English 03:
Computer-Mediated Preparation for College Writing II

Create your own world.

"If you believe it, you will see it." Dewitt Jones

Last Updated, 11 January 2008, 8:45 a.m.

A poem by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - )

We Real Cool
(1960)

The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We
Left School. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Class Resources

English 03 Syllabus

"OWL" links OWL stands for Online Writing Labs. These are links to handbooks, workbooks, and even help desks to aid you in answering those sticky questions or finding help with any sort of writing problem.  Our primary on-line "textbook" is linked here.  It is the Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Professional Communication Skills "Why do we have to take these %*#@$&!!! English and speech classes, anyways?" Let some of your peers answer that question for you. Find out what reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching and computing skills are needed in order to obtain a job and to advance in your chosen profession. These essays were researched and written by TNCC students.

Wrules for Writers   When in doubt, check this style sheet. (But don't take it too seriously.)

Use these checklists to assess your own papers before relying on feedback from others.


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, 1/9/08
In-class:
1] Discuss qualities of successful students, 2] Work a Perfect Copy group lesson

Friday, 1/11/08
In-class:
1] Discuss how to reach your goals for Eng. 03, for TNCC, for your career; 2] Begin "a letter to myself"

Homework assignment for Monday:
Write one full page describing why you are in college (how college will help you to achieve your dreams), how communication classes will help you to achieve your academic and professional goals, what your specific goals for English 03 are this semester, how you will achieve these goals, and everyon to who your success is important or who supports you in your goals. Bring this one-pager with you to class on Monday. It is just a draft, so it does not have to be perfect; just get it written.

Week Two

Wednesday, 1/18/06
In-class assignment:
Popcorn reading of this essay about succeeding as a student. Discuss people we know who have succeeded against the odds.


Friday, 1/20/06
In-class:
Draft and discuss "A Letter to Myself"

Homework assignment for Monday:
1. Think about people you know who have been successful despite very difficult circumstances.
2. Write one well developed paragraph of aproximately 100-150 words in length about one person you know whom you think has been successful in overcoming the difficult circumstances he or she has faced in life. Below are links to essays students have written about people who have succeeded against the odds. Read them. They might give you some ideas or remind you of someone that you know who has faced similar life situations and has succeeded anyway. Maybe that describes you.

Here are examples of some of those stories:

Week Three

Monday, 1/23/06
In class assignment: Case study. "The Late Paper"

Homework assignment for Wednesday:
Write one well developed paragraph of aproximately 100-150 words in length about one person you know whom you think has been successful in overcoming the difficult circumstances he or she has faced in life.

Wednesday, 1/25/06
Paragraph one is due at the start of class
Play the Graduation Game
Discuss your paragraph about a successful person.

Friday, 1/27/06
Read, share and discuss your paragraph about a successful person. Focus of the discussion: How can you flesh this paragraph out into an essay with at least three body paragraphs? Identify at least three ideas or points of interest that can be developed into separate paragraphs. (20 minutes)
Compose a body paragraph based on your discussion. (30 minutes)

Homework assignment for Monday:
Write one well developed body paragraph of aproximately 100-150 words.

Week Four

Monday, 1/30/06
Due at the start of class: The summary paragraph and the first body paragraph. (Remember our discussion of "The Late Paper" case study and the consequences that you agreed on for Kim, the student who missed her assignment deadline!)

In class assignment: Begin composing the second or third body paragraph while I have "mini-conferences" with those who have finished the whole draft.

Wednesday, 2/1/06
In-class assignment: Introduction to Perfect Copy

Friday, 2/3/06
In-class assignment: I won't be with you today, so help each other out in my absence. Work three lessons in Perfect Copy. Due by the end of class. You don't need to do anything to prove to me that you have worked these lessons since I can access your records of use in the Perfect Copy manager's functions. All three of these lessons are in the "series two" index:
Beginning and ending punctuation: "Hero or Fool?"
Commas: "Concert Series"
Subject/Verb agreement: "Frog-Eating Bats"

Homework assignment for Monday:
Read about introductions, conclusions, and thesis statements.

Homework on essay #1:
By next Wednesday, everyone will have had an editing conference with Professor Weiser or me regarding your successful person essays.

Week Five

Monday, 2/6/06
Essay #1, a successful person is due by the start of class (if I have not already gone over it with you). (Remember our discussion of "The Late Paper" case study and the consequences that you agreed on for Kim, the student who missed her paper deadline.)
In-class: 1. Peer review on content and development of essay #1, using guide sheet. 2. Make an appointment with me or Professor Weiser for an editing conference during our office hours if you have not already done so.

