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ESL Writing 5


Camden County College

Spring 2010 Semester

Blackwood Campus



  Breaking News from Your Professor!

I have posted grades on a new page.



   The Writing 5 Mantra: 

  "Complex Ideas, Clearly Expressed"


Essay Assignment

  No New Essay Assignment

 Reading Assignment 

   One Last Wiki Assignment (Required)

Instead of class meeting Wednesday

Today, we met for the last time as a class. My other college conflicts prohibit me from meeting you on Wednesday, May 05. Instead, I'm requiring you to participate in one last wiki assignment..



Homework Assignment 

     Nothing new



Nothing new.






Professor David Hodges



ESL Department Blackwood



Jefferson 218



(856) 854-8385 Home Office



(856) 979-6653 Cell Phone







Mon/Wed 10:30AM-11:45AM



Wilson West 204


Office Hrs

Mon/Wed 12 Noon-1:00 PM







Reading Exercises Chart

Not just the current reading, but links to the entire reading series.

Click on the overburdened student






I'm a Wiki Virgin!

Is this your first visit? Need help activating your account or navigating pages?

Click on the students who know their way around.






Essay Assignments Chart

Not just the current essay assignment, but links to the entire essay series, including sample essays to guide your writing.

Click on the overflowing wastebasket.






Student to Student Page!

You'll be free from Professor involvement at the Students Only Page. Drop by to leave a comment for the class. Share links. Whatever you like. The page is yours to use.

Click on the students.







Say it Loud: We are Five!

Just a place to collect and share your favorite fives. 



Comments (Show all 56)

Maria Aznar said

at 8:48 am on Jan 28, 2010

Hello! I think we are going to learn while have fun during this course, WIKI SPACE really good idea!! congratulations Professor Hodges.

fatimazahra said

at 11:21 pm on Jan 30, 2010

hello 5,I'm happy that we have Mr.hodges .I 'm sure that we will learn a lot of from him in this 15 weeks .good luck

David Hodges said

at 1:21 pm on Feb 5, 2010

So, how do you like you snazzy new logo, 5?

Maria Aznar said

at 1:47 pm on Feb 5, 2010

COOL !! Is it a kind subliminal message? I never exceed the speed set, so first I need to finish writing 5, and after that I'll proceed on Composition I. :)

David Hodges said

at 1:54 pm on Feb 5, 2010

That's funny, Maria! No, it's not a speed limit. Signs with this shape and color combination are used to identify highways. So I guess you could say we're all speeding down Highway 5, heading toward Composition Class! There's no speed limit. Get there as fast as you can !!!!!!!!!!! :)

Maria Aznar said

at 4:05 pm on Feb 5, 2010

Yes! you are right... I don't know how I'm surviving in this country :)

venkatesh said

at 11:31 pm on Feb 5, 2010

Great Prof.Hodges - for both, the new sign for Writing V Class, also for your pics- you are really an amazing photographer-to capture all your funny moments in your life. Also, the Sign for Writing V - symbolic as a Road sign - will help to guide us all, along our way to reach Our destination/Goal- learning English.

David Hodges said

at 10:04 am on Feb 6, 2010

Thanks, Venkatesh. What you say about the road sign as a symbol is very clever. I can't take credit for the photographs, though. I grabbed them from the internet because they seemed appropriate.

However, you've given me an excellent idea. I should take pictures of my own students for these pages, like the Student-to-Student image above, and the Im-A-Wiki-Virgin image. Why couldn't they be students from your class?

fatimazahra said

at 12:32 pm on Feb 6, 2010

Hello 5 ,I hope everybody enjoye the snow today

Elisabeth BIO said

at 3:01 pm on Feb 6, 2010

Hi Fatima, I am enjoying this snow day at home. I couldnt go out I just stay home doing my homeworks(I have them a lot for monday) and doing my favorite activity, READING. how about you? have you been able to deliver you car from this terrific snow? lol...

venkatesh said

at 4:14 pm on Feb 6, 2010

thanks , prof.Hodges. Also I mentioned about your Pics-its amazing, creates a happy mood whenever i see your pics. also its driving me to this page , more often to see your pics atleast one a day.

Sr.Irena Jusko said

at 2:39 pm on Feb 7, 2010

Professor Hodges, I don't feel comfortable with this picture.

