TNCC English 109, Spring 2006

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Last Updated, 28 April 2006, 10:15 a.m..

Class resources

English 109 syllabus (including graded assignments and grading criteria.)

Webster's Dictionary Online

I use the On Course Student Success index as a resource for teaching and supplementing this class.

The "On Course Principles" are excellent guidelines for keeping yourself on course to academic success and to success in life!

Advice and guidelines for analytical reading of texts: SQ3R

The Cornell note-taking method: how to use and modeling the process.

While designed for working professionals, the Mind Tools web site has many useful self-help links, including techniques for memorizing.

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

Week One

Friday, 1/13
In class: Take this self-assessment.

Homework for Weds., 1/18:
First, read all of Chapter One (pages 1-23). Finish journal entries #1 and #2.
Second, find out a little bit about Muhammad Ali (if you don't already know anything about him), including his self-designated nickname.
Third, identify the two areas in which you scored highest on the self-assessment, and then (1) make some notes about why you think you scored highest in these areas; then (2) list some hints to help others to strengthen these qualities. As an alternative, you can respond to 1 and 2 above by typing in the windows of the "Personal Inventory Activity" at the bottom of score sheet one.

Week Two

Wednesday, 1/18
In class: 1. TRIO office overview presentation: scholarships and academic support through TRIO at TNCC. 2. Readings quiz on Chapter One.

Homework for Friday, 1/20:
Read pages 25-29 in On Course, and do journal entry # 3. Submit journals for review (entries 1-3 should be complete).

Friday, 1/20
In class: First, turn in journals with entries 1-3 completed.
Next, we will view Celebrate What's Right and discuss how perception shapes reality.
(Question to consider: How is Muhammad Ali's nickname related to this notion?)
Finally, in groups we will discuss the results of the self inventory and then, as a whole, we will discuss the On Course principles.

Homework for Monday, 1/23:
Read pages 29-34 in On Course.
Write journal entry #4.

Week Three

Monday, 1/23
In class: 1. Discuss creator vs. victim language. 2. A One-time assignments amnesty. Today I will collect the first quiz, if you did not turn it in last Wednesday; and I will collect the journals that did not get turned in on Friday. This is a one-time late assignments amnesty.

Homework for Wednesday, 1/25:
Make a one-page list of the choices that successful students make
Note: Bear in mind that we will have one readings quiz every week, and we did not have it on Monday.
Write journal entry #4, page 34.

Wednesday, 1/25
In class: Revisit the journaling assignment instructions. Practice a journaling exercise.

Homework for Friday, 1/27:
Read pages 35-39
Write journal entry #5, page 37-38.

Friday, 1/27
In class: 1. Quiz on the Creator role/Creator language. 2. Discuss choices of successful students/successful people.

Homework for Monday, 1/30:
Turn in Journals (entries 1-5) at the start of class.
Make a list of problems or troubling situations in your life that you need to resolve.

Week Four

Monday, 1/30
In class: 1. Quiz on Wise Choices section of Chapter Two. 2. Do the Wise Choices process to solve a real problem in your life!

Homework for Wednesday, 2/1:
Read pages 40-48 Write journal entry #6.

Wednesday, 2/1
In class: 1. Do a readings interpretation (collaborative) project: "Visual representation for text analysis." 2. Discuss the SQ3R effective reading method.

Homework for Friday, 2/3:
Read "Salvation," by Langston Hughes. Although this is a short, fairly straight-forward essay, apply SQ3R strategies to get the most out of it. There will be a graded quiz on this reading in class on Friday. Be prepared to define what "revival," "knickerbockered," "punctuated," and "ecstatic" mean as they are used in the context of this essay.
(Here are a couple hints: try to find a picture on line of knickerbockers, and read some biographical information about Hughes from the link I made above. If you don't know anything about his life and the world he lived in, you could miss some important elements in the story.)

Friday, 2/3
In class: Here is an experiment. I won't be joining you today, so we will see how well you have developed interdependence so far, and how well you can work together without intervention from your instructor. Take the following link and follow the instructions for a group critical reading assignment.

Week Five

Monday, 2/6
In class: 1. Discuss SQ3R critical reading techniques. 2. Begin discussion of the group quiz which you did on Friday.

Homework for Wednesday, 2/8:
Read Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell  and do Part Two of the critical reading assignment.

