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Week 2: day 2

Rethinking your rain garden memo (due on Thursday FOR A GRADE: Checklist here) 

  • cognitive wedge
  • paragraphs that unveil the extended definition (partial use of the stases steps)

Here is an arrangement for your memo.

Polite first person opening

  • Para 1: Definition (what is a rain garden, briefly, by two functions)
  • Para 2Classifying (what type of technology is this? Hint: low impact development and storm water management)
  • Para 3: Description (Illustrative; give detail on the layers of soil and the type of plants)
    • include two examples; consider the ones on campus (separate para; incorporated into one of the paras -- your choice)
  • Para 4: Evaluation (is this good or bad?  Use Dr. Davis' research as you do not have authority to evaluate based on your expertise)

Polite first person closing with offer to help (content you like but did not include?)

I would think you need about one source per paras 2, 3, 4  Use (author, date) citation from APA guidelines. Include a works cited page also.


and style.  Short paragraphs are evidence that you, the writer, does the heavy lifting for the reader. Why? Please consider paragraphing as an ethical duty to your reader.  At the very least, think about manners and consideration.


Here is an exercise in sentence-to-sentence coherence.  Work your way through this web exhibit, including the links. Read more about working on paragraph coherence strategies at OWL.


For some fun, as we all head into the hell of May:" Elements"!








Now, some sentences you can use at the beginning of your paragraphs:

Let's look at examples of topic sentences useful in the rain garden memo:

Rain gardens, or bioretention ponds, are a kind of low impact development.  Low impact development....

Rain gardens have two components:  layers of percolation material and carefully chosen plants.

Rain gardens protect the local environment by absorbing water run-off from impervious surfaces and by sequestering pollutants.

Dr. Allen Davis studies rain garden effectiveness.  Davis, a civil engineering professor, has been studying bioretention for more than twenty years.


Some grammar helps:

Some grammaer/language conventions:

What is an appositive? Friday bits and ends

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:

Alot v. A lot: Grammar 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 N.N. Ta DAH!


Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 08:18AM by Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea | CommentsPost a Comment

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