English 111 & English Fundamentals (ENF) 3, Fall 2013
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College
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Week 1

Note on Grading: From Chapter 6 to the end of the e-book, I will record points for your Aplia lesson scores from each chapter as follows:

  • 85% and above = 3 points
  • 70-84% = 2 points
  • 60-69% = 1 point

These are opportunities for accumulating significant point totals, in that an essay grade can total 6 points, so reading two chapters and acing them will earn the equivalent of the max points on an essay. Dive deep!

Grading Criteria for all Essays and projects, and the 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.

Take the Hartman Personality Profile

Slide show for discussing the personality colors

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

--Week One--

Wednesday 8/21/13
In-class activities: 1]
Housekeeping/course introductions. 2] Register for MindTap's College Reading textbook

--Week Two--

Monday 8/26/13
In-class activities: Register
MindTap's College Reading textbook and preview Chap 1

Homework for Wednesday 8/28:
Read from the Introduction through section 1-4 of the Zadina College Reading textbook on-line (in MindTap)
Write answers on separate note pages to the questions that are asked in the text. On Wednesday, I will show you how to answer questions using your note-taking features in the MindTap reading environment. Or, you can do that on your own if you can figure out how. Have fun with this reading environment!

Wednesday 8/28/13
In-class activities: 1] Read part of Chap 1 together and get familiar with the MindTap "apps" features, marking text, read/speaker, etc. 2] Register for access to Aplia for Basic Writing 1 editing and grammar lessons, and do the tutorial lessons and the diagnostic test. Note: you will not get graded instantly on the diagnostic, nor will you be able to select different answers if you are incorrect, so pay close attention to the questions.

Homework for Friday 8/30, 10:00 p.m.:
Grammar/Writing Lessons:
Aplia Basic Writing 1, a) Introduction to Aplia Lessons, b) Diagnostic Assessment

Homework for class on Wednesday 9/4:
View these videos FIRST:

the rest of Chap 1. in College Reading: The Science and Strategies of Expert Readers
USE the app functions of the MindTap reader (Here are some notes on the ones we have used so far.)
Grammar/Writing Lessons: Aplia Basic Writing 1, a) Nouns, b) Past Tense, c) Subjects & Verbs, d) Developing Effective Paragraphs

--Week Three--

Wednesday 9/4/13
In-class activities: 1] discuss how the brain develops during learning, 2] write about your brain

Homework for Monday 9/9:
Type, revise and edit your in-class paragraph summarizing the NHLP according to Smilkstein's description of how we learn.
Write a separate paragraph of about 150-200 words. Think about a skill, activity, or body of knowledge you have mastered which you have learned outside of school. Describe how you learned that skill through the six stages of the NHLP; i.e., what did YOU do in each stage of the NHLP--your motivation, how you began to practice, how you developed the ability, how you knew you had reached skillfulness, etc.

--Week Four--

Monday 9/9/13 1] Finish the syllabus, 2] Discuss the two paragraphs. 3] Reconstruct "What I have Lived For," Bertrand Russell's 5-paragraph theme which introduces his autobiography. 4] Do Aplia questions for Chapter 1 of College Reading as a group project.

Homework for Wednesday 9/11
Compose another paragraph about the NHLP. Here is the topic sentence: "Another thing I learned from Smilkstein's research is that emotions affect learning. What she means by that is ---------------------." In the rest of the paragraph you will SHOW how YOU will use this knowledge (that emotions control our ability to learn) in specific learning situations. These may be test-taking, speech-making, studying, participating in class, conferencing with your instructor, working through your computer activities in MathLab or Aplia, etc. To draw on specific examples, think about times that you have already experienced in learning situations where you NOW know that you could not perform well because of the pressence of stress
Preview/RE-view the five paragraph essay video, and the five-paragraph theme general instructions from Study Guides and Strategies, an excellent source to know
Write! After finishing the third body paragraph, revise the paragraphs into an essay by adding a good introductory paragraph and a good concluding paragraph.
Type, proofread, edit your 5-paragraph essay. Bring a printed copy of it with you to class on Wednesday and bring it with you in electronic copy saved in at least two different places.
Review the NHLP Power Point
Use your notes about the qualities of the Russell essay and the essay itself as a model for good thesis statements, transitions, and concluding paragraphs: "What I Have Lived For" by Bertrand Russell.

