English 115: Technical Writing:
Spring 2014
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

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Last Updated, 1 May 2014, 3:30 a.m.

F2F Office Hours: Mon-Weds 9:30-12:30 & Tues-Thurs 10:00-11:00 in room 874 (my office)
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Online Office Hours: Tues-Weds 6:00-7:15 pm
Email me at dollier@tncc.edu

Resources for English 115

Sample Team Projects, Fall 2013

English 115 course syllabus

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

Tuesday 1/14
In-class Activity: Introductions.

Thursday 1/16
In-class activity: Finish the Hartman survey to get your personality type profile, and discuss the
writing assignment for the Hartman profiles.

This is an "Easter Egg": Write a story for your local newspaper describing how your group survived the crash experience. Include in it the items you salvaged and their uses. Also include the "unique" detail that each of your group members shared about yourselves in the first week of class.

Take the Hartman Personality Profile

Slide show for discussing the personality colors

Hartman Reading/Writing Assignments for Eng. 111/ENF 3 classes.

Assignments for 1/21:
1] Draft
a one-page discussion of your Hartman Profile results per the instructions on the assignment page.
2] Save it electronically on your portable storage device and also somewhere else so that you can access it from the classroom. That can be as an email attachment, in DropBox, on Google Docs., or your preferred method of saving things "to the cloud."

Week Two

Tuesday 1/21
In-class Activity: 1] Revising your Hartman profile into our
standard memo format. (A four-point assignment) 2] View and anaylze the advice of these two professors on how to email your professors. Prof. Richardson's advice. Professor DeCoster's advice.

Assignments for 1/23:
Draft
a one-page memo outlining appropriate and inappropriate ways to communicate with your professor via email, the "do's and the don't's" of emailing.
Read Chapters 1 and 2.

Thursday 1/23

Week Three

Tuesday 1/28 Classes are cancelled and the college is closed after 2 p.m. today.
In-class Activity: 1] Discuss your draft memo on the do's and don't's of emailing. 2] Develop a class policy document outlining how we will communicate with each other professionally via email. 3] Discuss Chapters 1 and 2.

Thursday 1/30 Snowed out again! :-(

Week Four

Tuesday 2/4
In-class Activity: 1] Discuss your draft memo on the do's and don't's of emailing. 2] Develop a class policy document outlining how we will communicate with each other professionally via email.

Assignments for 2/6:
Bring in letter head stationery
from your company, agency, dept., service unit, church, civic organization, a community organization, etc.
Read Chapters 1 and 2.

Thursday 2/6
In-class Activity: 1] Finish the email policy poster. 2] Discuss the
Hartman revisions. 3] Use the handbook and its exercises to correct editing errors on the Hartman memos:

Assignments for 2/10:
Bring in letterhead stationery
from your company, agency, dept., a gov't agency, etc.
Revise the Hartman profile memos per our class discussion. In paragraph 1 of the memo, be sure to explain who Hartman is (thereby establishing his credibility and, therefore, the authenticity of his research on personality types) and, in general, what the four colors represent about the four personality types. Don't go into great depth; however, one word (power, peace, fun, intimacy) does not convey much meaning to your audience. In paragraph 2, be sure that you SHOW that your generalizations about your personality traits are true by giving specific, concrete details: i.e., incidents that could be recorded on videotape. We can't videotape an idea or a generalization or a feeling, correct? We can videotape something that actually happened, so SHOW us.
Be prepared to answer questions from Chapters 1 and 2.

Week Five

Tuesday 2/11
In-class Activity: 1] Turn in your revision of the Hartman memo along with the original. 2] Turn in letterhead stationery. 3] Discuss Chap. One. 4] Group memo: Apply guidelines for technical communicaton to the document on page 16. Finish outside of class via collaboration software to submit at the start of class on Thursday.

