English Fundamentals 1 & 2, Spring 2019

Rick Dollieslager,

Thomas Nelson Community College

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Mon & Weds Office Hours: 12:40-1:40, in room 207Q (my office)
Tues & Thurs Office Hours: 9:30-11 in The Tutor Zone, room 101 (library)
"By Appointment" Office Hours: 11-12:30, in Tutor Zone, room 101. Text me on Remind App for appt.
Remind App texting is the best way to contact me on or off-campus.
(I won't respond during classes, however.)
Office Phone: 757-258-6506

Email me at dollier@tncc.edu

Editing & Study Resources
Class Resources
Class Schedule & MLA documentation

Brain videos and sites:

Week 1

  • 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. Plagiarism Tutorial: Test your knowledge and misconceptions about plagiarism, and learn why and how to avoid it!
  9. Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism, an excellent web resource on why and how to document sources

Week One

Tuesday 8/21 (ENF 1) In-class activities: 1] Introductions. 2] Accessing the class web page

Homework assignment for Monday, 1/27/18:

Week Two

Monday 1/14 In-class activities: In-class activities: 1] "Deep Reading" Discuss "Telling" and "Showing" in writing: what do these things mean, why are both important, and why is writing ineffective if it does only one or the other? 2] Active reading means "engaging" with the text--visualizing the concrete details, understanding the explication or explanations.

Homework assignment for Weds. 1/16:

Week Four

Monday 1/28/19 In-class activities: Register for Handbook and begin InQuizitive tutorial. Class code is 138146.

Homework assignment for Weds. 1/30/19:

Wednesday 1/30/19 Try the link to edition 2 to see if you can access your records of use.

Week Five

Monday 2/4/19  Group Projects: 1] Does punctuation really matter all that much, or is it just some English teacher thing? Let's ask John!! The Dear John Letter2] Big Money: How much would YOU pay for a comma? A $million? Two $million? A $2 million comma?! 

Wednesday 2/6/19  Group Project: (SLO  "Diving Deep" while reading). A. Jump-starting the brain, B. Making inferences while reading C. Activity, "The Story Crossword"

Homework assignment for Mon. 2/11/19:

Week Six

Monday 2/11/19 In-class activities: Discuss chapters 9-13

Wednesday 2/13/19 In-class activities: Begin writing project: Discuss "What Stresses Me Out"?

Homework assignment for Mon. 2/18/19:

Week Seven

Monday 2/18/19 In-class activities: Discuss the drafts of the paragraphs about stressors, and begin researching solutions to the specific problems which you have identified in the paragraphs, starting with James Madison University's Learning Toolbox and Study Guides and Strategies, which covers "how to's" like managing time and class projects, and "what to's" with study outlines, procedures, and summary infomation for subjects in English, math and science, social sciences, etc

Homework assignment for Weds. 2/20/19:

Wednesday 2/20/19 In-class activities: 1] The website we were using to read free version of our book was bought out and the book is no longer available there. I've found another site; though it is paginated differently, it still holds the whole text of the book: To Kill a Mockingbird 2] Discuss solutions you have found from your research that may help you to reduce the things that cause you stress in your life. Remember: stress is a good thing if we are facing a saber-tooth tiger ("Yikes! Let's get OUT of here!!"). But it interferes with our ability to think clearly, and to learn, so we want to get it under conrol so that we can grow those dendrites! 3] Begin drafting a paragaph discussing how you can use method(s) you have turned up from your research to help you eliminate, or at least cope with, your formost stressor. As you begin to plan the paragraph, think about what how you would explani this strategy to someone that you care about. Start the paragaph by stating where you got the advice. For instance, "According to an article I read from the JMU Learning Toolbox web site, a good way to manage time is the '3C' strategy."

Homework assignment for Mon. 2/25/19:

Weeks Eight (2/25-2/27) - Twelve (4/15-4/3)

"Diving Deep" into TKAM: The reading prompts and the chapter due dates are posted in BBd, at the "Reading Journals" tab. In class, we will discuss the issues, the characters, the themes, and your reading journal replies, etc.

Homework assignment for Mon. 4/8/19:

Week Thirteen

Monday 4/8/19 In-class activities: 1] Discuss topics to submit for consideration as prompts for the in-class final essay. 2] Workshop: Composing, revising and editing, and portfolio preparation.

Homework assignment for Weds. 4/10/19:

Wednesday 4/10/19 In-class activities: 1] Discuss topics to submit for consideration as prompts for the in-class final essay. 2] Workshop: Composing, revising and editing, and portfolio preparation.

Homework assignment for Mon. 4/15/19:

Week Fourteen

Monday 4/15/19 In-class activities: Take the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) post-semester test.

Homework assignment for Weds. 4/17:

Wednesday 4/17/19 In-class activities: 1] Write the final paragraph of your reading development essay--an analysis of your DRP results comparing the pre-semester score with the post-semester score. Did your number go up, stay about the same, or go down? What do you think the reasons were for the second score? 2] Print out the the Reading Development essay draft for me to read and make suggestions for improvements.

Week Fifteen

Monday 4/22/19 In-class activities: Start the in-class final essay. I will read the pieces that will go into your portfolio while you are doing this, to give you some suggestions for improvements.

Wednesday 4/24/19 In-class activities: 1] Finish the in-class final esay. 2] Submit your portfolio. I will meet with my colleagues on Friday to read portfolios and make final outcomes assessments and placement recommendation for next semester.

Week Sixteen, Mon. 5/6, 10:45 - 1:15

Monday 5/6/19 Final class! Portfolio conferences about outcomes and placement for next semester.


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