Wednesday 9/11/13 1] 1] Peer review drafts of NHLP essays using the information on the handout and the Revision Checklist from the online GGW. 2] Discuss grading criteria and 3] Preview Chapter 2 of College Reading.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/16/13:
Read Chapter 2 of College Reading, through section 2C

Revise and edit your NHLP essay. It will be collected at the start of class on Monday; we will not work on it in class.

--Week Five--

Monday 9/16/13 1] Quiz on Chap. 2, through 2C 2] "The Late Paper" case study 3] Read from On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life: "Adopting a Creator Mindset"

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/18/13:
Read from On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life: "Adopting a Creator Mindset"

Wednesday 9/18/13 1] View a video of a Creator: "Imagine!" 2] Begin the errors analysis project. 3] Discuss Creators and Victims paragraphs.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/23/13:
Draft two paragraphs, one will be about a person you know who plays the Victim role, the second will be about a person you know who is a Creator. Through specific, concrete examples of things these individuals say or do, or have said or have done, SHOW
that each is a Victim or a Creator. The paragraphs should be about 150-200 words in length (each).

--Week Six--

Monday 9/23/13 In-class, session one 11-12:15: 1] Writing Workshop/Mini-conferences. Partner up and exchange Creator and Victim paragraphs. Give each other feed back on descriptive details in the paragraphs. You need to SHOW that the folks you describe are Creators and Victims, and not just TELL us. (In other words, you can't just "claim" that they are. You have to PROVE it!!) 2] Mini-Conferences with Mr. D. about your NHLP papers during the peer collaboration and revising workshop. 3] Session two, 12:30-1:20 -- Revise and edit your Creators and Victims paragraphs OR do Aplia supplemental lessons on Chap. Two of College Reading: (Etc . . .), i.e., in the MindTap logon, during Mini-Conferences.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/25/13:
Finish revising the two paragraphs we worked on in class

Do the supplemental Aplia lessons for Chapter Two
Fix the errors on the Chap. 2 test (which I returned) AFTER doing the Chap. 2 Aplia lessons. You will total 2 points (full credit) if you make ALL of the corrections.

Wednesday 9/25/13 1] Discuss Creators and Victims paragraphs and how YOU can create your success this semester by acting the Creator role.

Remember, that "Creator" and "Victim" describe our attitudes about ourselves and about life. What will/should you do about your attitude or your mindset in order to act as a Creator? This reading and these videos will help illustrate what I mean about changing your attitude to change your results. View and read them!

2] In-class writing assignment: First, revise your Creator and your Victim paragraph if you are not fully on mark, now that we viewed the videos about these attitudes. Then, write a third paragraph on Creators and Victims. In this paragraph, you will describe how you will adopt a Creator attitude, and you will show how you will use Creator behaviors in order to be successful this semester. Be specific. SHOW me!

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/30/13:
Read Chapter 3 through section 3-4a ("Exam Terminology")
Annotate the chapter as you read it (view that 13 minute video first), but use the annotation tools in the MindTap environment
Revise and edit (or simply finish) the paragraph we began in class: How to be a Creator in your role as a student
Due on Thursday, 3 paragraphs: #1 describes a Creator you know, #2 describes a Victim you know, #3 Describes yourself as a Creator. Remember, that "Creator" and "Victim" describe our attitudes about ourselves and about life. What will/should you do about your attitude or your mindset in order to act as a Creator? This reading and these videos will help illustrate what I mean about changing your attitude to change your results.

