English 3: Computer-Mediated Preparing for College Writing II, Fall 2011
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

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Is that my brain cell or a neon spider?

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Over-arching goals of English 3


Class Resources

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 Two--

Wednesday, 8/31/11
In-class Activity: 1] Practice using Aplia, 2] Do the Aplia diagnostic test to establish your editing skills baseline.

Assignments for Monday (the Aplia assignments) and Wednesday:
1] Read this essay about a student who succeeded in the face of great difficulties: "Succeeding Against the Odds"
2 ] Draft
at least one full page about a person you know who has achieved success, or (better yet) who has achieved a specific success, in the face of difficulties. We will discuss these in class and you will get and give feedback to each other on the things we want to know more about that person and how he or she "overcame the odds" to become successful.
3] Do the posted Aplia assignments by Monday.

--Week Three--

Wednesday, 9/7/11
In-class Activity: 1] Identifying "showing" details in the essay, "
Succeeding Against the Odds" 2] Paired feedback on your "one-pager" about a successful person that you know.

Assignment for Monday:
Write, based on feed back from class today, three or four body paragraphs about the successful person who is the subject of your paper. Make sure that each paragraph is developed with "showing" details.

--Week Four--

Monday, 9/12/11
Due at the start of class: Three body paragraphs about your successful person.
In-class Activity:
Write the other parts of the successful person essay:

Assignment for Wednesday:
Finish composing the successful person paper. Use the Revision and Editing Checklist from the Guide to Grammar and Writing and apply the criteria in the top panel to your own essay for SELF evaluation of the content of your paper. Highlight or underscore your thesis statement and the topic sentences of each of your body paragraphs. Make sure that each paragraph is developed with "showing" details.

Wednesday, 9/14/11

In-class activities: Start The Least You Need to Know About Editing. For this project you will do the following:

  1. Use the resources on the links provided above and the handbooks in the classroom. In your own words, define or describe a "sentence fragment" and give at least two ways to correct a fragment.
  2. In your own words, define or describe a run-on sentence (also called a fused sentence) and give at least two ways to correct a run-on.
  3. In your own words, define or describe a comma splice sentence and give at least two ways to correct a comma splice.
--Week Five--

Monday, 9/19/11
Lecture and discussion of the
Natural Human Learning Process based on the research of Dr. Rita Smilkstein

Assignment for Wednesday 9/21, due at the start of class:
Finish and turn in "The Least you Need to Know . . ." project posted on 9/14 above
Compose a paragraph (in the Power Write format if you wre here in Week One to learn Power Writing) on how you learned a skill following the six stages of the Natural Human Learning Process. Your paragraph can begin with a Power One sentence such as this one: "Dr. Rita Smilkstein shows that we all learn through a six-stage process that she calls the Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP), which is certainly true of how I learned ________________." The Power 2 sentences will describe Smilkstein's six stages of the NHLP, starting with motivation to learn. Your Power 3 sentences will tell what YOU did in each phase of teh NHLP when you learned the skill you name in the topic sentenc (i.e., the Power 1 sentence). It should follow this Power Writing pattern: 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3 since there are six stages in the process.


Wednesday, 9/21/11
Lecture and discussion of how the brain develops during learning: Neurons are like trees; synapses are like sparkplugs. No, really!

Assignment for Monday 9/26, due at the start of class:
Draft two paragraphs, one describing how neurons are similar to trees, and the second describing how synaptic firing is like a spark plug firing.

--Week Six--


Monday, 9/26/11
Lecture and discussion on
how emotions affect our ability to learn.

Assignment for Wednesday 9/28, due at the start of class:
Compose a paragraph discussing how emotions control the brain's ability to learn. (Due at the start of class on Wednesday.)

