R. Dollieslager's English 112
Weekly Schedule, Spring 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College

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English 112 course syllabus

Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Summer 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
  • 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.
  • Fact Checker. A service of The Washington Post
  • 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

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

Monday 1/22/18 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 Wednesday, 1/24/18:

Wednesday 1/24/18 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 Friday, 1/26/18:

Homework assignment for Monday 1/29/18:

Week Four

Monday 1/29/18 In class: 1] Discuss the cell phone articles and annotated bibliography. 2] Discuss the course syllabus and complete it with regard to cell phone policy. 3] Discuss and distribute NQAs. 4] Discuss the pre-semester survey results. 5] Do the Google forms documentation conventions survey

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/31/18:

Wednesday 1/31/18 In class: 1] Do the Google forms documentation conventions survey; invitation link sent to your college email 2] Group discussion/activity with the Orwell readings.

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/5/18:

Week Five

Monday 2/5/18 In class: 1] Little Seagull Handbook search. Who will be first to find the MLA's conventions for capitalizing titles of articles, journals, websites, magazines, books, etc. In what section of the handbook can the rules be found? What do they tell us? 2] Group note-taking, more on Orwell!

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/7/18:

Wednesday 2/7/18 In class: 1] at 2:00, discuss the "Analyzing an Article" assignment. 2] at 3:30 group activity: Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/12/18:

Week Six

Monday 2/12/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss responses to "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] Describe evidence of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Broich's essay.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/14/18:

Wednesday 2/14/18 In class: 1] Discuss Orwell readings/notes. Tell me what you learned about "The Dude"! 2] Discuss the readings and Dive Deeper: Pizzagate, the (almost) whole story. 3] Left. Right, Center? Where do popular publications stand on the "truthiness" scale? 4] Discuss Learning Journals


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