--Week Seven--

Monday 9/30/13 In-class, session one 11-12:15: 1] Write the test on Section 3 through 3-4a. 2] Begin homework if you finish early. QUIETLY, please: your colleagues are still testing. 3] Session two, 12:30-1:20 -- Using context clues to parse out meanings: "The Story Crossword"

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 10/2/13:
Read and annotate the rest of Chapter 3
Do the Chap. 3 Aplia lessons (Not the Basic Writing 1 Aplia lessons)

Wednesday 10/2/13 In-class, session one 11-12:15: 1] Discuss global revisions and the Errors Analysis project. 2] Session two, 12:30-1:20 -- Fun ways to build vocabulary: Scrabble, Whirly Word, Word Hero/Word Shaker . . .

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/7/13:
Read and annotate the rest of Chapter 3.
Research some methods for developing vocabularly which are NOT discussed in Chapter 3. We are particularly interesteed in FUN wasy to build vocabulary. Save the source information so that we can develop an annotated bibliography.
Work a Cryptogram and write down the quote and its author when you have finished it. You will turn in your quote on Monday!
Preview Chapter 4 (you know how to do that), and . . .

--Week Eight--

Monday 10/7/13
In-class activities: Test on Chap 4.

Wednesday 10/9/13
In-class activities: Discuss global revisions to the NHLP essay, as well as revisions and editing

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/14/13:
the NHLP essay per my suggestions and instructions

--Week Nine--

Monday 10/14/13
In-class activities: Begin the Errors Analysis project

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 10/16/13:
Read: Finish reading Chapter 4
Finish the Errors Analysis project.

Wednesday 10/16/13
In-class activities: 1] Turn in your errors analysis and revisions/corrections to the NHLP essay. 2] Mid-term conferences. 3] Read Chapter 5 and do the Aplia lessons at the end.

Recap of the NHLP research by Dr. Smilkstein

NOTE: I have reactivated the Basic Writing 1 lessons related to the editing errors that were most frequent on the first draft of the NHLP essays. Review these lessons in the areas that are giving you difficulty prior to finishing your errors analysis project.

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/21/13:
Read: Finish reading Chapter 5
Do the Aplia lessons for Chapter 5
Do the Basic Writing 1 lessons in the areas that I have marked at the top of the first draft of your essays until you score 75% or better on each one. I will record this for a grade

--Week Ten--

Monday 10/21/13
In-class activities: 1] Preview Chapter 6. 2] Begin reading Chapter Six and annotating it with the note taking and marking tools in MindTap.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 10/23/13:
Read: Finish reading Chapter 6
Work the Aplia lessons in Chapter 6. These are due before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. I will start recording grades on your Chapter Aplia lessons with Chapter 6, so be conscientious when you do the lessons.

Monday 10/23/13 1st a NOTE: Only 10 members of this class completed the Chapter 6 Aplia lessons. Tonight I will record your Chapter 6 Aplia lesson scores as follows: 80% or better earns 3 points; 70%-79% earns 2 points; and 505-70% earns 1 point. If you you are delinquent in finishing those lessons, this is your last chance to finish them for points.
In-class activities: 1] Begin "The Importance of Good Grammar" reading/writing project. 2] Preview Chapter 7

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/28/13:
Read: Finish reading Chapter 7
Work the Aplia lessons in Chapter 7.
View the videos on citing and avoiding plagiarism in the Class Resources box at the top of the page.
Draft and type the paragraph we started in class

--Week Eleven--

Monday 10/28/13
In-class activities: 1] Peer review the importance of grammar paraphrased paragraph from the Adams and Weins articles. 2] Add parenthetical citation and works cited to the paragraphs and turn them in for a grade along with the vocabulary work sheet and the paraphrase prep. work sheet, by 12 noon. 3] Noon-12:15, access the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U. S. Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics to research a paragraph paraphrasing the communication, grammar, and editing skills you will need to succeed in your chosen profession.

