Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade – Week 4: Journals 1 & 2 / writing assignment{Coursera / MSJC}

For the purposes of this writing assignment, I chose a scene from the first instalment of the “Hobbit”, called “An unexpected journey” (2012),

by Peter Jackson, based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel.

Bilbo reading the Deed of Contract – retrieved from


Module 1 Writing Activity

In your writing journal, begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. As in Unit 3, you may find it helpful to be observing a scene while you compose sentences. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style

Adjective clauses:

  1. Bilbo Baggins is seen standing inside his little house, which is situated in the fictional Middle – Earth region known as the “Shire”.
  2. Bilbo, whose nephew is named Frodo, is a Hobbit.
  3. Hobbits are human-like creatures that are distinctive for their disproportionately huge feet compared to their rather short bodies.

Adverbial clauses

  1. Bilbo is given a Deed of Contract to sign, once he has finished reading all the terms.
  2. The dwarves basically want Bilbo to accompany them through a perilous journey, so that they may recapture their homeland, Erebor.
  3. Although the wise wizard Gandalf has taken an interest to help the dwarves along with Bilbo, the Hobbit feels reluctant to join their cause.



Module 2 Writing Activity

In your journal, continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.


Noun phrases:

  1. Erebor means “Lonely Mountain” in Sindarin, which is one of the languages spoken by the Elves of Middle-Earth. (prepositional phrases)
  2. Driven away from their homeland by the foul dragon Smaug, the Durin’s folk clan of Dwarves find themselves once again in exile; they were previously forced out of their initial habitat, namely the Misty Mountains area, by Orcs. (absolute phrase)
  3. Thorin II Oakenshield,  son of Thrór, King Under the Mountainis determined to reclaim the dwarven treasure and his family’s heirlooms from the dragon. (appositive phrases)

Verb phrases:

  1. To venture into Erebor, our company of heroes must also face dangerous trolls and orcs before encountering the beast. (infinitive phrase)
  2. To fathom Bilbo’s hesitation, we need to be reminded that Hobbits are hardly used to embarking on adventures. (infinitive phrase)
  3. Accompanied by 12 other dwarves of his clan –  Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori – Thorin Oakenshield is sceptical whether Bilbo can actually prove himself as a valuable asset for their cause. (participial clause)
  4. Having intruded his house’s kitchen uninvited,  the dwarves’ huge appetite and rioting nature startles Bilbo even further. (participial clause)

One comment on “Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade – Week 4: Journals 1 & 2 / writing assignment{Coursera / MSJC}

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