Wednesday, 2/8
In class: 1. Finish discussing "Salvation." 2. Discuss "Shooting an Elephant," modeling the SQ3R active reading processes.

Friday, 2/10
In class: 1. Finish discussing "Shooting an Elephant." 2. Begin SQ3R of the first half of Chapter III.

Homework for Monday, 2/13:
Read pages 49-57 in the On Course textbook. Write journal entries 7 and 8.

Week Six

Monday, 2/13
In class: 1. Discuss SQ3R critical reading techniques. 2. Begin SQ3R notes on the second half of Chapter III.

Homework for Wednesday, 2/15:
Read pages 58-64. Write SQ3R notes covering pages 58-64. Write journal entry #9.
You will turn in your SQ3R notes at the start of class on Wednesday as your graded quiz.

Wednesday, 2/15
In class: 1. Collect SQ3R notes on pages 58-64. (That's your quiz grade for the week, so let's all get the full five points on your SQ3R notes.) 2. Case Study: "Popson's Dilemma."

Homework for Friday, 2/17:
Read pages 66-76. Write journal entry #10. Turn in journals at the start of class

Friday, 2/17
In class: 1. Turn in journals, through entry #10, to be graded. 2. Discuss personal affirmations. 3. Write a personal affirmation.

Week Seven

Monday, 2/20
In class: 1. Open the "Guess my Dream" work sheet. Copy and paste it into a MS Word document. Fill in the lines with appropriate responses. (30 minutes) 2. Find some definitions of the term "success," and write them out. Write a paragraph about how your own personal definition of success varies from any of those you have looked up, or a paragraph about which definition or definitions most closely reflect your definition. (20 minutes)

Homework for Wednesday, 2/22:
Read pages 78-88. Write journal entries 11 and 12. If you did not write a personal affirmation in class on Friday (2/17) then follow the instructions on pages 67-70 and write a personal affirmation focussing on the three qualities you most wish to develop or to have more of. Email your personal affirmation to me by Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 2/22
In class: Discuss affirmations and creating a positive life plan.

Friday, 2/24
In class: Your choice: A writing workshop to begin part of the term paper. OR a 20-question open-book review quiz on Chapter 3.

Homework for Wednesday, 3/1:
Read pages 89-100. Write journal entries 13 and 14.

Week Eight

Monday, 2/27
In class: 1. Case study and discussion of self-discipline.

Homework for Wednesday, 3/1:
Read pages 89-100. Write journal entries 13 and 14.
Read pages 101-108. Write your financial plan.
Interview (informally) at least one person you know who has graduated from college, asking what commitments they had in addition to taking classes and how they managed their time in order to complete their degree requirements.

Wednesday, 3/1
In class: 1. Mid-Term progress conferences. 2. Writing workshop: two to four (draft) paragraphs to be used in your term paper. One or two paragraphs will report the results of your interview assignment, made on monday. Additionally, using the information recorded in your journal, you will draft one or two paragraphs describing your successful life as it will be ten to twenty years from now. You have already written a dictionary definiton of "success" and you have written your own definition of "success," so in this phase of the term paper composing process, you will exemplify that definition by showing how your successful life will look in ten or twenty years.

Homework for Friday, 3/3:
Write the first three parts of the term paper project, if you have not already done so.
Bring your graded journals and graded quizzes for a mid-term progress conference during class.

Friday, 3/3
In class: 1. Mid-Term progress conferences. 2. Individual technology exercise.

Homework for Monday, 3/13:
Read pages 109-130. Write journal entries 15-18. Turn in up-to-date journals at the start of class Monday.

Week Nine

Monday, 3/13
In class: Case study and discussion of interdependence. (expect a quiz).

Homework for Wednesday, 3/15:
Read the handout called "The Goose Story." Write your answers to the discussion questions. Remember to dive deep in your response to the questions because, in some way, you will probably end up using this information in your term paper for the class.

Wednesday, 3/15
We will meet in the theater on the first floor of Templin Hall at 10 a.m. for the drumming workshop: interdependence at work!

Week Ten

Monday, 3/20
In class: Writing workshop: 1. Planning a Big Paper. 2. Revising the drumming/interdependence paragraphs. (40 minutes). In-class homework: Find your dream job in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and copy the description to your disk.