Homework due for Wednesday, 10/30/13, start of class:
Two paragraphs (150-200 words each): 1] A revised and documented paragraph paraphrasing the Adams and Weins articles, 2] a paragraph paraphrasing the O.O.H. description of the grammar, editing, and general communication skills you will need in order to succeed in your future professiojn

Wednesday 10/30/13
In-class activities: 1] Self-assessing the paragraph from the O.O.H. about your professional communication skills. Does your paragraph answer all the prompts in Phase One? If it does not, your research is not complete, and your paragraph will not earn a good grade, so let's find the information. You may have to dive a little deeper. 2] Let's move on to the next phase of the project.

Homework due for Monday, 11/4/13
Bring your freewrite
with you to class on Monday because we will need them for small group and class discussion. We will continue with Phase Three of the paragraph writing page called "How can I communicate professionally?"
Chapter 6 & 7 Aplia lessons have already been assigned and, if I have time, I will record the grades for those lessons this evening.

--Week Twelve--

Monday 11/4/13
In-class activities: 1] In-class activity--Grammar Notebooks collaboration: Use handbook section of the Norton Field Guide to Writing or the G.G.W. or Purdue OWL from the following "OWL" links. OWL stands for Online Writing Labs--handbooks, workbooks, help desks. My favorite on-line handbook/workbook is also linked here. It is the Guide to Grammar and Writing. 2] Discuss the second revisions to the NHLP essays and begin making them.

Homework due for Wednesday, 11/6/13
Finish your grammar notes activity
that we began together in class. If you wish to collaborate with your colleagues, you may do so face-to-face by meeting together, or on line by posting your document on Google Docs and giving your colleagues access to it by using their email addresses. OR you may finish it on your own.
Do this sentence patterns activity, following the instructions on the page.

Wednesday 11/6/13 Firsties: Folks, don't axe me why English is hard
In-class activities: 1] Preview Chapter 8. 2] Read Chap. 8, use the annotating tools, and work the Chap. 8 Aplia lessons at the end of the chapter while Mr. D. is mini-conferencing. 3] Mini-conference individually with Mr. D. about the paraphrasing assignment (Adams and Weins) while your colleagues are quietly reading and annotating Chap. 8. 4] Discuss revising the grammar and professional communication paragraphs into an essay.

Note on Grading: From Chapter 6 to the end of the e-book, I will record points for your Aplia Chapter Lesson scores as follows: 85% and above will earn 3 points per chapter. 70-84% will earn 2 points, and 60-69% will earn 1 point. These are opportunities for accumulating significant point totals, in that an essay grade can total 6 points, so reading two chapters and acing them will earn the equivalent of the max points on an essay.

Homework due for Monday, 11/11/13
Finish drafting/revising the essay
on grammar and professional communication
Finish reading and annotating Chap. 8
Do the Chap. 8 Aplia lessons
Edit, revise, and bring your NHLP essay with you to class on Monday in electronic form. You will need it on Monday.

--Week Thirteen--

Monday 11/11/13
Resetting to last Wednesday's derailed agenda: 1] Chapter 8 test. (Note: You have to score 75% of better on the test, and your records have to show me that you spent time reading the chapter before I will record your Aplia points for the chapters because a lot of folks have not been reading the chapters.) 2]Mini-conferences with Mr. D on the Adams/Weins paraphrase assignment and on grades to date in Eng 111/ENF 3] Group-up to discuss your examples for sentence patterns 1-8 Let's ALL discuss sentence patterns 9 and 10 together 4] Discuss revising the paragraphs on good grammar and communication skills in the professional workplace into an essay on that topic.

Homework due for Wednesday, 11/13/13
Begin reading and annotating
Chap. 9
Begin reworking the 10 reactivated Basic Writing 1 lessons on the punctuation, grammar and editing skills that are most necessary for success in college composition. They time out next Sunday (11/17/13) at 11 p.m. You will need to know this material to revise and edit two essays in the next two weeks.

Wednesday 11/13/13--Cyber Wednesday. We will not meet in the classroom today
Class-time activities: 1] Finish reading and annotating Chapter 9. 2] Work the Aplia lessons on Chapter 9

Homework due for Monday, 11/18/13
Read, annotate, and work the Aplia lessons on Chapter 10

--Week Fourteen--

Monday 11/18/13
Resetting to last Wednesday's derailed agenda: 1] Finding photos using Google search. 2] Discuss the webfolios project. 3] Make your NHLP essay into your first webfolio content page.