Assignments for 2/12:
Finish your group memo outside of class via collaboration software to submit at the start of class on Thursday. Grading rubric: 1 pt. for format, 2 pts. for content, 1 pt. for editing = 4 pts possible.
Read Chapter 3, pages 41-55
Read a current article about science or technology from an online newspaper, such as The New York Times or USA Today. Were the six journalistic questions (who, what, when, where, why, and how) answered in the article? Make a list of the answers and bring a copy of the article with you either electronically or printed out. You will discuss these in your base group on Wednesday. If not everyone has done the homework, I will collect it from those who have done it in order to award credit points.

Thursday 2/13
In-class Activity: 1] Turn in your group memo providing feedback to the resume writer. 2] In base groups, discuss the 6-questions activity assigned as homework. 3] Begin the homework assignment while your colleagues are here to consult with.

Assignment for 2/18:
Open the attached
document 3.1 from page 55 and follow the instructions for assignment #2 on page 54. It is due at the start of class on Tuesday
Read Chapter 4

Week Six

Tuesday 2/18
In-class Activity: 1] Discuss the format for document 3.1, reformat it (if necessary) and print it out. 2] Purposes of punctuation, "
Dear John" 3] What is the cost of good editing skills? Would you give me $2 million for a comma?

Assignment for 2/20:
Read Chapter 4, on collaborating and team building (It is very important that you do this prior to class on Thursday. Easy chapter to read, so git 'er dun.)

Thursday 2/20
In-class Activity: Team building case study, The Group from Hell

Assignment for 2/25:
Write a memo addressed to "Professor Rogers' Trial Team." Give each character in the case study your best advice about how to achieve a more successful outcome than a grade of D in a "do-over" of their group project which re-enacted a trial.

Week Seven

Tuesday 2/25
In-class Activity:
SURVIVE! Discuss and create a Google share to work on this outside of class.

Assignment for 2/27:
On your group document, list the above 12 items in order of importance for your survival.  List the uses for each. You MUST come to agreement as a group.

Thursday 2/27
In-class Activity: 1] Read and analyze news stories. 2] Write a story for your local newspaper describing how your group survived the crash experience. Include in it the items you salvaged and their uses. Also include the "unique" detail that each of your group members shared about yourselves in the first week of class. How will you cover the 6 W's? What will be your strategy for organizing the story? From what "point of view" will the story be written (i.e., 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person).

Assignment for 3/11:
Finish your news story about how your group survived the plane crash. Due at the start of class on Tuesday, 3/1. Here is the prompt again: Write a story for your local newspaper describing how your group survived the crash experience. Include in it the items you salvaged and their uses. Also include the "unique" detail that each of your group members shared about yourselves in the first week of class. How will you cover the 6 W's? What will be your strategy for organizing the story? From what "point of view" will the story be written (i.e., 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person).

Week Eight

Tuesday 3/11
In-class Activity: 1] Finish your group news story to turn in by the end of class today. 2] If you finish early, begin the
information literacy/research tutorials, which are due for completion before 2:00 on 3/18. (Appx. 5-6 hours of homework.)

Assignment for 3/13:
Modules 1-3 of the information literacy/research tutorials (appx. 2 hours)

Thursday 3/13
In-class Activity:
1] Let's have some fun starting our web folios. Log in to MyTNCC and go to Gmail to get started. 2] Group evaluation for yourself and your fellow survivors. The link is in your college email. Fill out an evaluation for yourself and each member of your group. I will be the only person to read the evaluations; they are completely confidential.

Assignment for 3/17:
Modules 4-7 of the the information literacy/research

Week Nine

Tuesday 3/18
In-class, preparing for group writing, Activity I:
Writing concisely--lesson one, sentence combining. Form into your base groups, and I will tell you what to do next.

Assignments for 3/20, two short memos:
1. A bulleted memo to me reporting your scores for each of the seven modules of the information literacy tutorials and your score on the review test
2. Sentence combining exercises. Do these, which we will share in class, and separately do these two paragraphs ("Pinball Machines" and "Street Musician") to submit in a memo to me to be graded.
3. Today, please do the group evaluation that I sent to you in email if you haven't filled it our already so that I may finish grading the group survival news stories.

