R. Dollieslager's English 111 Daily Schedule, Summer 2005

The summer semester is over. Now relax.

A Tentative Schedule of Projects, Summer 2005
English 111-01, Computer-Mediated Composition

This schedule for the summer term is subject to change based on class discussion and progress on assignments. I will add links to resources and elaborate on the projects as they come up, making changes to the schedule almost daily.

Since this is a summer class, we should all be outside somewhere having fun instead of sitting in some dusty old cubbyhole. Therefore, much of your homework for this class will be to get out and have fun. And then we're going to write about that fun. The first paper, I'll call a "hidden treasure" essay. Then we will do a restaurant review, an entertainment review, and either a descriptive analysis of a major attraction in the area, or a persuasive piece called "what this area really needs is..." The final major project will be the web folio.

The culmination of your summer writings will be an on-line database (or a class publication if you wish to look at it that way) of information about how to have fun in our part of Virginia during the summer.

Last Updated: 7/20/05, 10:30 p.m.

Essay projects for the Summer term

Week One

Tues. 5/24
In-class: Discuss objectives, view web folios from previous semesters. Make an email account (if necessary), register with Geocities, begin making your web site.. Discuss paper #1.

Instructions for registering with Geocities for web page building.
Instructions for uploading a document file to Geocities Web Page Builder.
Instructions for uploading a picture or other .jpg image to Geocities Web Page Builder.

Reading assignment for Thursday, 5/25:
1. Defines what an essay is and what a thesis statement is. In addition to the link provided, read sections 3 and 4 of the Writing Essentials handbook.

2. Read this article about web folios (electronic portfolios) and be ready to answer some questions about why you might want to have a web site and how you can use it for your own purposes.

3. Read at least six student essays from Summer 2001 or Summer 2003 describing a "hidden treasure" (or a little known or minor attraction in the area). Identify the thesis statements of at least six of the essays (write or type them out to be turned in, but keep a copy for yourself for class discussion).

4. Go to the Daily Press online, select the "Entertainment" link in the frame to the left, and use the "search events" feature to preview the variety of local events that will be happening around the area this summer. Over 150 are listed. From that list, be ready to discuss what you plan to attend or participate in, and write about. Likewise, take the "movies" link from the "Entertainment" menu and preview some of the essay-length movie reviews. In addition, take the "Restaurants" link from the left menu frame and find essay-length reviews of a couple of restaurants you are familiar with.

Thurs. 5/25
In-class discussion: Define what an essay is and what a thesis statement is based on the readings from the Guide to Grammar and Writing and sections 3 and 4 of the Writing Essentials handbook.
In-class discussion: Summer paper topics

Week Two

Tues. 5/31
In-class workshop: Composing the first essay.

Assignment for Thursday, 6/2:
1. Finish composing your first essay and bring it with you to class on disk and printed out. All hard copy of essays this semester will be typed and double spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point fonts.
2. Read and refer to section 5 (pages 22-28) of the Writing Essentials handbook for guidelines on revision and peer review. In addition, Read this revision and editing advice and checklist from the Guide to Grammar and Writing at Capital Community and Technical College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Essays will be turned in after peer review at the end of class on Thursday, 6/2.
3. Get registered, or finish registering with Geocities, outside of class. I think this process will be successful if you try it at times when there is not heavy volumn of access and use of the Geocities service.

Thurs. 6/2
Exchange papers with others in your "pod" and apply the evaluation criteria suggested in section 5 of the Writing Essentials handbook, the revision section of the GGW, and, most particularly, those outlined in my posted evaluation guidesheet for the project. About 90 minutes
Revise, edit, perfect your papers. About 60 minutes.

Assignment for Tuesday, 6/7:
1. Do some "experiential research" for your next paper!!

2. Read why we have to take these stinking communication classes in college: A. professional communication skills interviews: Index #1, Index #2. B. The following press release from the College Board (publishers of the SAT college entrance exam) describes the results of a huge national survey of employment skills. "Writing Skills Necessary for Employment, Says Big Business" Writing can be a ticket to professional jobs, says blue-ribbon group... C. The hard copy hand out: "The Fine Art of Getting it Down on Paper, Fast"

Week Three

Tues. 6/7
In-class workshop: close reading and editing, a collaborative exercise.