Homework on essay #1:
By Wednesday, everyone will have had an editing conference with Professor Weiser or me regarding your successful person essays.

Wednesday, 2/8/06
Essay #1, a successful person is due.
In-class: First, discuss "reasons" for missing assignment deadlines. Change this "victim talk" into "creator talk." Second, discuss how many hours you are devoting to homework/study and work at your job, outside of class. Third, begin the in-class reading assignment on sentence combining techniques. (Use the SQ3R critical reading strategy to get the most out of this chapter of the on-line handbook.)

Friday, 2/10/06
In-class: Begin group sentence SQ3R process on sentence combining chapter of online handbook.

Homework for Monday:
SQ3R notes from the reading assignment on the sentence combining chapter of the Guide to Grammar and Writing. I will collect these notes on Monday and record credit.

Week Six

Monday, 2/13/06
Due at the start of class: Completed SQ3R notes on the sentence combining chapter of the online handbook, which we began in class on Friday.
In-class: Group sentence combining exercises. I will have "mini-conferences" on essay #1 while you are doing an in-class sentence combining project.

Wednesday, 2/15/06
In class assignment: Copy and paste, and then reconstruct sentence clusters 1-6 using the sentence combining techniques you learned on Monday. We will discuss whether your recasting of the sentences was by means of coordination, subordination, or modification.

Homework for Friday:
At the start of class turn in your reconstructions of sentence clusters 7-16.

Friday, 2/17/06
In class assignment: Discuss reconstruction of sentence clusters 7-16.

Homework for Monday:
At the start of class turn in your reconstructions of sentence clusters 11-16.
Bring your "success story essay" to class with you. I will have conferences on the essays while you do the reading and quiz assignments.

Week Seven

Monday, 2/20/06
Due at the start of class: Reconstructions of sentences 11-16.

In-class assignment ("open-book" readings quiz): Readings about the importance of communicating as a professional. Go to the two index pages linked below, and begin reading the student-written essays to answer the questions on the "open-book" quiz about the importance of good communication skills, which are necessary to be a successful professional. Index #1, Index #2. The quiz will be placed on the middle shelf next to the door.
The quizzes will be turned in on Wednesday, so get as many done in class as you can.

Homework for Wednesday:
If you missed class on Monday turn in the reconstructed sentences 11-16, and begin the readings quiz. Turn in the readings quiz at the start of class on Friday.

Wednesday, 2/22/06
Today's agenda:
3 minutes: DUI arrest video
2 minutes: Cheating on the take-home quiz. You have two minutes to consult with your colleagues as to where they found the answers to the readings quiz. You may not write down someone else's answer, but you may write down where they found it.
20 minutes: Brainstorming and generating support for a paragraph or two focusing on your communications strengths.
20 minutes: Begin writing the paragraph(s)
5 minutes: Sign up for paragraph conference with Professor Weiser or me on Thursday.

Homework for Friday:
Conference on your paragraph on Thursday with Prof. Weiser or me.
Turn in readings quiz at the start of class.

Week Eight

Monday, 2/27/06
Due at the start of class: A paragraph or two describing your communication strengths. Develop this part of the essay by using specific examples that show (i.e., that prove) that you have these skills.

Here are two very helpful resources that will also give you some information to draw upon. First is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. When you go to this source and read about the professions you wish to enter, focus specifically on information related to the sorts of communication skills and the types of communication most essential to success in your chosen profession. The second resource includes seven sample essays on the topic of communicating as a professional which were written by students in English 03 in Spring 2005.

Homework for Wednesday:
A plan for writing a paragraph or two describing the communication skills that are necessary in order to be successful in the profession which you wish to enter.

Wednesday, 3/1/06
Writing workshop: Compose part two of the professional communication essay, focusing on the communication skills you will need in order to be successful in your chosen professional field. These paragraphs will be supported with specific, concrete examples from the readings and from your own experience of professionals in your field of study.

Note: Computers are to be used during class ONLY for class-related purposes!

Week Nine

Monday, 3/13/06
In class: Discuss specific strategies for overcoming weaknesses or problems related to making oral presentations.

Wednesday, 3/15/06
In class: Work Perfect Copy lessons.

Wednesday, 3/17/06
In class: Discuss specific strategies related to overcoming weakness or problems related to your writing abilities.

Homework for Monday:
One to three paragraphs discussing your specific plans for overcoming any writing or editing weaknesses that you feel you have.