David Hodges said

at 3:16 pm on Feb 7, 2010

Thank you for telling me, Irena. The picture is gone.

fatimazahra said

at 4:15 pm on Feb 7, 2010

hi Elizabeth I didn't get out since friday morning .i tried to remove all snow in front of my house and around car ,also i took pictures for little Lena.

fatimazahra said

at 11:09 pm on Feb 7, 2010

hello Professor hodges,I have problem in my wiki i recived email from wiki every minute in my Email .Is that normal ?If you didn't get it i will explain to you tomorrow .thank you

Mary Ebogu said

at 11:21 pm on Feb 7, 2010

hey fatimazahra, i too is experirncing such thing, but i was the one that set it that way. it is just to alert you when there is any changes or coment on wiki. you unknowinly set it during the time you logged into wiki, but you can may want to go back to profile and reset it there.

David Hodges said

at 2:55 am on Feb 8, 2010

Mary is right, Fatimazahra. Click on "account" in the upper right-hand corner of any page. Choose the "Home" tab on your MyPBWorks page, and in the "Preferences" area, choose how often you want to be emailed with changes. If you checked "Immediately," you've been getting emails all weekend while I and everybody else made changes to the pages.

fatimazahra said

at 7:01 am on Feb 8, 2010

thank you Professor hodges and you mary as well.I got it

David Hodges said

at 12:04 pm on Feb 8, 2010

Hey, Sara! Don't forget to email me digital images of those gorgeous Fives!

salena said

at 7:10 pm on Feb 8, 2010

hi dear professor, i did not get my point on reading assignment. Takecare of it please.

David Hodges said

at 10:46 pm on Feb 8, 2010

Thanks for the reminder, Salena. I've taken care of it.

trangnguyen said

at 7:03 pm on Feb 9, 2010

the class will be canceled . Enjoy snowing day , my friends !!!

Tan Hoang said

at 8:01 pm on Feb 9, 2010

oh my gosh! i cant enjoy it

fatimazahra said

at 5:21 pm on Feb 12, 2010

hi Professor Hodges,I want make sure if we have classe Monday because it's prisdent day ,I hope not because i will miss the classe .thanks

fatimazahra said

at 5:37 pm on Feb 12, 2010

I check the college calendar we have classes monday .thank you

venkatesh said

at 9:41 pm on Feb 15, 2010

Thanks for your reply and comment , Florence.
we are giving away our genuine opinion and overall outlook about the essay - so no personal experience, emotions or what you believe or not - what you talked with someone in your life.
So, you nnow agreed that 505 chance for him to become a good man or there is also 50% possibility he will commit more crimes. Thank you- that the point i want to you realize.Thanks for making my job easy !.
Now I am asking you- how you are going to convince that he won't change ?..
what said where - what kind notations used in which books - what happened to Saddam, or what happened at the Virgina campus - does not fits this essay topic - Be a human , show Human nature to each other and try to improve Humanity. This advice to every one including whoever reads this - may be Prof., students, or even to Saddam/ or the student who involved in Virginia incident - if every one follows this principle - and show kindness to every living things in the earth - then there won't be any more Saddam or Virginia rampage incidents.

venkatesh said

at 10:02 pm on Feb 15, 2010

In Response to Ms.Tabinda Kashif.
First of all thank you for your comment and reply. I am really sorry, if in any case - any of my comments did some harm to you/ your mind. I am here to discuss the topic with an open mind and i thank you for reminding me that.
I never posted any aggressive responses - i just commented on what is not suppose to be commented here,

I respect your comment - but it doesn't mean that you can write whatever ideas/ or information sway across your mind here.
Once again, just a kind correction - physical description/presentation of any human being regardless of their color, religion or ethnicity cannot - give us any clues to their personality. (may be it does for you!!)
I am not a rocket scientist - just a Asst.Prof. of Medicine. May be because of that i may not have enough of commaon knowledge like you.
Bank executive is well dressed verses a car mechanic appearance is different - i agree. you are correct - But with that information - how can you tell about the Personality, Behavior ?. - that means that Bank executive have more Humanity than a regular mechanic ??-No way.
Also- I never asked you assume anything on my behalf- first of all. I'm not trying to convince anyone - i am just expressing my view about the topic and the possible corrections on some comments. I didn't make any assumptions or serious thinking/believing - that this person was a freedom fighter or great warrior- he may be/ may not be !!.
But when you commented him - as Anti-social- then i shooting at you, why he can't be a Freedom fighter/ or Great warrior?.