Assignment for Thursday, 6/9:
8 a.m. section: All of the group exercises had sentence boundary errors, where you had recast the Williams poem and punctuated it as a prose description of the Breughel painting. I want you to re-read and correctly punctuate that passage in complete, grammatically correct sentences--no fragments, no run-ons. Take the links I provide here (from the previous "hot words") to the Guide to Grammar and Writing's sections on sentences, fragments, and run-ons.

Very important!!

If you have not yet successfully registered with Geocities, try again, numerous times if need be, so that we can forge ahead with web folio development.

We will do a Geocities workshop in which I will show you how to save word processed documents in the correct ".html" format to upload to your web folios. I will also demonstrate how to upload image files to your web folios, so if you have any digital images (photos, for instance) which you wish to use in your web folio, bring them with you on disk or send them to yourself in email. If you have print photos that you want to use in your web folio, you may bring them and go to the Academic Computing Lab to scan them and save them to disk. Should be great fun if you are prepared!

Thurs. 6/9
In-class: 1. Discuss the Icarus exercise and turn it in for evaluation. 2. Geocities workshop, uploading essays and image files.

In-class workshop: close reading and editing, a collaborative exercise.

Assignment for Tuesday, 6/14:
Conduct "experiential research" for the summer projects.

Week Four

Tues. 6/14
I will be out of town for an OnCourse work shop in rural Maryland from Saturday through Tuesday. Your assignment during class time today is to do your "experiential homework."

Thurs. 6/16
Today's agenda: composing workshop. Start writing the second paper, for which you did your experiential research this past week.

Week Five

Tues. 6/21
Group project: Prepare presentation on various editing conventions assigned to your group.

Assignment for Thursday, 6/23:
1. Finish drafting paper two. 2. Finish preparing the group presentations about editing conventions. 3. Bring essay number 1 with you in print and electronic copy, and bring my evaluation sheet as well. You will need these for class on Thursday. 4. IF you have not successfully registered with GeoCities.com to build a web site, email me NOW so that I can plan an alternative (collaborative) project for you to do.

And now for something completely different:
You may think you've seen pretty much everything there is to see on the Internet. And you may be wrong about that. I don't want to say that this is having fun with someone else's misery (because I don't know exactly what the heck it is), but this is certainly a unique site. (At least I hope it is unique): Crying While Eating.

Thurs. 6/23
In-class: 1. Group presentations on editing conventions. 2. Revising and editing paper #1 to make it perfect!

Week Six

Tues. 6/28
In class collaborative review of editing skills: Work sentence combining exercises
In your group pods today you will read the GGW section on sentence combining, and then work the first sentence combining quiz at the bottom of that section of the GGW.

Geocities workshop: Post the revisions and corrections to paper #1 in your websites.

Assignment for Thursday, 6/30:
1. Be ready to turn in paper #2 at the start of class.

2. If you are in the group which was not able to register with Geocities, check your email immediately. There is good news from me. (Monique, your email came back to me unreceived, so I don't have your correct address. Mr. D.)

Thurs. 6/30
First, if you did not do so on Tuesday, then turn in the marked copy of paper #1 with the evaluation sheet and write out the URL to your corrected copy of that paper which will be posted in your webfolio. I will need to access your webfolios to ensure that you have made the revisions and corrections, and I will award credit accordingly, so you must give me the correct URL for this paper.

Second, form into groups of three to exchange paper #2 and do peer review. Read each of the other two papers in your group and then discuss each paper individually, making suggestions to the author for improvements, comments on the things that work well or that you particularly like in the paper, and calling to the writer's attention what you think may be editing errors. Make any corrections or revisions to paper #2 and then turn it in to me with an evaluation sheet for that topic within two hours of the start of class.