Thursday 3/20
In-class: Discuss and brainstorm topics for the group problem/solution project.

Assignments for 3/25:
1] Read Chapter VI, pages 119-147
2] Collect data: What's Wrong at TNCC? What's working well that we want to make better? What is the one thing that TNCC should fix?

Week Ten

Tuesday 3/25
In-class: Discuss feasible problem/solution topics

Thursday 3/27
In-class: Base groups decide on problem/solution project focus and your Team Name

Assignments for 4/1:
1] Decide your Team Name
2] Determine your problem/solution group project topic
3] Compose a group memo which (1) establishes your team name and your rationale for the team name; and (2) describes the problem your team will focus on and why you selected this topic.

Week Eleven & Twelve are "Hybrid Weeks*"

Tuesday 4/1
In-class: 1] Preview Chapter 16,
Writing Proposals. 2] Make a preliminary research/information gathering plan and compose a memo to me describing the topic, how you will research it, and what you hope the outcomes to be. Note: this is NOT your formal Project Proposal, but rather a draft of your plan for the scope of your project.

*Hybrid Weeks: This week and next, we will meet on Tuesday, but not on Thursday. This does NOT mean you will have nothing to do, but rather that you will need to make arrangements with your team to meet remotely, cybernetically, or f2f outside of the classroom.

Assignments for 4/3:
Read Chapter 16

Thursday 4/3
In-class: We won't meet in the classroom today; rather use this time to get together with your team either f2f or remotely or even asynchronously to keep your planning in motion.

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Week Twelve: Hybrid Week

Tuesday 4/8
In-class activities: 1] View problem/solution proposals and presentations from 2013, listed below. 2]

Thursday 4/10
We do not meet in the classroom today.
Activities: During class, you may meet with your team face-to-face, or you may make plans to meet online instead, either synchronously or asynchronously, but hold your meeting--however you decide to do it. Keep meeting notes and log attendance and participation. In one week your team will submit a progress report, and one week later the paper form of the project is due. I will see you all on Monday. Good luck, folks!

Week Thirteen

Tuesday 4/15
In-class activities: 1] Meet and work on your group project. 2] Please take this survey
about BlackBoard from the M-W 115 class

Thursday 4/17
In-class activities: 1] Check out your colleagues surveys! Respond to the following on-line surveys (no need to print--the forms save your information on line): TNCC Admissions/Registration Survey; Hampton III Parking Survey; TNCC Student Blackboard Survey; and, if you cut class today, copy this survey on TNCC Traffic and paste it into an email to send to the addressee at the bottom of the page. 2] Finish your progress report memo today.

Week Fourteen

Tuesday 4/22
In-class activities: Meet and work on your group project.

Thursday 4/24
In-class activities: Finish the group project. Due at the end of class today

Assignments for 4/29:
Webfolio week!! Work on your homepage. Google sites webfolio
help pages

Sample webfolios:
Fall 2013 Eng 111/ENF 3
Summer 2013 Eng 111
Summer 2011 Eng 111

Note: Some of the webfolios may be inactive, and some may require you to be logged in to MyTNCC before viewing, so you may want to go ahead and log in before clicking the links to my former students' webfolios.

Week Fifteen

Tuesday 4/29
In-class activities: In-class activities: 1] Edit group presentation 2] Webfolio workshop. 2] Discuss qualities of a good resume from Chapter 15

Thursday 5/1
In-class activities: Preview/review resumes. Submit them today.

Assignments for 5/8:
Fill out the self-evaluation and group evaluation form when it is ready.
Webfolio development: Revise, proofread, edit your work that will go into your webfolio (the assignments marked for your webfolio on your grade review sheet). When editing your works in the webfolio follow the instructions below:

Week Sixteen

Thursday 5/8 Final is 1:30-4:00
In-class activities: 1] Group presentations 2]
Group and self evaluations 3] Submit webfolios. When editing your works in the webfolio follow the instructions below:

Your Webfolios: Work you should be proud of!


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