TNCC English 109 Spring 2011, English Elite I COL

9:30-11:00 a.m. Tues. & Thurs. / Prof. Rick Dollieslager

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Class Resources

Contact Mr. D. by email,; by phone, 825-3543; or in person, room 874, first floor of Templin Hall

Extra Credit Opportunities

You may earn a total of 15 points of extra credit (equivalent to 1/2 of a final letter grade). For attending and turning in a page or more of Cornell notes on the following on-campus workshops, seminars and events, you may earn five points per event, to total no more than 15:

Week One

Tuesday, January 11
In class: Foundations. First Day Activities (1/11/11): 1] Introductions all around, 2] writing the On Course
pre-semester self assessment, 3] writing journal entry #1 for English 109 (go to page 11)

Thursday, January 13
In class: Foundations. 1] Colleagues quiz 2] On Course book reading and journal writing.

Homework for Tuesday 1/18:
Get your book this week, please. For future reference, check out, a website from which you may rent books (at about half the cost of buying them!)
2] (Just the 9:30-10:45 class) Turn in the New Equations Analysis Exercise. Have ALL of the answers, please.
3] Read On Course, pages 1-27
3] Write Journal entries 1-3

Week Two: Brain Week!

Tuesday, 1/18/11
In-class: 1] Understanding the
Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP) 2] Taking notes on the NHLP using the Cornell (University) notetaking method.

Homework for Thursday 1/20: (I.) Summarizing what you learned about the NHLP: 1] Review your notes from class on the NHLP. 2] Put your notes away. 3] Orally, explain the NHLP to someone you know. 4] Write a summary at the bottom of your Cornell notes page. (II.) Write a paragraph of approximately 150-200 words describing how you learned the skill, activity, or body of knowledge that you discussed in class with your colleagues through the stages of the NHLP.

Thursday, 1/20/11
In-class: 1] Show me your notes and paragraph from Tuesday. 2] An owners manual for your brain.

Homework for Tuesday 1/25:
Finish Cornell notes
about the NHLP and brain development from Tuesday's and Thursday's class lectures. Here are the steps: a] Review your notes from class on the NHLP and growing dendrites. b] Summarize each page of notes at the bottom in the summary section c] Write test questions from the main notes section in the Cues Column. Here are written instructions for completing Cornell notes.

Week Three

Tuesday, 1/25/11
In-class: 1] Discuss how emotions affect (control) learning, 2] Write the summary section of the Cornell notes

Homework for Thursday 1/27:
Finish Cornell notes
by filling in the summary section at the bottom of each page.
Bring your notes on the NHLP and your notes on the skill or activity you have learned very well. We will write a paragraph using this material during class.

Thursday, 1/27/11
In-class: Power Writing with Mr. S.! We will have a most excellent workshop on Power Writing led by COL Learning Coach, Mr. Sulzberger. You will love knowing how to Power Write! Check these resource sites:

Homeworkfor Tuesday 2/2:
Revise your paragraph
about the NHLP by Power Writing it following this pattern: 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3. In this pattern, 1 = your topic sentence; 2 = a sentence describing a stage in Dr. Smilkstein's NHLP; and 3 = a sentence elaborating on the #2 sentence by describing each stage of the NHLP you went through when learning something you have mastered.

Week Four

Mr. D's Chapter II summary: The paths our lives take are not predetermined or written in some cosmic scriptbook that can't be known to us. Rather, we create our lives by the choices we make and the attitudes we hold to. "Creator" or "Victim" choices are not "good" or "bad" per se. They direct the processes by which we arrive at the outcomes and experiences we wish to create in our lives, so you should make the appropriate choices to make the things happen which you desire as outcomes. Whether we want them to or not, the choices we make (and even passively deciding to do nothing is a choice we make) create our lives.

Tuesday, 2/1/11
In-class: Discuss Revisions of the NHLP paragraph following the Power Writing pattern, 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3

Homework for Thursday 2/3:
Revise the NHLP paragraph
Fill up the Professionalism Worksheet

Thursday, 2/3/11
1] Turn in NHLP paragraphs (5 mins.), 2] Self-assess how you are doing in each class (5 mins), 3] Organization/course management discussion (10 mins), 4] Access Blackboard for Eng 1 class, and Discuss how to stay caught up and organized in Eng. 1 class, 5] Preview Chapter II.

Homework for Tuesday 2/8:
pages 29-49
Record the amount of time you spend reading the assignemnt, and the amount of time spent writing each of the journal entries
Write joutrnal entries 4, 5, and 6

Week Five

Tuesday, 2/8/11
In-class: 1] Finish discussing professionalism

Homework for Thursday 2/10:
Write Cornell Notes
for pages 29-49, using the chapter quizzes as the guideline to what is important to know from those pages.

Thursday, 2/10/11
In-class: 1] Finish discussing the missing sections of
the syllabus focussing on professionalism, 2] read and analyze several of your NHLP Power Write paragraphs, 3] finish the Cornell notes on Chapter II

Week Six

Mr. D’s Chapter III Summary: Creating our satisfying futures or completing specific yet very important goals begins with imagination, projection and mental imaging so that visualization of the desired results becomes the means of developing a commitment to their achievement.  Our futures or the realization of major objectives in our lives come about by actions we take and by our own design, not by chance.  The motivation to accomplish our greatest goals and to become the person we want to be comes from within in us rather than extrinsically, and we can shape the motivation into reality, becoming who and what we, first, just dreamed of.

Tuesday, 2/15/11
In-class: 1] Reorganize journal and notes folders 2] Make Cornell reading notes on Chap 3 (we went up through slide 19 on the PPt)

Homework for Thursday 2/10:
Read through page 85 in On Course
Finish the Cornell Notes
that we started in class. As you read, fill in the answers to the questions in the cues column of your in-class notes.

