English 111 & English Fundamentals (ENF) 3, Spring 2016
T & Th 6:30-8:50, Williamsburg Campus
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

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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.

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Week 1

--Week One--

Tuesday 1/12/16
In-class activities: 1]
House-keeping and introductions. 2] Write reading literacy narrative. 3] Discuss the unfinished course syllabus

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/14/16:

Thursday 1/14/16
In-class activities: 1] Submit
reading literacy narratives. 2] Discuss "The Late Paper" case study. 3] Provide input for finishing the course syllabus. 4] Write critical thinking journal entry #1: Henry Ford wrote, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right." Write about 250-300 words for your critical thinking journal in which you (1) in just a few sentences paraphrased from your source, describe who he is, (2) explain what the quote means, (3) explain how this truth is reflected in the life of the writer, (4) give a specific and concrete example of this truth from your own experience or your own observation, and (5) document the source with an MLA works cited entry at the end (2 points)

Resources for completing the works cited for the Ford Quote: 1. EasyBib, or Son of Citation Machine. 2. The Norton Field Guide to Writing Quick-Access Toolbar, for checking citations, formatting, handbook conventions, etc.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/19/16

--Week Two--

Tuesday 1/19/16
In-class activities: 1]
Document your source for the Ford quote and biographical information.

Thursday 1/21/16
In-class activities: 1] Grammar crossword
group project . 2] Lecture/note-taking on the
Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP)

Resource for NHLP:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/26/16:

Write two paragraphs:

--Week Three--

Tuesday, 1/26/16 In-class activities: 1] Submit two paragraphs, one about the NHLP and one about your example learning experience, which follows the NHLP; AND submit the grammar crossword sentences. 2] Introduction to Cornell-style note taking. 3] Lecture/note-taking on the neuron growth and synaptic firing based on Dr. Rita Smilkstein's research.

Resources for homework: View the videos and review the text links on our brain resources page prior to doing your written homework assignment, below. This will help you so that you are not struggling to understand the material from the lecture.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/28/16

Thursday, 1/28/16 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the two paragraphs about the NHLP, which I will return to you, to prepare for revising them. 2] Discuss and peer review the paragraph that was due tonight which compares neurons to trees. 3] Draft a pragraph describing how synatic firing is like a spark plug firing, and wha tht eresults of synaptic firing are.and your example learning experience, which follow

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/2/16

--Week Four--

Tuesday, 2/2/16 In-class activities: 1] Self review the two NHLP paragraphs (one summarizing Chap. 2 of Smilkstein's book and one describing your own learning experience). 2] Discuss and self-review or peer review two paragraphs on the biology of brain development (how neurons are like trees and how syaptic firing is like a spark plug firing. Let's share your topic sentences first and then use the following criteria for self-review or peer review:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/4/16

Thursday, 2/4/16 In-class activities: 1] View Brain videos/listen to audio. Take copious notes, Cornell format, because you will have a test next week and will be writing about this material after we have classroom lecture/discussion on the material. It is fascinating information. Add this information to notes you have already taken about neuron growth and development and about synaptic firing. Let's discuss this information and revise our paragraphs to clarify neuron growth and synaptic firing.

2] Brainstorm and then begin writing a paragraph about the things that cause you, personally, to experience stress as a college student--whether they are related to your personal life, your working life, or your academic experiences (inside the classroom or outside of the classroom) 3] Explore ways to overcome the stressors of college life or to resolve your sources of stress by researching stragtegies in the Learning Toolbox and the Study Guides web sites.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/9/16:

--Week Five--

Tuesday, 2/9/16 1] Reconstructing Bertrand Russell's introduction to his autobiograpy 2] Discuss transitions and essay coherence, introductions, and conclusions, in Russell's essay and in essays in general. 3] Peer-review, edit, and submit the NHLP essay, following the instructions in the grading rubric. Models of this essy can be found in the webfolios from the archives of my previous classes (go back a couple years), and also on the Brain Development Webpage we have been using for the past three weeks.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/11/16:

Thursday, 2/11/16 Writing workshop: ] Discuss and then revise and edit Critical Thinking Journal #1. I did not get these back to everyone on Tuesday evening, so we will do this now. Then we will do likewise with Critical Thinking Journal #2. 2] Revise and edit drafts of the brain development essays, which were submitted on Tuesday. 3] Discuss "Phase One" of the researched project on multitasking and time-management

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/16/16:

--Week Six--

Tuesday, 2/16/16 1] Discuss previewing academic readings and the similarities between the reading and the writing processes. 2] Discuss the Sparks article on the myth of multitasking and your draft summaries

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/23/16:

--Week Seven--

Tuesday, 2/23/16 1] Discuss the MindTools article on using the Eisenhower Urgent/Important principle for priortizing. 2] Writing workshop: revising the first three paragraphs of the multitasking and time management research project.

Thursday, 2/25/16 Writing workshop: Discuss and draft the final body paragraph of multitasking and time management research project.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/1/16:

Finish drafting and documenting the multitasking and time management research project, per the outline in "Phase Five" of the lesson plan.

Documenting resources:

--Week Eight--

Tuesday, 3/1/16 Editing Skills Workshop: 1] Punctuating the Dear John letter 2] "Aural" editing with Mirosoft Word's text-to-speech feature.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/3/16:

Thursday, 3/3/16 Editing Skills Workshop: 1] Discuss the "Punctuation Makes Meaning" activity. 2] Diagnose and overcome our editing errors using the The Norton Handbook's editing exercises and the Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/15/16:

--Week Nine--

Tuesday, 3/15/16 Peer review and revising workshop: 1] Use the rubric to peer review your colleague's essay. The original "Phase Three" article from the MindTools website is no longer on the lesson page. 2] Revise, edit and perfect your multitasking and time management essay. 3] Discuss revisions to the NHLP essays. 4] Print and submit Critical Thinking Journal #3

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/17/16:

Thursday, 3/17/16 In-class activities: 1] Submit your multitasking and time management essay 2] Be a supportive audience for a speech 3] Diving Deeper: Beginning Critical Thinking Journal #4

--Week Ten--

Tuesday, 3/22/16 In-class activities: 1] Circle up: Review your own Critical Thinking Journal #4, then discuss your response to the four criteria for completing and evaluating the journal entries on the lesson page. 2] Peer review your colleagues' in-text citation and works cited section of Critical Thinking Journal #4, make final revisions, and 3] Print and submit Critical Thinking Journal #4.

4] Ramping it up!! Let's look at the webfolios from Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 and then get your own started! To do this use Chrome rather than the I.E. browser. Internet Explorer does not want to play with the Wix websites and, undoubtedly, will not be up to the task of enabling you to start creating your own.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/24/16:

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 3/29/16 In-class activities: 1] Print and submit the works cited page assigned above and Critical Thinking Journal #4. 2] Begin the group comma conventions project using Google docs to collaborate with your group colleagues. We will finish it in class on Thursday. Add me to your group so that I can answer questions and intervene where and when needed: rad73@email.vccs.edu.

Thursday, 3/31/16 In-class activities: Work on the group comma conventions project using Google docs to collaborate with your group colleagues.

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 4/5/16 In-class activities: 1] Finish and submit the group comma conventions project using Google docs. I will grade it in the Google doc environment. 2] Peparing to revise and edit the Multitasking and Time Management essay. First, let's look at advice about Introductory paragraphs and thesis statements from About.com and the GGW. Second, view and read about why I hate YOU!

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/7/16:

Thursday, 4/7/16 In-class activities: 1] Begin the Errors Analysis Project, correcting and analyzing the editing errors marked on the multitasking and time management essay and revising it per the grading rubric.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/12/16:

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 4/12/16 In-class activities: 1] Submit your annotated bibliographies of success sites if you did not submit them last week. Last call. 2] Discuss any last-minute questions about the errors analysis project and submit the three documents: the marked original draft, the errors analysis document, and the revised and edited perfect draft. 3] "Publish" your web site, and send me, via email, the URL for your welcome page or home page. Your webfolio should now include the following: (A) Welcome page (your home page), which includes a brief introduction (i.e., a bit about yourself), a description of the purpose of your website, a link to our class page, and an image of you or one which in some obvious way represents you (B) At least one revised, edited, perfected Critical Thinking Journal. 4] Discuss the final project, "Communicating as a Professional," and begin taking notes and drafting the paragraph for Reading Question #1.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/14/16:

Thursday, 4/14/16 In-class activities: 1] Submit the first body paragraph of the essay "Communicating as a Professional," along with your notes 2] Read why commas and periods always go inside the close quote marks. 3] Begin Reading Question 2: What IS "Professional Communnication"? for the essay on Communicating as a Professional.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/19/16:

Week Fourteen

Do you want to be financially successful, or do you want to be a shoe store clerk for the rest of your life? Here is the hidden secret for success from the nation's most financially successful people: READ! Take that link, and read it. In fact, read everything you can read. Or resist reading, for whatever your own reasons or excuses may be, and keep that shoe store clerk job--people need to buy shoes, after all. And you'll have about five to eight years in that position to find a new path in life before self-checkouts and on-line purchasing eliminate your clerk job.

Tuesday, 4/19/16 In-class activities: 1] Submit the paragraph paraphrasing the Adams and Weins articles, along with your notes for it. 2] Read and discuss, briefly, the article linked to in the text box above. 3] Read and post to the Wix forum Google doc, per the instructions, and add your name and URL to the index. 4] Discuss the second paragraph, which extrapolates information from the O.O.H. 5] Begin the third body paragraph for the essay on communicating as a professional.

Thursday, 4/21/16 In-class Workshop: 1] Finish drafting the Professional Comunication essay. We will talk about finishing it, and I will grade and return your Adams and Weins paragraphs for revison/editing (if any is needed). This is the grading rubric. 2] Edit, revise, and post the projects listed below to your webfolios. 3] Be an audience for a Ted Talk by our own Taylor Thomas.

Webfolios will include (at least) the following documents, items and elements:

  • Your home page, which will identify you and the purpose of this web site you are developing. It will include:
  • a brief introduction (some things about yourself) and
  • an image of you or an image that in some cogent way represents you.
  • Links to your class page and the TNCC website.
  • Your college email link or a Wix form for emailing you.
  • An index of links to your posted projects
  • Critical Thinking Journals, revised, edited, perfected
  • Brain essay, multitasking essay, and professional communication essay, revised, edited, perfected
  • Group comma conventions project link
  • Reading literacy narrative, revised, edited, completed
  • Extra Credit: Annotated bibliography of success resources (2 pts.)
  • It may also include items of your selection, such as your art work, poetry or fiction, your resume, reading lists, projects from other classes, information about your business or your job or links to your employer's website, photos and graphics--your own or those which are meaningful to you in some other way, movie reviews, your music, anything else that you have written. What else do you want to add?

Add-ins will be considered favorably when the webfolios are evaluated! :-)

This project comprises revisions of previously evaluated work, so be sure that your work is revised and edited per the marks and suggestions I have made, and reflecting what you have learned about editing throughout the semester. It will total 10 points of credit (equivilant, almost, to two essay grades).

Week Fifteen: Revision Week

Tuesday, 4/26/16 In-class: 1] Discuss the revision of the reading literacy narrative. Post it to your webfolio by Thursday. Instructions are in the homework box below. This will be graded IN your web folio and is a six-point assignment, so give it your complete attention. 2] Discuss the extra credit (posted as homework below) which is due before class on Thursday 4/28/16 in order to earn the points. 3] Print and submit the professional communiction essays ASAP.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/28/16:

Revising and completing the reading literacy narrative

In the first week of class, you wrote a reading literacy narrative, describing your history, experiences, and development as a reader. I have returned those to you for editing, revision, and completion after four months of further experiences as a reader. Your assignment is to, first, edit your literacy narrative thoroughly, reflecting the editing knowledge and skills you have developed during this semester in English 111. Second, revise and complete the reading literacy narrative, discussing the reading skills, strategies, and techniques for academic reading which you have developed this semester. At the end of what you wrote in week one, after you have edited it carefully, make a transition stating that, since the start of the semester, you have learned important things about critical and academic reading.

Before beginning your revision and completion of the reading literacy narrative, review the following web pages to refresh your memory about the reading strategies and techniques which you have learned.

Thursday, 4/28/16 In-class activities: 1] course evaluations. 2] Revise and edit the reading literacy narrative, which you wrote in Week One. Let's try to finish this in the first hour so that we have plenty of time for the third agenda item, which follows. 3a] Revise and edit the group comma project. 3b] Make it accessible to "everyone" in Google docs. 3c] Link to it from your webfolio

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 5/3/16:

Week Sixteen: Revision and Evaluation Day

Tuesday, 5/3/16 In-class activities: 1] Revise, edit, correct the reading literacy narrative essay and add it to your webfolio. 2] In-class Webfolio evaluation conferences and completion.

That's all, folks! Go forth and multiply. Or divide, subtract, factor . . . whatever comes next :-)


Webfolios index for Fall 2015 English 111 classes

Check out previous Eng. 111 students' great Google webfolios and the even better, more recent Wix.com built webfolios


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