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Being a chemist. Oops, science is POWERFUL!

ENGL 390, 390H, and (sometimes) 398V  Class Journal

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Peer review + that/which distinction

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Rewrite of rain garden memo

Due on Monday, February 27th.

You will need to add these tasks, to my marks and comments in class:

  • remove all empty subjects (it, there)
  • remove all its
  • Divide the evaluation paragraph into two (as per Jane's comment)
  • Curate two examples (links, with description)

 

 Discussion guide in class here, for rain garden revision.

 

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Today: paragraphs, binding

by citation strateges and claim-support pattern.

First, would you like another Allen Davis piece?  This 2009 study offered by T.B. 

Second, how about some language conventions.  We will use animals to teach/underscore the principle.

What is an appositive? A bit of information you insert in between the subject and the verb.  You need commas or other sorts of punctuation to set this off.  This image of bunny paws can help you remember to do this:

Hey!  Is this bunny item related to the Lego Principle?  Discuss quietly amongst yourselves.

Alot v. A lot: spelling moment: the abomination of alot. alot is not a word.  Let's see what this blogger says about remembering to use a lot and not alot(click into image to access her website).

Now, to this bit of charm from former student N.N. Ta DAH!

 

 Ok. binding a paragraph. In the illustrating paragraph, bind by counting. In this case, you have two sections, of abiotic and biotic components.  Does order matter?  Plants first?  Layers first?  What do you think? Also, what is a good pivot -- transition -- between the two sections?  Try these "free" phrases:

the engineered garden layers work with the carefully selected plants to stabilize the ponding

plant roots help further anchor the soil layers

within the layers are microbes -- associated with both the soil and plant roots -- also helpful in bioretention

 

Now, the evaluation paragraph:  we will make two related claims in the paragraph: that rain gardens/bioretention technology works (cite a Davis study for evidence) and that low impact development techniques cost less than traditional storm drain piping (support with evidence). 

For Wednesday, bring your memo to class for peer review and last-day consultation with me.  Here is a checklist to work through

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BvxfwSWGad1kHbLPtQBHbN0wQvsvJDcLGsZvyt-8RBc/edit#gid=0

Due FRIDAY IN HARD COPY DOUBLE-SPACED AND STAPED FOR A GRADE.

 

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 07:19AM by Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea | CommentsPost a Comment

Oxford comma 

To my parents, Ayn Rand and God.

To my parents, J.K. Rowling and God.

To my parents, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.

OR

In a newspaper account of a documentary about Merle Haggard:

Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.

These two preceding examples are from Theresa HaydenHere is another doosie that cries out for a serial or Oxford comma.

 Here is another doosie that cries out for a serial or Oxford comma.

The Times once published an unintentionally humorous description of a Peter Ustinov documentary, noting that

"highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector."

Now, to be clear, the serial comma does not always solve ambiguity problems:

They went to Oregon with Betty, a maid and a cook –

  • They went to Oregon with Betty, who was a maid and a cook. (One person)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty, both a maid and a cook. (One person)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty, a maid and cook. (One person)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty (a maid) and a cook. (Two people)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty, a maid, and with a cook. (Two people)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty – a maid – and a cook. (Two people)
  • They went to Oregon with the maid Betty and a cook. (Two people)
  • They went to Oregon with a cook and Betty, a maid. (Two people)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty as well as a maid and a cook. (Three people)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty and a maid and a cook. (Three people)
  • They went to Oregon with Betty, one maid and a cook. (Three people)
  • They went to Oregon with a maid, a cook, and Betty. (Three people)

We can also look at the grocery list problem: 

buying  bread, jam, coffee, cream, juice, eggs, and bacon. VS

eating toast and jam, coffee and cream, juice, and bacon and eggs

Finally, we have a theme song to remember this punctuation convention. 

And, this from S.C.

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/fo5d9i/the-colbert-report-vampire-weekend

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Structure for definition memo

Define rain gardens (definition paragraph that is simple -- previews form and function)

Illustrate what the rain garden looks like; how the technology works (ellaborated definition)

  •  storm water problem
  • bioretention solution (in part)

Categorize rain gardens as a kind of low impact development (categorizing paragraph places knowledge within the discipline and hierarchy)

  • who, when, where
  • low impact development replaces or is adjunct to traditional piped stormwater system

 Document the effectiveness of rain gardens (evaluation paragraph -- good or bad?)

  • do they work?  Yes.  Use Davis as evidence
  • are they cost effective?  Yes, use one statement (here you make a claim and support with one piece of evidence

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Source documents for you:

EPA Case study (missing some links!)

UMD Davis, et al study

Bioretention Manual of Prince George,s Country, MD

Low Impact Development Organization (Trustworking advocacy group)

Need more information?  Poke around this Scoop It exhibit.

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