Homework due for Wednesday, 11/20/13
Finish building your home page and the NHLP essay page in your webfolio

Wednesday 11/20/13
In class: 1] Mini-conferences on the Adams/Weins paraphrasing exercise (documented paragraph) 2] Discuss how to revise the grammar and professionalism paragraphs into an essay: "Communicating as a Professional"

Homework due for Monday, 11/25/13
Compose the "Communicating as a Professional" essay following the outline in this grading rubric.
Read, annotate, and work the Aplia lessons on Chapter 11

--Week Fourteen.two--

Monday 11/25/13
In-class activitiews: 1] Self-evaluate your essay about communicating as a professional using PaperRater. These are due at the end of class today. 2] Use this rubric to assess the content of your Creator / Victim essay, which you will revise and edit now that you have become a much better editor of your own work. Self-evaluate your essay Creator / Victim essay using PaperRater.

Homework due for Monday, 12/2/13
Revise, document, proofread, edit and, in general, perfect the essay on adopting the Creator mindset. Be sure to use PaperRater to get feedback on your prose, and Natural Reader to hear what it sounds like, listening closely for diction errors such as verb tense shifts and subject / verb and pronoun / antecedent errors.

--Week Fifteen--

Monday 12/2/13
In-class workshop: 1] Work on your webfolios. Share best practices you have discovered or developed. What cool or unexpected results have you achieved so far in your webfolio development? 2] Mini-conferences with Mr. D. on the professional communication essays.

Extra Credit opportunity, your Hartman Profile: Write and post a one-pager (appx. 250-300 words) describing what the Hartman personality color codes mean and what your results were (2 points if adequately developed and well edited; 3 points if developed into a full-blown essay of at least two pages in length and well edited.)

Web folio content:

  1. Your welcome page with at least one visual and brief information about you and about the purpose of this web folio. Also, link it to our class page for this semester, and include a table of contents feature that links to the other essays and sample paragraphs in the web folio
  2. The correctly documented paragraph which summarizes Chapter 2 from Smilkstein's book, Born to Learn: . . .
  3. The NHLP essay itself (including the summary paragraph), revised, edited, correctly documented
  4. A paraphrasing example from the Professional Communication essay, the paragraph which paraphrases Adams and Weins; revised, edited, correctly documented
  5. The essay on the importance of communicating as a professional in the workplace
  6. A paragraph exemplifying your ability to do direct quoting: This is the paragraph from your Creator/Victim essay in which you include a direct quote from David Mirman's article. This, also, will be correctly documented with the verbatim quote, parenthetical citation, and the works cited entry
  7. A correctly documented and well edited essay on adopting the Creator mindset in order to be successful as a college student
  8. Extra credit, if you have chosen to do it, the Hartman Profile paper

--Week Sixteen--

Monday 12/9/13
In-class workshop: 1] Revise and edit "Creators mindset" essay. Check your works cited entries and your parenthetical citations by using the Norton Quick-Access Toolbar. 2] Pair-Share collaboration on your webfolios. Proof each other's web pages and trouble shoot navigation problems. I will grade you on your proofreading skills when I grade your colleagues's webfolio. Yes, that IS what I said! 3] Share best practices (class discussion) What good things you have discovered or developed? What cool or unexpected results have you achieved so far in your webfolio development? The webfolios are due at 1:30 today including the final drafts of the Creators mindset essay. They will be equivalent to an essay grade--6 points. They will not earn 6 points if the previous drafts of the essays and paragraphs have not been editied and revised per my instructions when I reurned your marked papers. 4] Mini-conferences on course outcomes/grades (to date). 5] NO! you may not leave early today. Your colleagues need your help and good ideas.

*Optional* Wednesday 12/11/13
In-class workshop: If you have loose ends to tie up, make arrangements with me to come to room 916 and "git er dun." I will be here until 1:30 at least, probably later.

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