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Welcome to KU121: Introduction to Writing Skills & Strategies. Prof. Brian Koster Unit 3 Seminar. Welcome!. Any questions from Unit 1 or Unit 2?. Discovery and Pre-Writing.
Prof. Brian Koster
Unit 3 Seminar
The writing process - The step-by-step process anyone can follow in order to complete a writing assignment, whether it's for a class or a workplace project.
The first step is to choose a topic. You need to determine what you will be writing about (think about the main idea).
The topic sentence provides the main idea of the paragraph. It can also provide transitions between paragraphs.
Pre-writing allows you to organize your thoughts before you begin to write.
There are a few types of pre-writing.
When you free write, you take a few minutes to write about your topic. Don’t worry about topic sentences, correct format, etc. You are just working on getting details that you will use in your paragraphs.
The next step is to develop an outline. The outline is like a skeleton of your essay. You will come up with the order of paragraphs, but you will not yet write the paragraphs.
The order of paragraphs can always change—your outline is not set in stone.
The early draft is when you bring your brainstorming and outline together. This is the first essay that you write. You will write everything, then edit and rearrange it to develop….
…the final draft. The final draft will have correct spelling, grammar, and format. This is the final project that will be turned in for a grade.
Your early draft will be revised and edited to become your final draft.
What makes a good science fiction TV Show?
Science fiction television seems to ebb and flow in popularity but the best shows are the ones that have all the elements yet leave the audience wanting more. What makes a good sci fi show? Look at the ones that work – the original Trek, ST NG, Babylon 5 (the Boxleitner Years), Forever Knight (cult hit if not a ratings one), Highlander the Series (is Duncan versus Connor EVEN a debate??), Buffy, Angel, Charmed (the Rose McGowan years – Prue was too much the center), the newer version of Battlestar Galactica (a case study in what works compared to the original which NEVER worked), Lifetimes vampire series Blood Ties, Moonlight on CBS – newer shows that are WORKING and developing; Shows have the flawed hero (Angel, Nick Knight, Mick St. John all drink BLOOD; Duncan MacCleod and Buffy kill to live; Picard is emotionally distant; the Halliwells all have issues;) What about sources of conflict – not just the typical big bad but internal conflict as well;
3. Babylon 5,
4. Forever Knight,
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
7. Highlander: The Series,
9. Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi version),
10. Blood Ties,
II. Flawed Heroes and Heroines
3. Sheridan (B5)
4. Nick Knight
7. Duncan MacCleod
8. Piper, Prue, Pheobe, Paige,
9. Lee Adama; Kira Thrace; Adama; Roslin
10. Vicky Nelson
11. Mick St. John
Brainstorming is the easiest and most straightforward method of pre-writing.
Just take 15 minutes and write about your topic. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar; just worry about developing as many details as you can about your topic.
Your final project isn’t due until Unit 9, but we will be working on it one step at a time.
The first step, pre-writing, will be done in Unit 3.
A template is available in DocSharing to help you format your project correctly.
Remember, you MUST have MICROSOFT WORD in order to complete and submit your projects.
Unit 3 Project
The following assignments are due by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday: