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Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Fall Class Schedule
Avoiding plagiarism by citing sources:
- Avoiding plagiarism and using MLA documentation style (16 min.)
- What do I need to cite? (1 min.)
- Plagiarism: You can't just change a few words! (1 min.)
- Quoting and paraphrasing (3 min.)
- Citing without quoting (3 min.)
- Citing websites (2 min.)
- Punctuating in-text citations (3 min)
- How to cite a Youtube video.
Assistive Communication Technology
- Speechnotes Chrome browser and cell phone voice-to-text app
Test your knowledge and misconceptions about plagiarism, and learn why and how to avoid it!
, a useful style and plagiarism checker. Try it!!
E-mail Do's and Don't's poster
created by Eng 111-03 Fall 2015. Follow this ettiquette and these protocols when emailing your professors and everyone
Grammar Instruction With Attitude: Daily grammar work out, grammar glossary, grammar exercises, MOOC (enroll in a free Massive Open Online Course), handouts, Power Point presentations, grammar videos, tips & rules--and it's actually FUN! Great stuff for teachers and for students alike.
Mr. D's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Researched Essay Topics and Other Projects:
Grading Criteria for all Essays and projects, and the course syllabus
In-class activities: 1] Housekeeping: syllabus overview and Remind.com 2] 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 highlight 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 Thursday, 8/24/17:
- Finish marking main ideas, supporting details, theses, and conclusions in the articles about cell phone use.
- Read the "Rules for Success" section of the syllabus
In-class activities: 1] Group activity: compare mark ups of four readings on cell phone use. 2] Discuss cell phone readings and the syllabus. 3] Discuss and type the annotated bibliographies of cell phone articles.
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 8/29/17:
- Using your mark-ups of the articles, write concise summaries of the four articles in about six to eight sentences which discuss the credibility of the sources and the writer, and which also convey the most important main ideas in each article as well as the writer's thesis. It will be similar to the abstract at the begining of the article we read from Science Daily, "Texting and Tweeting in the Clasroom: How Do They Impact Student Learning?" 4/6/15. Take a look at that as an example. Save your summaries to Google Drive so that we can work with them in class Tuesday, when we will post them in BlackBoard.
- Purchase the access code for Little Seagull Handbook with InQuizitive lessons or click on the link and go to the website to buy it outright. It costs $15.
- Compose three paragraphs (one full page to a page and a half) describing your experiences and development as a reader as well as your feelings about reading, per the Reading Literacy Pre-Semester topic prompt.
In-class activities: 1] Finish discussion of cell phone policy and finalize the syllabus. 2] Introduction to Speechnotes (works on Chrome browser) 3 ] Format, print out, then upload Reading Literacy Pre-Semester paper to Google Drive and post it to BlackBoard Assignments. 3] Register with Little Seagull Handbook with InQuizitive lessons. Class set # is 38167.
- Log in to InQuizitive and work the first lesson, "How to Use InQuizitive," and purcahse the progam on line or with an access code from the bookstore before class on Thursday
- Read this review of Speechnotes
- View and anaylze the advice of these two professors on how to email your professors AND everybody else that you ever email: Prof. Richardson's advice. Professor DeCoster's advice.
In-class group activity: Compare and discuss the annotated bibliography of the articles about cell phone use.
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/5/17:
- InQuizitive: Do "Editing the Errors That Matter." Take notes on the recurrent errors that you have so that you can ask me questions about them in class next week.
- Explore class resources: 100 Ways to Use Google Drive.
In-class activities: 1] Peer review the annotated bibliography in class, print it out, and submit it to BlackBoard following peer review. 2 ] Create, as a class, a poster of email protocols and rules, by use of the Google Slides app.
Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/7/17:
- View videos on the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset (as defined by Dr. Skip Downing and others): You will be writing about this, so take notes! Dominic, Jesse, the Professors. What got Jesse back on course? What got Dominic back on course? What is the most notable quote from any of the professors?
- Read about how to identify and how to write topic sentences.
- 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."
