COURSERA – Effective Writer – Journal Writing

Contents:

Week 2-1

Week 3-1

Week 4-1

Week 5-1

Week 2-2

Week 3-2

Week 4-2

 

 

 

Week 5 Writing Activities:



Week 5 Module 1 – Final Paragraph)    |   _Top_

 

Choose one of the following four topics to write your final paragraph about:

  1. Discuss at least four (4) short term and/or long term effects that finishing Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade will have upon you personally, academically, and/or professionally.
  2. Identify and describe a favorite activity or interest and provide at least four reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.
  3. Identify and describe at least three (3) ways a person, male and/or female, is recognized as an adult in your culture.
  4. Identify and describe a traditional ethnic food from your culture. Provide at least four reasons why this food has remained an essential, primary food in your culture. While you may include the recipe, this topic asks you to discuss the importance of the food in your culture.

 

Pick one of the four topics listed in the Week 5 writing assignment and choose the topic that most appeals to you for your final, peer reviewed paragraph. Once you’ve made your choice, start with the first step of the writing process, inventing, and try a few of the methods to develop your ideas.  If you find that the topic does not seem to be working, try developing another topic. Once you’ve developed some good ideas for your paragraph, move to the second step, organizing, and construct an outline that you can use for drafting your paragraph.

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Week 4 Writing Activities:



Week 4 Module 2 – Noun and Verb Phrases (Disadvantages)    |   _Top_

In your journal, discuss any disadvantages to the place where you live and continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Just about the only major disadvantage of our place is that we pay a bit higher than normal monthly rent for all the advantages we’re enjoying but we find it all worthwhile and we look forward staying for few more years at least, until such time that we can move to our very own dream home.  Another disadvantage is that we’ve to pay for rent instead of paying for mortgage instead, wherein at the end of the day, we’ll be paying for the place we’ll own instead of paying for rental expenses that won’t give us ownership.  Our location is actually a bit of an inconvenience being away from the city where most of the jobs are; therefore, I’ve to travel like 5 hours a day just to get to and from school.

 


Week 4 Module 1 – Adjective and Adverbial Clauses (Advantages)     |   _Top_

In your writing journal, you will begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. For this journal entry, discuss some of the advantages of the place where you live. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

One of the advantage of living in our apartment is that it is well kept because its maintenance need is acted upon promptly by the management; simply fill-up a form and either drop it at their designated drop-box or submit personally at their office. 

Another advantage is our location where we’re close to just about all the daily necessities of life, walking distance from bus terminal, supermarket, mall, library, church, school and park. 

Yet another advantage is the security in our area, having a gated community with security guards watching over our place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  While our neighboring housing complex have been rubbed of their huge brass signage in plain daylight, none of such heist happened in our place due to security personnel and surveillance cameras posted in strategic places.

 



Week 3 Writing Activities:


Week 3 Module 2 – Continued Interacting    |   _Top_

In your journal, continue your observations of the scene observed in journal 1.  Note several vivid action verbs that you have already used. Revise some of your sentences using action verbs and/or write 2-3 new sentences with action verbs. Try not to use any of the forms of “to be” (is, are, was, etc.).  Underline the action verbs in your sentences. Again, you will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the peer reviewed writing at the end of the unit.

At the public transportation terminal, we usually stand in queue for our bus at its designated waiting area, around 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival.

As the bus arrives, people jockey for position to be the first to get in the bus.

When I’m the first in line, I move myself into a safe distance from the bus as it stops to unload and pickup passengers because its huge side mirror that’s protruding diagonally from the front side, could hit people standing too close.  

We step into the bus only through its front door in this terminal and most of the times, in an orderly manner, only in rare cases we encounter trouble due to people cutting the line. 

As the bus door opens, we have to let its passengers walk out first, which we sometimes forget, thereby giving us difficulties both getting on and off the bus. 

Normally in such case, the driver would tell passengers to get out first, before letting in anybody.

