R. Dollieslager's English 112-20, T-Th
Weekly Schedule, Spring 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College

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English 112 course syllabus

Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Spring Class Schedule

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. How to cite a Youtube video.
Traditional Argument Handouts/Sites



Week 5 Week 6
Tracking the Truth
  • The Congressional Record: Track daily debates and search for your representatives' and senators' voting records.
  • Fact Check.Org A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center: In an era of ever-increasing "fake news" sources, unreal "reality TV," entrenched political bias, science deniers, and rampant propagandizing, check your facts before you espouse your opinions or quote falsehoods.
  • Library of Congress The largest repository of primary sources of information aside form the Internet itself--but much easier to find.
  • Snopes "Welcome to Snopes.com, the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."
  • Urban Legends "Where you'll find the most popular urban legends and be entertained with email rumors, recent internet hoaxes and stories you swore actually happened to your friend's, cousin's, pet sitter's, roommate, when she was in college."
  • "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" NPR, 5 Dec. 2016
  • "Truthiness" chart. How does your favorite news source rank?


Week One

Day One

In-class activities: Introductions

Week Two

In Class
1] Pair up with your partner from last week and with another pair of new colleagues whom you do not already know for a "quadrad" discussion. (Not sure if that's a word formerly, but it is NOW!) Assign a moderator, an "encourager," a "devil's advocate" and a group note-taker. Discuss "Why we want/don't want college to be harder than high school." Discuss and list the pros and cons, the educational and professional outcomes (in either case), and be prepared to defend your group's position, with your moderator as the primary (but not the sole) presenter of your case. 2] Discuss and annotate
the reading as an example for the annotated bibliography which is due on Thursday. Use Model #31 in the Little Seagull Handbook with MLA Research section for these on-line sources.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/18/18: Make an annotated biblography of these sources--six sentences each. First analyzes the source, second assesses the writer's credibility, the next four summarize the most important information form the articles. List alphabetically

Week Three

Tuesday 1/23/18 In class: 1] Discuss completion of the annotated bibliography. Demonstration: Speechnotes voice-to-text tool 2] Discuss results of the pre-semester survey (and submission of late work). 3] Group work: Finish the annotated bibliography

Grading criteria for annotated bibliography (6 points possible):

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/25/18:

Thursday 1/25/18 In class. Group then class discussion: Type your group's response to the following questions. (A) What are five things that make Prof. Richardson’s video unsuccessful as a piece of persuasive communication? What are two things that it communicates successfully? (B) What are five things that make Prof.  DeCoster’s video successful as a piece of persuasive communication? What are two things that are unsuccessful in it? Your answers, following our full class discussion, will be the main part of your first Learning Journal entry, so save the work for instructions that will follow for how to complete the first Learning Journal entry.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/30/18:

Week Four

Tuesday 1/30/18 In class: 1] Discuss the cell phone articles. 2] Discuss the course syllabus and complete it with regard to cell phone policy. 3] Discuss and distribute NQAs. 4] Group discussion/activity with the Orwell readings.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/1/18:

Thursday 2/1/18 In class: 1] Readings for note-taking:

Week Five

Tuesday 2/6/18 In class group activity: Ethos, Pathos, Logos work sheets

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/8/18:

Thursday 2/8/18 In class: Discuss Spicer article

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/13/18:

Week Six

Tuesday 2/13/18 In class: 1] Discuss responses to the "Anlyzing an Article" activity, which was posted as a "test" in BBd (Week Four). Open it in BBd and read the comments I embedded in the grading rubric as we discuss it. 2] Discuss Orwell readings/notes. Tell me what you learned about "The Dude"! 3] Left. Right, Center? Where do popular publications stand on the "truthiness" scale? 4] Discuss Learning Journals

Thursday 2/15/18 In class: 1] Write Learning Journal entry #1 for weeks five and six. 2] Discuss assignment posted in BBd Announcement and Google Spreadsheet

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/20/18:

Week Seven

Tuesday 2/20/18 In class: 1] Discuss MarketWatch news sources graphic/article. 2] Introduction: Newspeak & Doublethink = "Doublespeak"

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