R. Dollieslager's English 03:
Computer-Mediated Preparation for College Writing II,
Fall 2008, Thomas Nelson Community College

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You can do whatever you set your mind to. It's TRUE!

Last Updated, 3 September 2008, 9:00 a.m.

A poem by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - )

We Real Cool

The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We
Left School. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Class Resources

English 03 Syllabus

"OWL" links OWL stands for Online Writing Labs. These are links to handbooks, workbooks, and even help desks to aid you in answering those sticky questions or finding help with any sort of writing problem.  Our primary on-line "textbook" is linked here.  It is the Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Professional Communication Skills "Why do we have to take these %*#@$&!!! English and speech classes, anyways?" Let some of your peers answer that question for you. Find out what reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching and computing skills are needed in order to obtain a job and to advance in your chosen profession. These essays were researched and written by TNCC students.

Wrules for Writers   When in doubt, check this style sheet. (But don't take it too seriously.)

Use these checklists to assess your own papers before relying on feedback from others.

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

Monday, 8/25/08
1] Discuss qualities of successful students, 2] Work a Perfect Copy lesson

Wednesday, 8/27/08
1] Discuss how to reach your goals for Eng. 03, for TNCC, for your career; 2] Write "a letter to myself"

Friday, 8/29/08
In class: Work four Perfect Copy lessons from the "series 2" column, in areas of your biggest editing weaknesses.

Week Two

Monday, 9/1/08
Labor Day: No classes!

Wednesday, 9/3/08

In-class: Popcorn reading of this essay about succeeding as a student. Discuss the structure of the essay and discuss people we know who have succeeded against the odds. Focus on these questions:

Friday, 9/5/08
1] 1] Play the Graduation Game (15 minutes) 2] Discuss the essay about Patrick and share examples of people we know who have been successful despite very difficult circumstances.
3] Write one well developed paragraph of aproximately 100-150 words in length about one person you know whom you think has been successful in overcoming the difficult circumstances he or she has faced in life. Below are links to essays students have written about people who have succeeded against the odds. Read them. They might give you some ideas or remind you of someone that you know who has faced similar life situations and has succeeded anyway. Maybe that describes you.

Here are examples of some of those stories:

Homework assignment for Monday:
Due at the start of class, one paragraph describing a successful person that you know personally. Hereafter we will call this the "summary paragraph" of your successful person essay. This paragraph will be a way of starting an essay about a successful person you know. (Remember our discussion of "The Late Paper" case study and the consequences that you agreed on for Kim, the student who missed her assignment deadline!)



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