Week Ten

Monday, 3/20/06
Due: All of the body paragraphs of the communication skills essay

In class: Read about introductory and concluding paragraphs and draft an introduction, including the thesis statement, for the communication skills essay.

Wednesday, 3/22/06
In class writing assignment: Finish the introductory and concluding paragraphs for the communication skills essay. I am at a conference for a couple of days, so I won't be in class with you. Nevertheless, do not waste time, and keep quiet so that your colleagues can work on their papers.

If you have not signed up for a content conference with Professor Weiser, then do it. No one in this class is not an adult. Adults act responsibily, keep their appointments, and respect other people's time. You will demonstrate these qualities in my absence. The sign-up sheet is on the middle shelf of the bookshelves near the door. Folks, email me if any of your colleagues are disruptive, noisy, or in any way prevent you from being able to work toward completing your essay during class today or Friday. I want to know about it, and I will hold your email to me in the strictest confidence. You have paid your tuition or earned a grant to pay for it, so you deserve to be in an environment that is conducive to getting good work done.

My email dollier@tncc.edu

Friday, 3/24/06
In class: Peer review each others papers. Provide feedback to the writers, suggesting improvements in the content. Don't focus on punctuation and grammar at this phase of the process. Everyone will have their completed communication skills essays ready for me to read on Monday, 3/27. No exceptions, no extensions, no excuses.

Week Eleven

Monday, 3/27/06
Due: Communication skills essays.

In-class assignment: Notes on the VARK learning preferences inventory are due by the end of class, responding to the study questions I post on the board.

Homework for Wednesday:
One paragraph describing what the VARK is. Describe what you have learned about the VARK learning preferences inventory to someone who knows nothing about it. You will want to define what it is, tell who created it and why (including what his credentials are), what the letters each mean, why it is useful to know, and how one would be able to use the information at the VARK web site.

Wednesday, 3/29/06
Due: One or two paragraphs describing what the VARK is who created it and why (including what his credentials are), what the letters each mean, why it is useful to know, and how one would be able to use the information at the VARK web site.

In class: 1. Take the VARK inventory to etermine your pre-existant learning preferences or strengths and discuss the results. 2. Begin writing a paragraph discussing your VARK profile and the means by which you learn best, based on the information at the VARK web site.

Homework for Friday:
One or two paragraphs describing your VARK profile and the methods by which you learn best, based on information from the VARK web site. Support that by showing examples from your own experience which prove that these are, indeed, your learning strengths.

Friday, 3/31/06
Due: Part two of the VARK essay, a discussion of your VARK profile describing the methods by which you learn best, supported by examples from your own experience which prove that these are your learning strengths.

In class: Discuss the (VARK) teaching styles of your professors this semester and last semester, developing specific examples of teaching techniques that they use both in class and outside of class. These examples will be used as support in Part III of your VARK essay.

Homework for Monday:
One to three paragraphs describing the (VARK) teaching styles of your professors this semester and last semester.

Blocking outline for the essay assignments for the whole semester!

Week Twelve

Monday, 4/3/06
Due: Part III of the VARK essay.

In class: Discuss Part IV of the VARK essay, which will be one to three paragraphs describing how you will apply the learning strategies suggested on the VARK website in each of your classes, based on your own learning styles and on your professors' teaching styles.

Homework for Wednesday:
Due: Part IV of the VARK essay.
Read: The message below about paper deadlines.


Note on paper deadlines

Reviewing the posted assignments from the daily schedule above, you will see that the writings have been assigned in a timely manner, that in-class time was given to write many of the paragraph-length assignments, that due dates for the individual paragraphs and the essays were posted, and that an assignment was made to meet with either Professor Weiser or me upon completion of several phases of the major projects. To sum up:
2.5 weeks spent on essay #1. The first (summary) paragraph of essay one (a successful person) was assigned on Jan. 20th, the first body paragraph was assigned Jan. 27th, time was given in class to compose parts of the essay, and the essay was due on Feb 6th. There were 2.5 weeks devoted to drafting the first essay, and on Feb. 3rd, this assignment was posted: "By next Wednesday, everyone will have had an editing conference with Professor Weiser or me regarding your 'successful person' essays."
Then we spent two weeks working sentence combining exercises and discussing editing skills.
Reading for essay two began Feb 20th and the first paragraph assignment for this essay was made on Feb. 22nd with time allowed in class to start it, and instructions were posted to sign up for a conference with Professor Weiser or me on this first paragraph of essay #2. On Mar. 1 we had an in-class workshop to compose part two of this paper. On Mar. 20th the body paragraphs were due and on Mar. 22nd a draft of essay #2 was due along with the instructions to make an appointment with Professor Weiser to go over your draft. Because we did some other editing exercises and in-class research for this project during the compostion of paper #2, a full month was devoted to composing this paper.
In-class reading for essay #3 began on Mar. 27th, and the first body paragraph was assigned for the following Wednesday. Part II of this essay was assigned on Mar. 29th; Part III was assigned on Mar. 31; and Part IV was discussed in class today (April 3rd) and assigned as due on Wednesday, April 5th. A draft of the whole paper, including introductory and concluding paragraphs, is due in my mailbox in room 852 by 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 7th. That equates to two weeks to draft an essay that we discussed in class and for which time was given in class to take notes on and to begin writing.

