English Fundamentals 2, Spring 2018

Rick Dollieslager,

Thomas Nelson Community College

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Editing & Study Resources
Class Resources
Class Schedule & MLA documentation
  • The five-paragraph theme
  • Introductory paragraphs video (4 min.)
  • Thesis statements video (4 min.)
  • Editing and Revising checklists to assess your own papers before relying on feedback from others
  • James Madison University's Learning Toolbox. This website includes tools to help you improve in the eight academic areas of Math, Organization, Study Skills,
    Test Taking Skills, Note Taking, Reading, Writing, and
    Advanced Thinking.
  • Study Guides and Strategies cover "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.

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

In-class activities: 1] Introductions. 2] Register with InQuizitive (48219) and Norton Write (48221). 3] Fill out the pre-semester success survey.

Homework assignment for Monday, 1/22/18:

Week Three

Monday 1/22 In-class activities: 1] Degrees of Reading Power test. 2] Begin reading Case Study #1

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/24/18:

Wednesday 1/24 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the survey results and the course syllabus. 2] Discuss responses to Case Study #1. 3] Begin a summary of the case study and a paragraph about your responses.

Homework assignment for Monday, 1/29/18:

Week Four

Monday 1/29 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the survey results and the cell phone readings and then tweak and finish the policies section of the course syllabus. 2] Use assistive technologies on your two paragraphs to prepare them for submission on Weds. 3] Finish Degrees of Reading Power test if you did not complete it last week.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/31/18:

Wednesday 1/31 In-class activities: 1] Submit edited paragraphs from case study #1.

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/5/18:

Week Five

Monday 2/5 In-class activities: 1] Submit and Discuss the quiz. 2] Discuss case study #2 "The Procrastinators"

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/7/18:

Wednesday 2/7 In-class activities: 1] Discuss "The Procrastinators" analysis you drafted: summary, questions 1 and 2 from the handout, and the "diving deeper" question. 2] Revise and edit the three-paragraph analysis of "The Procrastinators" case study.

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/12/18:

Week Six

Monday 2/12 In-class activities: 1] Discuss revisions, edits, errors analysis, and lessons to study in order to revise/complete the final draft of case study #1. 2] Begin Critical Thinking Journal entry #2.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/14/18:

Wednesday 2/14 In-class activities: Mini-conferences on Case Study #1; drafting workshop

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/16/18:

Week Seven

Monday 2/19 Writing workshop: revise, edit, submit any outstanding assignments.

Wednesday 2/21 Deep reading workshop: Today we will begin a reading, note-taking, summarizing, and reading response activity with an amusing story by America's classic 19th Century humorist, Mark Twain. First, let's discuss what we know or can find out about Twain and about the Medieval ages in Western Europe. Then, let's watch Shaun Macleod's video on summary writing and review note-taking for summary writing. Finally, let's plunge into the Twain story called "A Medieval Romance."

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/26/18:

Week Eight: Revising & Editing Week!

Monday 2/26 Revising/Editing workshop: Follow the instructions below to preare for editing and then edit C.S. #1, C.S. #2, Critical Thinking Journal #2 (the M.L.K quote)

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/28/18:

Wednesday 2/28 In-class activities: 1] Submit Case Study #1 (both the marked draft and corrected draft) and Case Study # 2 ("The Procrastinators"). 2] Discuss "A Medieval Romance": How do we get the main character out of her (his?) predicament?

Homework assignment for Monday, 3/12/18:

Week Nine

Monday 3/12 In-class activities: 1] Discuss Twain's story, "A Medieval Romance," and my summarization of it. 2] Discuss possible endings to the story--how would YOU get the characters out of their life-and-death predicaments? 3] Begin drafting YOUR conclusion to the story, or your summary of the story.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/14/18:

Wednesday 3/14 In-class activities: 1] Print and submit your summary and conclusions for "A Medieval Romance." 2] Mid-term progress reports

Week Ten

Monday 3/19 In-class activities: 1] View videos on the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset (as defined by Dr. Skip Downing and others): You will be writing about this, so take notes! Dominic, Jesse, the Professors. What got Jesse back on course? What got Dominic back on course? What is the most notable quote from any of the professors? 2] Read and highlight the topic sentences of each paragraph of these three pages excerpted from Chapter 2 of Dr. Skip Downing's book called On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life: "Adopting a Creator Mindset." While Dr. Downing does not give his specific definition of a Creator or a Victim (capital C and V), he describes their behaviors. How do you think Dr. Downing defines a Creator and a Victim? E.g., "Dr. Skip downing defines a Victim (capital V) as a person who . . . Whereas he describes a Creator (capital C) as a person who . . ."

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/21/18:

Wednesday 3/21 In-class activities: 1] Submit mark-ups and notes from the two assigned readings. 2] Read Prof. David Mirman's teaching blog essay called "Do You Think Like a Creator or a Victim?" 3] Discuss all three readings.

Homework assignment for Monday, 3/22/18:

Week Eleven

Monday 3/26 In-class workshop: 1] Finish proofreading and editing Medieval Romance to prepare it for submission on Wednesday. 2] Finish drafting, proofreading and editing the two paragraphs assigned last Wednesday, one on the Creator mindset and one describing a Creator whom you know personally.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/28/18:

Wednesday 3/28 In-class workshop: 1] Print and Submit proofread and edited draft of Medieval Romance. 2] Discuss the introduction and conclusion for the essay "Adopting the Creator Mindset."

Outline of "Adopting the Creator Mindset" essay as assigned through today"

Homework assignment for Monday, 4/2/18:

Week Twelve

Monday 4/2 In-class workshop: 1] Finish the essay "Adopting the Creator Mindset" by writing the introduction. The introduction will include what you think is the most notable quote from any of the Professors in the video from Dr. Downing's On Course web site. It will provide any other background information needed in order for your portfolio readers to understand the context of what will follow, and it will clearly state your thesis about the value of adopting the Creator mindset. 2] Take good notes when we view the video again in class, and we will discuss the quotes that you found most notable.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/4/18:

Some of the quotes from the video, which we talked about in class, follow. Remember that when you use a direct quote, it has to display inside of "quotation marks."

Wednesday 4/4 In-class workshop: 1] Print and submit the essay "Adopting the Creator Mindset" at the start of class. 2] Revise/edit returned papers per the suggestions and marks on the returned draft.

Week Thirteen

Monday 4/9/18 In-class workshop: Finish drafting, editing, revising any papersthat are not yet perfect to prepare them for submission in your portfolio.

Wednesday 4/11/18 In-class workshop: Papers and portfolio preparation

Papers to be included in the portfolio:

Week Fourteen

Monday 4/16/18 In-class workshop: Finish drafting, editing, revising any paper sthat are not yet perfect to prepare them for submission in your portfolio.

Wednesday 4/18/18 In-class: Degrees of Reading Power post-semester test

Week Fifteen

Monday 4/23/18 In-class: Begin the in-class final essay

Wednesday 4/25/18 In-class: 1] Finish the in-class final essay. 2] Submit portfolio of final drafts of your papers

Week Sixteen

Wednesday 5/2 In-class: Portfolio outcomes conferences


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