Third, in the final 45 minutes of class, we will brainstorm topics for, and discuss the nature of, the final project, a group researched paper on "What we really need around here is..."

Assignment for Tuesday, 7/5:
1. Do your experiential research for paper #3 (there should be plenty of opportunities to have fun over the holiday weekend!), and begin drafting paper #3.
2. Read the following guidelines for compiling works cited entries for Internet-based sources.
Additional points to consider when compiling and presenting works cited from Internet-based sources.
Peruse the guidelines for documenting sources, following MLA conventions, from the on-line Guide to Grammar and Writing. Bookmark this direct link to the guidelines because you will be using it often: http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml

Week Seven

Tues. 7/5
Guidelines for compiling works cited entries for Internet-based sources.
Additional points to consider when compiling and presenting works cited from Internet-based sources.
In class: Works cited exercise ("quiz")

The Landmark Project's citation machine should be of assistance in developing the works cited entries for this and other researched assignments you write. However, bear in mind that you, and not a computer program, have to assume responsibility for the correctly formatted documentation of sources, so compare your citation machine results with the guidelines and models in Section 11 of the Writing Essentials handbook and in the research paper sections of the GGW.

Assignments for Thursday, 7/7: 1. Read this advice on writing summaries 2. Turn in the works cited exercise ("quiz") at the start of class. 3. Turn in paper #3 at the start of class

This is the direct link to the GGW section on writing summaries without plagiarizing: http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/plagiarism.shtml

DUE: Paper #3, at the start of class. Also the works cited exercise.

Thurs. 7/7
I won't be with you in class today, so here is what you are to do.
1. The works cited exercise: Compare your works cited with some of your colleagues' and discuss which are correct or why not. Use the resources that I have suggested to make them correct. Don't number your responses, but rather format them as a works cited page, alphabetized by the first letter of the first line of each entry. Turn these exercises in to me today by either placing them in my mail box in my Division's mail room (room 852 on the first floor of Templin Hall), or by emailing them to me as an email attachment in MS Word or RTF format. (You can copy and paste my email address into your email reader. It is dollier@tncc.edu )
2. Paper # 3: Exchange yours with one or two colleagues for feedback on both content and editing concerns. Don't edit (i.e., "correct") each other's papers, but rather point out obvious editing errors for the writer to consider and correct as he or she feels appropriate. Turn these papers in to me today by either placing them in my mail box in my Division's mail room (room 852 on the first floor of Templin Hall), or by emailing them to me as an email attachment in MS Word or RTF format. (You can copy and paste my email address into your email reader. It is dollier@tncc.edu )
3. Final paper: Email me today with the topic of your final paper. If others in your class are working on the same or very similar topics, I will connect you via email so that you may decide if you wish to collaborate on the assignment. Or you may discuss a collaborative topic with your colleagues and let me know whom you will team up with if you have decided to collaborate. (You can copy and paste my email address into your email reader. It is dollier@tncc.edu )
Emailing me. If you email me your essay and works cited exercise rather than placing them in my mail box in room 852, send me just one email with the topic for your final paper and the two attachments. Type your name in the subject line of the email so that I know that it is not spam, which I delete without reading.

Week Eight

Tues. 7/12
Discussion: Writing summaries
Composing workshop. Researched paper: "What we really need around here is..."

Thurs. 7/14
Researched papers due at the end of class.

Week Nine

Tues. 7/19
I have another travel day today and so I won't be joining you. Review each others web folios and help to make them good. Use these evaluation guidelines to make your web folios as good as they can possibly be.
Web folios due at the end of class. No extensions, no exceptions.

Thurs. 7/21
All of the assignments have been posted on this web page since the day the class began, so there is no reason that they should not have been completed. I will have mini-conferences during our final class to go over webfolios and your grades for the term. I will submit grades at the end of your class today, so this is it. If you aren't in class for the final, I will have to submit your grade based on the projects that I have and that I can access from your webfolio. Don't even ask for any extensions.

I hope you had fun this semester, since that was your assignment.

Mr. D.

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