to respond to your classmates labeling of your sentences. Let your classmate know if she or he correctly labeled them and write one more paragraph that develops the idea(s) in the paragraph your classmate wrote using your sentences. You are writing a new paragraph much as one does when writing paragraphs for an essay. Think about how you can make a transition at the start of your paragraph so that your paragraph connects to the paragraph your classmate wrote with your sentences. Paragraph transitions help readers understand the connections between the ideas within different paragraphs.

Your response to your classmate’s labeling of your sentences and the additional paragraph are due by 11:59 PM Firday.

The following explanation on sentence types comes from the Purdue Owl:

This resource was written by Purdue OWL.

Last full revision by Ryan Weber.

Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 27th 2008 at 1:15PM

Sentence Types

Structurally, English sentences can be classified four different ways [I omitted the fourth way because we are not working with it], though there are endless constructions of each. The classifications are based on the number of independent and dependent clauses a sentence contains. An independent clause forms a complete sentence on its own, while a dependent clause needs another clause to make a complete sentence. By learning these types, writers can add complexity and variation to their sentences.

Simple sentence: A sentence with one independent clause and no dependent clauses.

My aunt enjoyed taking the hayride with you.

China’s Han Dynasty marked an official recognition of Confucianism.

Compound Sentence: A sentence with multiple independent clauses but no dependent clauses.

The clown frightened the little girl, and she ran off screaming when she saw it.

The Freedom Riders departed on May 4, 1961, and they were determined to travel through many southern states.

Complex Sentence: A sentence with one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. [For this assignment, you must have the dependent clause at the start of the sentence.]

After Mary added up all the sales, she discovered that the lemonade stand was 32 cents short

While all of his paintings are fascinating, Hieronymus Bosch’s triptychs, full of mayhem and madness, are the real highlight of his art.

Please notice Material for 7a part 2&3 will be provided after part 1 is completed


***Must be on Time***

-7a Part 1 Due Tuesday before 11:45pm

-7a Part 2 Due Wednesday before 11:45pm

-7a Part 3 Due Friday before 11:45pm

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