Monday, October 26, 2009


I did my best to contact everyone by email that I have to cancel classes Tuesday 10/27. I expect to be well enough to have class on Thursday. See you then.

Ms. Capra

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Individual Meetings

Reading, research, assignments due; responsibilities at home, hours working at a job, bills to pay. Result: Our lives are spent putting out fires: tending to only those responsibilities that have become the hot priority just as we've extinguished the last priority. Help has arrived.

This Thursday, October 29, I will be meeting with you during class to discuss how you're doing and what you can do to improve your situation.

Be sure to have questions prepared for me, so I an address any of your needs and concerns.

Don't let the picture below be a metaphor for your life!

How Clever Are You???

Welcome our Virtual Panda to the our site; quite a sight to see, isn't it?? Okay, I apologize for the corny line, but I had to get it out of me. Sound like a process of writing I've mentioned before? Sometimes you have to purge yourself of the words and thoughts that don't work and, that in this case, digress from the focus: our Panda!

So, how clever are you?? Come up with a great name for our Panda.

By the way, you might want to feed the l'il guy/gal while your at it. Click on "more" at the bottom of the screen and see what happens...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Chapter 6 and our latest assignment --
--Refer to notes from 10/22 entry --
Need new inspiration? You read O'Malley's piece on 165, discussed his techniques. Review the chapter.

Are you a good problem solver? Think about the problems you've encountered in your own life. Have your solutions worked out better for some than others? Why do you think it works out that way? Were you too tired and/or stressed to think clearly and just jumped in blindly? Did you need advice and fail to seek it? Did you get advice and fail to take it? We all do that sometimes.

As you work on your topic Proposing a Solution remember, as we discussed in class, find a need. Maybe a niche need-- an activity for which a person or thing is best fitted. Think close to home ....

Know your Audience
Be Decisive
Be certain of your purpose
Go ahead, take a virtual bike ride, or bake at the beach, but then it's off to thoughtful writing, research and the creation of a torrent of words that will sway your reader to your point of view!!

We've had discussions on Focus, Organization, and the Development needed to make any story of interest to the reader.

is the result of providing details and examples of the point you want to prove.

This is true whether you are writing a personal essay or a research paper. Following these guidelines will be a big help when writing anything.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ASSIGNMENT FOR TUESDAY Ootber 27. Next topic is to Create a Solution. Put thought and research to find a problem that we/you can create a workable solution.

Think about the words you see posted as you enter the drive at GCU: Justice, Service, Respect... These should inspire you.

IN class have a list of 4 -6 topics and focus statements that you can actually provide solutions.

October 22 In Class

Today we workded on improving the Persuasive essay.
- Is the thesis clear and STRONG?

- Have you provided support for each point that will prove your point.

- Don't only rely on putting your source information with a cite name and number page at the end.

Use variety of style: begin by introducing the source, the credentials, the source of the information you will be using; it easier to read. Don't forget to use the Citation Sandwich: Imperative

Hand in the revision of this essay for me to review and provide commentary.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 22 Class notes

Today we will also be reviewing draft 1 of the Persuasion essay.

Have you persuaded your reader to your position? How? Specifically, what it the
point/the focus of your argument?

Is you language persuasive without being aggressive or insulting?

Anyone behind schedule, meet with me.

Reminder: my email is

October 22 Class

Persuasion Essay. Draft 1 except for those students who will be handing in the outline.

October 22: In class we will be working on proofreading the draft, looking for point so organization and support. ARE YOU PERSUADING YOUR READER OF SOMETHING? WHAT?

Assignment for Tuesday will be posted later today.


Hello from Professor Capra
To all my EN111 Students

This is our new and communication hub. I will be leaving assignments, links to topics of interest, and provide a place for students to share comments.

Applause and, more seriously, suggestions are always welcome. This is YOUR education. Take part, use your voice, and together, we'll make this blog a service to all of us..