Thursday, 2/17/11
In-class: 1] Case study: "Popson's Dilemma," 2] Discuss finishing Cornell notes from Chap III

Homework for Tuesday 2/22:
Write Cornell-formatted notes for the rest of Chap. III. Remember you will take a test on Chap. III next week but will be allowed to study from your notes just prior, so have GOOD notes and you'll get a good grade.
Write Journal entries 8, 9, 10.

Note: Extra Credit opportunities are posted under the "Resources" section at the top of the class page.

Week Seven

Tuesday, 2/22/11
In-class: 1] Creating a positive affirmation 2] Visualizing our futures! For this activity you will need portable storage media and a great attitude!

Homework for Thursday 2/24:
Turn in journals through #11

Thursday, 2/24/11
In-class: Start building our webfolio sites

Homework for Thursday 2/24:
Post at least 6 images of your brilliantly successful future on your Eng. 109 webfolio home page
Describe the images using complete, grammatically correct sentences
Read pages 101-121
Write journal entries 12, 13, 14

Week Eight

Tuesday, 3/1/11
In-class: Preparing affirmations and My Rules for Success to post in the webfolios

Homework for Thursday 3/3:

  1. Revise and turn in the NHLP power write paragraph
  2. Post your affirmation on your home page
  3. Write and post on your home page "My Personal Rules for Success" (at least 10 rules)

Week Nine

Mr. D’s Chapter V Summary: Interdependence refers to the degree to which people cooperate in order to achieve mutually beneficial results. Successful people “develop mutually supportive relationships . . . create a support network . . . and strengthen relationsnhips with active listening" (Downing, p. 139) helping both others and themselves to reach their goals and dreams. Interdependence is developed by working together to accomplish specific objectives, is strengthened by active listening and honest communication. In an interdependent system, everyone contributes to agreed upon processes or objectives and everyone benefits.

Tuesday, 3/15/11
In-class: Preparing a study guide for Chap. V in Cornell note-taking format using the
SQ3R textbook reading method.

Homework for Thursday 3/17
Finish the SQ3R notes on Chap. V (pages 141-163). Record the page numbers from which you derived your answers. I will evaluate these notes at the start of class on Thursday for a quiz grade (five possible points). Additionally, you will use your notes to study for the chapter test (for another five points), which you will take on Thursday in class.

Thursday, 3/17/11
In-class: 1] Present Chap. V notes to Mr. D for evaluation. 2] Use your Chap. V. notes to study with two colleagues for your Chapter test. 3] Write the Chap. V test.

Homework for Tuesday 3/22
Write a paragraph describing how well you did on the Chap. 5 test discussing why you think you succeeded or did not succeed on it (5 points)
Read pages 171-188
Write journal entries 15-19 from Chap. 5 (if you did not already write them when you read the pages), and journals 20-22 from Chap. 6 Note: Journals will be turned in to be graded at the start of class on Tuesday.

Week Ten

Mr. D’s Chapter VI Summary: Self-awareness refers to having conscious knowledge of the things that motivate us and of the inner workings of the self that result in emotional reponses to outside stimuli.  Memories are embedded almost from birth in our consious and our sub-conscious mind. In the sub-conscious, they may not be fully known to us because our “Scripts” were written early in life and, in many cases, in ways that we are not aware of.  If we are aware of our Scripts and how they operate in us, we can manage them and change them so that our sub-conscious responses reflect our conscious, responsible decision making and our desired behaviours result.

Tuesday, 3/22/11

Homework for Thursday 3/24:

Thursday, 3/24/11
In-class: Journal Writing workshop: Write journal entry #23

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 3/29/11
In-class: Preparing for
summer and fall registration

Homework for Thursday 3/31: Register for at least ONE class for Summer or Fall 2011

Thursday, 3/31/11
In-class: 1] Registration trouble shooting. 2] Begin sentence editing skills exercise to help prepare for editing your Eng. 1 protfolios

Homework for Tuesday 4/5: Finish the Sentence Patterns exercise. Due at the start of class on Tuesday.

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 4/5/11
In-class: Using Perfect Copy lessons to learn the basic rules of punctuation and grammar.

Thursday, 4/7/11
In-class: 1] Using Perfect Copy to reinforce sentence boundary rules and practice identifying fragments, run-ons and comma splices. Work the lessons below from the A2 index of Perfect Copy

2] Using The Norton Field Guide to Writing's online exercises to identify and correct sentence boundary errors

Homework for Tuesday 4/12: 1] Work the following lessons* from Norton's exercise center, and 2] THEN edit ONE of your essays for ONLY sentence boundary errors. Read it from last sentence to first to test the completeness of the sentences. * The lessons to work (select the 10-question option rather than 5-questions, and record your results in each lesson to turn in to me):

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 4/12/11
In-class: Finish the editing lessons and edit at least one of your essays for sentence boundary erorrs (fragments, run-ons, comma splices).

Thursday, 4/14/11
In-class: 1] In-class activities: Work two Perfect Copy lessons on comma use, and then edit at least one essay for comma errors.

Week Sixteen

Monday, 5/2/11 OPTIONAL session 11:00-12:00 in Mr. Rockson's classroom
Extra Credit test on Chapter 8. This is an optional, extra-credit opportunity folks. You do not have to be here unless you want to give your final grade another nudge in a positive direction. It's a 10-point test with 30 questions.

Thursday, 5/5/11, 8:00-10:30
FINAL: 1] View the film called The Secret, and 2] write a reflection.

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