- Take notes: While Dr. Downing does not give his specific definition of a Creator or a Victim (captial C and V), he describes their behaviors. How do you think Dr. Downing defines a Creator and a Victim? E.g., "Dr. Skip downing defines a Victim (capital V) as a person who . . . Whereas he describes a Creator (capital C) as a person who . . ." Write, in your notes, what you take his definition to be.
- Read, mark and take notes on the essay called "Succeeding Against the Odds." First, copy the text into a Word document.
- Then highlight sentences in light blue that SHOW that Patrick was a Creator.
- Highlight in yellow sentences that TELL that he was a Creator.
- Note: Sentences that "show" are those in which we can see or hear what is happening, sentences which descibe things that could be videotaped, in other words. Sentences which "tell" are those which explain things or indicate what the writer thought or felt about what he or she is describing (these are called "explication'" which simply means "to explain.")
- Highlight in gray any sentences which describe the other students' reactions to Patrick and his influence upon them.
- In pink, highlight what you take to be the thesis of the essay. If the thesis is NOT stated outright, then YOU write the thesis for the essay.
In-class activities: Discuss the readings and do activities related to unerstanding the Victim mindset and the Creator mindset
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/12/17:
- Note: Do this series of assignments in the order I list them below
- Read examples of Creator and Victim behaviors and language from Prof. David Mirman's teaching blog. Take good notes because you will summarize this article later--from your notes.
- THEN draft a paragraph about a time when you, yourself played the role of Victim. Remember: Show, don't just tell.
- THEN write a paragraph about someone you know personally whom you regard to be a Creator, describing him or her with specific details which SHOW that this person is, indeed, a Creator.
- Read about paragraph transitions and essay coherence in section W-4c "Making Paragraph Flow" in the Little Seagull Handbook
In-class activities:1] Discuss the annotated bibliographies. 2] Read this sample first draft essay on adopting the Creator mindset from Connie Fields, Fall 2014. Please note: Connie's concluding paragraph is different from the conclusion which you will write when you follow the instructions above. 3] Pre-writing activity and discussion of your concluding paragraph, which will state what your academic and personal life goals are for THIS semester. Using examples from the paragraph about the Creator you just wrote about, describe specifically what YOU will do to achieve the outcomes YOU wish to experience this semester.
Homework assignment for Thursday 9/14/17:
- Finish drafting a paragraph about how you will be a Creator this semester by creating the outcomes you wish to achieve.
- Read this web page about writing a five-paragraph theme.
- View the following videos:
- Introductory paragraphs video (4 min.)
- Thesis statements video (4 min.)
- Five-paragraph essay video (11 min.)
- By Thursday, you should have drafted the three body paragraphs which were assigned on 9/6 and 9/11, and you should have a working definiton of Creators and Victims (according to Dr. Skip Downing's perspective). Make sure you have all of these prior to class so that we can discuss the instructions for completing the essay.
In-class activities:1] Discuss works cited and final paragraps of the Creators Mindset essayHousekeeping: Printout of the definitions and summary from Downing and Mirman; InQuizitive questions, problems, troubleshooting. 2] Rewarding good note-taking. 3] Essay coherence group activity. 4] Discuss concluding paragraphs for "Adopting the Creator Mindset" essays
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/19/17:
- Revise and post the revisions to the annotated bibliography of cell phone articles. If these are now error free, I will add points to your previous grade. If they are not, no points will be added. If you already earned 4 points, fix the minor errors and edits that I marked and those I did not mark. Due by class start time on 9/19/17
- Complete the Creator's mindset essay per the instructions in the grading rubric.
- Note: Cite Downing's book as the source of the parphrase of his definitions. Even though you read the excerpted pages on line, that material is not available in a bona fide on-line source--it's just my handout from pages 42-44 of his print book.
- Also NOTE: Use ALL of the assistive technologies at the bottom of the instructions/grading rubric page before submitting it for my eyes.
In-class activities: Discuss the concluding paragraph and works cited sections of the Creators Mindset essay
Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/7/17:
- Finish the Creators Mindset essay
In-class activities: 1] Print out the Creator Mindset essays. 2] Preview readings for essay two and take notes.
Homework assignment for Monday 9/25/17:
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