The rule though is that the outgoing passengers should use the back door, although that doesn’t apply to people on wheelchair or those with strollers as they can only get off from the front door, which would be more convenient especially when the driver lowers the bus with its pneumatic controller.

As passengers rush into the bus, they show the driver their valid pass, which is either their  transfer ticket, their card tapped at the card reader inside the bus making the “go” signal button glow, cash paid by dropping it in the fare box or valid monthly or weekly pass. 

Most of the time we greet the driver as we board the bus and show our passes, walking to our seat after we see their nod of approval. 

Once all the passengers are safely inside the bus and it is already on its scheduled time, the driver will then slowly maneuver the bus out of its waiting area and drive into the streets to its destination.

 


Week 3 Module 1 – Interacting    |   _Top_

Observe a scene where people are interacting.  You might choose a restaurant or a shopping mall.  Sporting events and parks are also good places to observe people. Write 5-6 sentences describing this scene and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3.  You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

 

At the public transportation terminal, we usually stand in queue for our bus at its designated waiting area, around 10 minutes before its scheduled arrival.

When I’m the first in line, I give myself a safe distance from the bus as it stops to unload and pickup passengers because its huge side mirror that’s protruding diagonally from the front side, could hit people standing too close.

As the bus opens its door, we have to let its passengers inside get off first, which we sometimes forget, thereby giving us inconvenience in both getting on and off.

Normally in such case, the driver would send all passengers out first, before they let in anybody.

As we get into the bus, passengers has to show the driver their valid pass, which is either their  transfer ticket, their card tapped at the card reader inside the bus showing “go” signal light, pay cash by dropping it in the designated fare box or show valid monthly or weekly passes. 

Most of the time we greet the driver as we get in and show our passes, going to our seat after we see their nod of approval.

 

 

 



Week 2 Writing Activities:

In your journal, write down a list of at least five to ten nouns and five to ten adjectives as you observe a scene at home, work, or in your community.


Week 2 Module 2 – Verbs and Adverbs    |   _Top_

Verbs

  1. Cook
  2. Wash
  3. Walk
  4. Type
  5. Load
  6. Print

 

Adverbs

  1. Daily
  2. Fast
  3. Quickly
  4. Slowly
  5. Accurately
  6. Seldom

Week 2 Module 01 – Nouns and Adjectives   |   _Top_

Nouns:

  1. Sunset
  2. Trees
  3. Clouds
  4. Parking
  5. Elevator
  6. Road
  7. Bus
  8. Printer

 

Adjectives:

  1. High-rise
  2. Clear
  3. Secured
  4. Clean
  5. Colorful
  6. Reliable
  7. Friendly
  8. Wireless

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5 thoughts on “COURSERA – Effective Writer – Journal Writing

  1. san says:

    hi , richard , i hope u can help me , its nice to see your journal , but i am extremely confused what to write for the assignment , its mentioned to write a description , so should it be a paragraph description ? the task in journal 1 and 2 mentions to write sentences , so my tasks for it were in randomly associated sentences , and not a description like yours , so , how is it possible to join randomly constructed sentences m with no association to each other and make it into a comibined description of atleast 8 sentences , as it has been asked in teh assignement

    • My understanding of the assignments is that we’ve to write about our observation of a scene of our choice.
      I maintained the same scene in all my Week 3 assignments, hence I focused on different requirements of each stage.
      Stage 1 is like 5-6 sentences of the scene, Stage 2 is adding 2-3 sentences.
      Finally, the Stage 3 is the writing that should be done within Coursera, the graded one.
      The secret is to maintain a single scene and just keep adding the required verbs to comply with requirements.

      It would be tough to join random sentences, you have to maintain a single scene.
      You can still update sentences so no worries.
      Actually, you can just update the lone writing assignment, use active verb, active voice and 8 sentences and that’s it!

      Hope that helps, would have been better if raised in our discussion forum.

      • san says:

        thanks for the reply.
        i am also glad that they have increased the number of attempts to one more time , so that those with lower scores can improve their scores

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