If you have kept up with the projects and have met with Professor Weiser or me to discuss them, you are probably not too stressed over your likelihood of finishing the papers in time to turn in for portfolio review. On the other hand, if you feel time pressure because these essays are not completed or because you have not gotten feedback on them, that is understandable because deadlines produce stress. However, 1). ample time was given for completion of these projects (two to four weeks to compose a draft of a short essay), 2). class time was allowed for writing parts of these projects, and 3). you have been assigned to make conference appointments with Professor Weiser or me to go over the projects during various stages of development. If you are stressed out about getting these papers finished in passable condition, the reality is that 1). you have not met the posted deadlines on the assignments, 2). you have wasted time given in class for composing the projects by surfing unauthorized web sites or simply by socializing, and 3). you have not made or not kept appointments with Professor Weiser or me to go over the essays or any paragraphs as you were assigned to do. Who is responsibile for the decisions that you make about whether or when to complete work and whether or when to keep appointments?

Here's the good news: It is all salvageable if you stop complaining and start working. Here's what to do: 1). Finish composing the papers, 2). stop wasting time in class, 3). make and keep appointments with Professor Weiser or me to go over your projects.


Wednesday, 4/5/06
Read: The message above about paper deadlines.
In class: Writing workshop. Write the introductory and concluding paragaphs of the VARK essay. Make an appointment with Professor Weiser to go over the content of your VARK essay on Thursday or Friday. His phone number is 825-3802. I am again doing job-related travel on Weds.-Fri. of this week. If your classmates do not respect your need to have a quiet working environment in room 916 in which to compose the rest of your essay, you may go to the Writing Center, the Academic Computing Lab, or any other environment which is quiet, and therefore, conducive to doing good work.

Homework for Friday:
Complete the VARK essay.

Friday, 4/7/06
Due: The VARK essay, to be turned in at my mailbox in room 852 by the end of your class today.

Week Thirteen: Portfolio Preparation Week

Monday, 4/10/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.

Wednesay, 4/12/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.
Additional homework: Prepare your schedule of classes for the summer and/or fall semesters so that, on Friday, we can have a registration workshop and get you registered for classes. You will not be able to register during class on Friday, however, if you have not prepared in advance; there will not be enough time to both prepare the class schedules and get registered.

Friday, 4/14/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.

Week Fourteen: Portfolio Preparation Week

Monday, 4/17/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.

Wednesay, 4/19/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.

Friday, 4/21/06
Due: All three essays.
In class: Portfolio preparation workshops
Homework: Make an appointment with Professor Weiser or me to do editing conferences on the work in your portfolio.

Week Fourteen & 1/2: In-class Essay

Monday, 4/24/06
In class: Begin the in-class essay.

Wednesday, 4/26/06
In class: Finish the in-class essay.

Portfolios are due at the end of class today. No exceptions, no extensions, no excuses.

Week Fifteen

Friday, 4/28/06
In class: Begin researching grammar/punctuation/writing help sites.

Monday, 5/1/06
In class: Begin compiling index of grammar/punctuation/writing help sites.

Wednesday, 5/3/06
In class: Post index of grammar/punctuation/writing help sites. This will be a resource that you have contributed to, a resource that you can access and use in future writing classes, and a resource that future Engilsh 01 and 03 students can access and use. Your names will be posted on the web site as the developers and contributers to it. All the world will be able to access this site (theoretically, at least), so let's make it good; let's make it reflect the image of you, as a contributor, that you would like the rest of the Internet to see.

Week "Sixteen"

Friday, 5/5/06

Final class meets from 8:00-9:45. You MUST be at the final class.

In class: Individual portfolio conferences. If you do not have your portfolio conference, you will not pass English 03.


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