I Write the Class: Questionnaire for the Beginning of a Composition Class

I Write the Class:

Questionnaire for the Beginning of a Composition Class

Name:
College Email:
Alternate Email:
Major (or possible major):
Dream job:
Interests:

1. What kinds of texts do you like to read and why? (Be specific about forms, for example status updates on social networks, comic books, or scientific articles, as well as genres, such as science fiction, mystery or autobiography.)

2. What do you like and dislike about writing?

3. What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses in writing?

4. Anything I should know about you that would help me to be a better teacher for you?

5. How interested are you in studying each of these writing approaches, techniques and skills this semester? (1 means not interested and 5 means very interested.)

Coming up with ideas: 1  2  3  4  5
Generating material: 1  2  3  4  5
Doing research: 1  2  3  4  5
Evaluating sources: 1  2  3  4  5
Integrating quotes: 1  2  3  4  5
Using examples: 1  2  3  4  5
Citations and works cited pages: 1  2  3  4  5
Patterns of development (Definition, Classification, Illustration, Comparison / Contrast, Cause / Effect, Process Analysis): 1  2  3  4  5
Argumentation and persuasion: 1  2  3  4  5
Organization: 1  2  3  4  5
Thesis statements: 1  2  3  4  5
Topic sentences: 1  2  3  4  5
Connecting words: 1  2  3  4  5
Linking paragraphs: 1  2  3  4  5
Tone: 1  2  3  4  5
Register (level of formality): 1  2  3  4  5
Point of view: 1  2  3  4  5
Voice: 1  2  3  4  5
Revising: 1  2  3  4  5
Proofreading: 1  2  3  4  5
Introductions: 1  2  3  4  5
Conclusions: 1  2  3  4  5
Other: __________________________: 1  2  3  4  5
Other: __________________________: 1  2  3  4  5

6. How interested are you in studying the following mechanical aspects of writing?

Sentence focus (starting a sentence with a strong subject): 1  2  3  4  5Subject – verb agreement (The group of gnomes, trolls and pixies was –): 1  2  3  4  5
Consistent verb tenses: 1  2  3  4  5
Choosing active verbs: 1  2  3  4  5
Parallelism (making a list grammatically similar: “eating sandwiches, playing pinochle, and thinking about Armageddon”): 1  2  3  4  5
Noun-phrase appositives (explaining a noun with more information: “I really like honest politicians, the ones who really tell you what they are thinking.”): 1  2  3  4  5
Sentence variety: 1  2  3  4  5
Punctuation: commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, etc.: 1  2  3  4  5
Homonyms (words that sound alike, such as their, there and they’re): 1  2  3  4  5
Articles (a, an, the): 1  2  3  4  5
Prepositions (to, with, regarding, etc.): 1  2  3  4  5
Word order: 1  2  3  4  5
Vocabulary: 1  2  3  4  5
Other: __________________________: 1  2  3  4  5

Other: __________________________: 1  2  3  4  5

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