English Fundamentals 1 & 2, Spring 2017
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

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Last Updated, 16 February 2017, 11:00 a.m.

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Editing & Study Resources
Class Resources
Class Schedule & MLA documentation
  • The five-paragraph theme
  • Introductory paragraphs video (4 min.)
  • Thesis statements video (4 min.)
  • Editing and Revising checklists to assess your own papers before relying on feedback from others
  • James Madison University's Learning Toolbox. This website includes tools to help you improve in the eight academic areas of Math, Organization, Study Skills,
    Test Taking Skills, Note Taking, Reading, Writing, and
    Advanced Thinking.
  • Study Guides and Strategies cover "how to's" like managing time and class projects, and "what to's" with study outlines, procedures, and summary infomation for subjects in English, math and science, social sciences, etc.

Brain videos and sites:



Week 1

  • Avoiding plagiarism by citing sources:

  1. Avoiding plagiarism and using MLA documentation style (16 min.)
  2. What do I need to cite? (1 min.)
  3. Plagiarism: You can't just change a few words! (1 min.)
  4. Quoting and paraphrasing (3 min.)
  5. Citing without quoting (3 min.)
  6. Citing websites (2 min.)
  7. Punctuating in-text citations (3 min)
  8. Plagiarism Tutorial: Test your knowledge and misconceptions about plagiarism, and learn why and how to avoid it!
  9. Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism, an excellent web resource on why and how to document sources
Important Notice!!

At the start each class, open this web page to look at the agenda for the day. At the end of each class, return to this web page to get your homework assignment and view the agenda for the next class. You'll never miss an assignment, a due date, or an important announcement if you come to this page every day.

--Week One--

Wednesday, 1/11/17 & Thursday 1/12/17

In-class activities: 1] Preparing to take the Degrees of Reading Power test by identifying main ideas and supporting details in researched writing. 2] Process: First, highlight and copy the title, author's name and text of an article into an M.S. Word document. Then skim through the article to get an impression of what it is about and to get an overview of what sort of support is included and where the supporting details tend to be located.
Next, background highlight the main ideas/topic sentences in light blue, and in yellow highlight all the details that support THAT main idea before moving on to the next. When finished highlith the conclusion in light grey, and then--after having read the whole article--go back and highlight the thesis statement in pink. 3] The readings:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/17/17:

Week Two

Tuesday 1/17/17

In-class activities: Workshop--marking main ideas, supporting details, theses, and conclusions in the articles about cell phone use..

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/23/17:

Thursday 1/19/17

In-class activities: Degrees of Reading Power testing

Week Three

Tuesday 1/24/17

In-class activities: 1] Upload
Reading Literacy Pre-Semester paper to BlackBoard Assignments. 2] Access the works cited models for the four articles on cell phone use and type them to begin an annotated bibliography of those four readings. 3] Begin mark-up of Dr. Downing's excerpt: Read and highlight the topic sentences of each paragraph of these three pages excerpted from Chapter 2 of Dr. Skip Downing's book called On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life: "Adopting a Creator Mindset." While Dr. Downing does not give his specific definition of a Creator or a Victim (capital C and V), he describes their behaviors. After reading and marking the selection, write down what you think Dr. Downing's definition of a Creator (capital C) is and what you think his definition of a Victim (capital V) is. 4] Discuss "Flipping the Classroom"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/23/17:

Thursday 1/26/17

In-class activities: 1] Register with Remind.com. 2] Discuss the excerpt from Dr. Downing's book and the videos, and come to an agreement about Dr. Downing's definitions of "Creator" and "Victim." 3] Paired activity: marking and summarizing Prof. David Mirman's blog article.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/31/17:

Week Four

Tuesday 1/31/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss the summary of Mirman's article and finish writing it. 2] Discuss a specific time or situation in which YOU played the Victim role, and write a paragraph describing specifically what happened.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/2/17:

Thursday 2/2/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss
Speechnotes voice-to-text tool--it only works on Chrome on the computer, but it works on Safari on a cell phone and there is also an app for cell phones. 2] Discuss paragraph 2: A time when I played the Victim role. 3] Finish drafting paragraph 2 and begin paragraph 3

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/7/17:

Week Five

Tuesday 2/7/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss completing the essay "Adopting the Creator's Mindset"
using the grading rubric as an outline. 2] Begin Inquizitive lessons on sentence boundary errors (i.e., sentence fragraments; and run-ons and comma spliced sentences). Also begin working the lessons on comma use.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/9/17:

Thursday 2/9/17
In-class activities: 1] Complete Inquizitive lessons on sentence boundary errors: comma splices, fused sentences

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/14/17:

Week Six

Tuesday 2/14/17
In-class activities: 1] Print and submit the essay, "Adopting the Creator Mindset." 2] Work the
InQuizitive lesson "Editing the Errors that Matter."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/16/17:

Thursday 2/16/17 In-class activities: 1] Notetaking--formats and techniques 2] The NHLP: an introduction to the Natural Human Learning Process.

Week Seven

Tuesday 2/21/17
In-class activities: Begin the learning unit on
The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning. Take good notes in Cornell format because there will be a test on this material next week, and we will be writing some pararaphs from our notes on this material as well.

Homework and resources for Thursday.

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