venkatesh said

at 10:12 pm on Feb 15, 2010

Same thing again and again Tabinda- he could've been a freedom fighter/ warrior/ or person who is not guilty - why you can't agree with this when you say- that he could've been a drug lord,gangster or a Cold blooded killer. He can be on either side !!- You are biasing the people who are reading your comments !! also i didn't want to make him anything. I am just trying correct it,if i can !!

venkatesh said

at 10:12 pm on Feb 15, 2010

thank you Elisabeth.

venkatesh said

at 10:18 pm on Feb 15, 2010

I just want to clarify that - the person can be on either side -Good/bad- but i request you all- not to realize/judge whether he showed humanity to others or not - but if they did show him some humanity - it might had saved one human life - also in case(if), he was criminal - then this would be a perfect situation to show him- what humanity means/ to make him understand -how much worth the life is ?.

venkatesh said

at 10:23 pm on Feb 15, 2010

Also i want to comment here - that i am little disagree with the author, George Orwell in that he is very good in narrating the situation, explaining every aspects of human feelings and emotions - special applause to the Dog's behavior, but at last, he also witnessed the hanging along with others without taken an effort to stop it or show some kind of humanity towards the prisoner!!

David Hodges said

at 7:37 am on Feb 16, 2010

These last five comments are very interesting, Venkatesh, but how did they end up here on the Front Page instead of on the Hanging discussion page? Many of your classmates may have missed them, not knowing where to find them. (I discovered them myself just a minute ago.)

You can cut and paste them the the Hanging page, if you like. (If I do it for you, they'll look as if they were posted by me, not you.)

Elvia Mateo said

at 12:47 am on Feb 17, 2010

I like this essay because it is commun in familys, and not a lot of wamens slapp their housben like she did. She was wrong to act like that, but I think that it is better that she hit him and not him to her.

fatimazahra said

at 3:35 pm on Feb 18, 2010

Hello Professor Hodges,I still have one question, how i can use copmarison and contrast in one essay? .I know you expleained to me that last monday ,but i still confession about it ,what the good strategy i can go throught i, if i'm planing to use copmarison and contrast essay.thank you

David Hodges said

at 6:29 pm on Feb 18, 2010

Elvia, I see you figured out how to comment on the wiki. That's great! Now, one more thing. Make your comments on the most appropriate page so everybody will find it. Your comment appears to be about the new Reading Assignment, "A Legendary Moment." Navigate to that page and leave your comments there! Thanks.

David Hodges said

at 6:37 pm on Feb 18, 2010

Sara, let me give you an example. Say you trade in your old car for a new car because the old car was breaking down too often, using too much gas, and costing too much to operate. Your new car is different in every way. It runs reliably (except that the sophisticated computer navigation system always need to be repaired); it gets much better gas mileage (except that you drive it so much more, you always need to fill up); and it is economical to operate (except that now you almost live in it so you can barely afford it!).

In other words, although the details of the cars are very different (contrasts), you've basically traded one set of problems for another (comparison).

Does that help?

I'm going to paste a copy of this discussion to the Compare or Contrast page for everyone's benefit. OK?

Sr.Irena Jusko said

at 7:16 pm on Apr 28, 2010

Hi prof. Hogies! The information about exam are confusing. Why is there written "Each essay will get two different scores for about of 12 points ?" Does it mean that we have to write two essays? Also, I don't know how much time will be given to us.

David Hodges said

at 6:57 pm on Apr 29, 2010

Thank you for asking, Irena.

The process is not that complicated. The sessions are 90 minutes each. After 90 minutes, the computer will disengage itself from the server whether you're finished or not, so do watch your time carefully.

You will write only one essay, which will be graded by at least two ESL professors. Each will grade your essay with a score between 0 and 6. So the highest grade any essay can score is 12. In previous years, a student needs a score of 6 or higher to pass the Final Exam.

You must also pass the course requirements with a 75%. A 6 on the Final is the equivalent of 75%. Other numerical grades correspond to other percentages which are used to determine your final course grade.

Did that clarify things for you or confuse you?

Sr.Irena Jusko said

at 7:23 pm on Apr 29, 2010

I got it . Thank you, prof. Hodges.

fatimazahra said

at 9:58 pm on May 1, 2010

hello professor i want write my comment for the assignement that you gave us for extra credit but no space in the chart, can you help please

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