Time on Task

  • Wants us to take the complete time to do what is assigned to us.
  • Re-arrange paragraphs
  1. Invention- What do I say?
  2. Arrangement- Thinking through how to say what I want and so that the audience will understand me.
  3. Style
  4. Delivery
  • Not product driven, but time on task/ quality driven.
  • Looking for the process
  • Re-arrange things- Play with language.
  • Think about fonts, bullet points, and organization in note taking.
  • Font is times new roman for MLA format.

Friday’s Assignment 

  • Bring “Writing About Writing” to meet with assigned group from last Friday- Group 1.
  • Read aloud pages 1-11, take turns, read straight through, if someone is struggling, be patient.
  • After we’ve read it straight through the first time, read it again in a different order, slow and deliberate, making notes in the margins, highlight, and interact with the text.
  • Then go back and decide which paragraph the group will study, become an expert, and fully understand the paragraph.
  • Maybe rewrite the sentences a couple times to understand better.


  • We struggle with reading because we assume that it is something that we should already know how to do.
  • Break a sentence down, see it’s elements, and put it back together in a new way.
  • Learn how to take a paragraph apart and comprehend it.
  • When we don’t understand a word and just go over it in our reading it can make our minds completely tone out from what we’re reading and not comprehend any of what we’ve read.
  • That is the point of resistance in our learning.
  • Work to understand the words.

Microsoft Readability

  • Eliminates passive sentences
  • Open document- file- options- proof- check readability- statistics- save.
  • Fear factor in reading aloud
  • The biggest areas of resistance to learning is shyness and standing out.

National Council for the Teachers of English

  • Search students rights to their own language- paragraph statement with 70 pages of supporting evidence.
  • There are no standards for english
  • Everyone has different dialects.
  • Language can open and close doors.
  • Everyone has their own language and interpretation of language.
  • We want to be able to gain knowledge to be able to communicate and understand others.
  • Rhetoric- Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.
  • Discipline helps you to think through in every situation there is an audience.
  • We must adapt to different audiences.
  • Constraint: affects our message and how we deliver it.

Tonights Assignment

  • Spend an hour and a half
  • Type up todays notes
  • Reflect on those notes in a short essay.


Reflection on todays notes:

Today we discussed in detail what exactly time on task is and why Bill assigns us a time limit on homework instead of just giving out the assignment. We are given this assigned amount of time so that we will not rush and we will re arrange our work and really think about sentence structure and word choice. We talked about how language is not the same for everyone and it can be something that puts distance in your communication with another person. We have to adjust ourselves to accommodate others, that is what we should do when gaining knowledge.

In class I really appreciate the way that Bill goes into depth when giving out assignments and our time on task when we don’t meet the traditional way with the rest of the class. It eliminates any confusions or left out information. This way we know exactly what is expected out of us and therefore we can strive as scholars in this class.

On Friday we have been assigned time on task instead of the traditional class setting. We are going to read out of our writing about writing textbook, and we’ll be reading 11 pages together in our groups from last week. This assignment could be intimidating because a lot of people struggle with reading and are intimidated by what others will think, so they rarely read aloud and don’t always comprehend it. We never really learned how to read and comprehend because we’ve always been given a lot to read and to read it really quickly.

So as Bill said we as scholars need to work with one another to develop confidence and better comprehension skills when we are reading. We need to slow down when reading and pick out the words we don’t understand. Therefore understanding and taking the time out to define and understand words in the authors context is essential to fully understanding and comprehending what we are reading.

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