Writing II – An Introduction
Dr. Ron Martinez
Universidade Federal do Paraná
• Get to know each other
• Get to know the course
• Talk about features of quality writing
• Examine real cases
Discuss: What makes good writing?
• Perfect grammar?
• Sophisticated vocabulary?
What do you need for this course?
• Access to the internet
• Vocabulary notebook
How will you be evaluated?
• “Portfolio” assessment
• Checklist of items comprising 50% of total
• Midterm essay (15%)
• Final essay (30%)
• Participation (including, for example,
vocabulary notebook) (5%)
• Will be collected from time to time, and will
be checked regularly for updating
• If you do not have one of your own, I can
supply one for you
Oral article summaries
• Main purpose: vocabulary development
• Why “oral”?
• Usually short (about 5 minutes)
• Usually once a week
• Often tied to a common theme
• Regular (usually) short writings, posted on
your individual student blogs
• Generally speaking, assignments will be due
Over to you!
• Introduce yourselves
• Take online quiz
Homework for Friday
• Download worksheet online:
• Give a score to the four paragraphs.
• Print and bring to class Friday.
• Exchange emails with a classmate (preferably
one you did not know already before today’s
• In an email to that person, write a paragraph
on the following topic: “Something I am proud
• Copy me in the email:
Something I am proud of
There are many things I am proud of in life (and
probably just as many things I am not so proud of),
but one I am especially proud of is how I got to
become a professor of English. It all started when I
was in my early twenties, when I was working for my
father at his car repair business. At that time, I did
not know what career path I wanted to follow, but
certainly “teacher” was not among those in my short
list. However, one day…