Wednesday, 9/28/11
1] Turn in your paragraph about how emotions affect learning
2] Work on Aplia Lessons

Homework for Monday 10/3:
1] Aplia Lessons:
I will change the due dates on all past Aplia lessons so that if you did not do them (or if you want to do them over) you can get caught up. All Aplia Lessons will be caught up to date by 10/10, so if you are behind get caught up! This is one of the very few days that we will work on Aplia lessons during class time. Aplia lessons are primarily your edting skills development homework.
2] Using the links from my web page, "The Least You Need to Know about Editing," answer the questions below, in your own words, not verbatim from the sources. (Note: It may be easiest to do if you copy and paste the instructions below into a M.S. Word document.)

--Week Seven--

Monday, 10/3/11 & Wednesday 10/5/11
Aplia workshops

--Week Eight--

Monday, 10/10/11
In class: Mini-conferences on work produced so far; and Aplia workshop.

Wednesday, 10/12/11
In class: 1] Review of biology of
learning and brain development. (Additional readings on brain development during learning, Dr.Smilkstein's book We're Born to Learn condensed into 34 pages.
2] Mid-semester update on work submitted, evaluated. returned. In addition to the Aplia lessons assigned to date and two editing skills analyses you should have drafted and turned in the following:

--Week Nine--

Monday, 10/17/11
In class: 1] Mini-conferences on work produced so far, 2] begin revising paragraphs into an essay on brain development during learning.

Wednesday, 10/19/11
In class: 1] Mini-conferences on work produced so far, 2]
Instructions for revising NHLP/brain paragraphs into an essay. 3] Begin research for next essay on overcoming test anxiety and writing timed, in-class essays.

--Week Ten--

Monday, 10/24/11
In class: Based on the sites you researched, follow the process I suggested for avoiding plagiarism, and compose two paragraphs, approximately 150 words in length each, which will be due by the start of class on Wednesday. One paragraph will describe in your own words the best advice you read about how to overcome test anxiety. The second paragraph will describe in your own words the best information you researched about writing in-class essay tests. On Wednesday, we will combine these paragraphs with the paragraph about how emotions affect cognition to form the body of an essay on how to successfully write essay exams. Use your time wisely!

Wednesday, 10/26/11
In class: 1] Mini-conferences on work turned in, while you 2] compose essay #3

Homework for Monday 10/31:
Outline for Essay #3. Finish drafting it in class on Monday 10/31/11

--Week Eleven--

Monday, 10/31/11
In class: 1] Mini-conferences on work turned in, while you 2] finish essay #3. 3] IF you have ear buds or ear phones to plug in to your computer, you may listen to these instructive
videos from University of North Carolina Writing Center on proofreading and "read aloud" editing.

Use this resource: W. W. Norton (Publisher) On-line Handbook (the online version of the handbook section of the Norton Field Guide to Writing, which is used in Eng. 111 and Eng. 112) to understand the editing corrections you need to make on your essays.

--Week Twelve--

Monday, 11/7/11
In class: 1] I will be traveling to Tennessee to present a workshop for teachers on Tuesday, so I will not be in class today. Finish your 3rd essay if it is not yet complete (
Outline for Essay #3), and get caught up on any Aplia assignments which are due. By Wednesday you should have three complete, and fairly sophisticated essays: 1) a successful person, 2) brain development during learning, 3) overcoming test anxiety in order to write successful in-class essay exams.
DUE at the start of class on Wednesday:
Three
complete, and fairly sophisticated essays: 1) a successful person, 2) brain development during learning, 3) overcoming test anxiety in order to write successful in-class essay exams

--Week Thirteen--

Monday, 11/14/11
In class: Workshop: Editing and revising essays 1-3

Wednesday, 11/16/11
In class: Workshop: Editing and revising essays 1-3

Note: It is exceedingly important that you are in class on Monday with ALL THREE of your essays, in as near-perfect condition as you can make them. We only have a couple weeks left to edit and make them ready for the portfolio review.

--Week Thirteen.two (huh?)--

Monday, 11/21/11
In class: 1] Quick review of esays 1-3, 2] mini-conferences with Mr. D. on edits needed for your essays to pass portfoloio review.

Resources for improving editing problems and preparing your essays for the portfolios:

--Week Fourteen--

Monday, 11/28/11
In class: Editing, revising, and formatting essays 1-3. Format:



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