Wednesday, 3/22
In class: Career planning workshop with Ms Croswell. I won't be in class today or Friday.

Friday, 3/24
In class: Do the Career Interests Game and What Can I Do With a Major in...

I am at a conference out of state, so I won't be joining you. Nonetheless, summarize the results and leave them in my mailbox in room 852. These are equivalent to two quiz grades and they will not be accepted late, so use class time wisely. Remember: Dive Deep!

Homework for Monday, 3/27:
Due at the start of class: The introduction (including your definition and thesis statement, of course) of the Personal Philosophy of Success essay. You will turn in at least one full page. A few of your colleagues missed the "Big Paper" workshop on Monday of this week, so you are to catch them up on our discussion of how one might go about writing that project. Remember: Interdependence leads to success, so help each other! The handout on the "blocking" strategy for organizing a big paper is on the middle shelf of the book shelves near the door. Explain it to your colleagues who missed class on Monday. Also, please refer to the writing project posted on 3/1 above, which is probably how you will want to start your term paper.

Week Eleven

Link to Photos of the the Drumming workshop on 3/15

Monday, 3/27
Due: In-class summaries assigned on 3/24 (those will be quiz grades #7 and #8)

In-class assignment: SQ3R notes on pages 131-134 (this will be quiz grade #9)

Homework for Wednesday, 3/29:
Due at the start of class: Quiz #9, which are your SQ3R notes on pages 131-134
Read pages 136-143.
Write journal entries 19 and 20

Wednesday, 3/29
Due: SQ3R notes on pages 131-134 (a graded, take-home "quiz")

In-class: Writing workshop. Starting the term paper.

Homework for Friday, 3/31:
Due at the start of class: At least one page of the term paper is drafted. I want to see it, or you can take it to Professor Weiser to go over it with you.

Here are templates for taking notes using the Cornell method. One is a lined template, and one is unlined. I will give you numerous copies of each format, but you can always go to this link to print additional copies and photocopy them to make as many as you need for note taking in your classes in the future. And, of course, you can always make your own just by drawing the sections on blank or lined paper. (Note: the Cornell templates appear to have lines when viewed normally on MS Word, but they will not print out that way. You can view them on "Print Preview" to see what they will look like.)

Here are links to two sites that describe how to use the Cornell note-taking method and that model the process.

Friday, 3/31
Guest lecturer: Professor Yost, "Overcoming Math Anxiety"

In-class assignment: Take notes on the lecture using the Cornell method, or the method you prefer. Your notes will be collected and graded as quiz grade #10, and I will be taking notes on the lecture as well, so make them good!

Homework for Monday, 4/3:
Read: The rest of Chapter Six

Write: Journals 21 and 22

Write: Another page of the term paper. By Friday (4/7) three pages of the term paper are due.

Week Twelve

Monday, 4/3
Due: Two to three pages of the term paper
Start of class quiz: (10 a.m. class only) Is it important to show up to class on time in order to be a successful student? Since it is an optional quiz, this quiz grade will replace any quiz grade that is lower up to this point in the semester.
In-class: Case study on page 149.

Homework for Monday, 4/10:
Read/review this Power Point on victim language and creator language from a presentaion that a colleague made at the conference I was at two weeks ago.
Write answers to the discussion question on this handout in rgard to any four of the listed songs. Turn this in at the start of class on Monday 4/10 as quiz #11.

Wednesday, 4/5
In class: Writing workshop. Compose at least one page of the Philosophy of Success essay. You may do this in room 916, or you may do the workshop in another, quieter, venue if your classmates are too inconsiderate to stop talking and therefore make it imposible for you to work in a quiet environment.

Friday, 4/7
In class: Writing workshop. Compose at least one page of the Philosophy of Success essay. You may do this in room 916, or you may do the workshop in another, quieter, venue if your classmates are too inconsiderate to stop talking and therefore make it imposible for you to work in a quiet environment.
Due: At least three pages of the term paper (double-spaced, Times New Romant font, 12-point type size) turned in at my mailbox in room 852.

Week Thirteen

Monday, 4/10
Due: 1. Victim/creator language take-home quiz #11. 2. Three pages of the term paper.

In class: This week's writing workshop. If you agree with Downing's philosophy of success and his definition, here is a blocking outline that may help you to organize the major paper. This method is only a suggestion, not a prescription, but it is based on Dr. Downing's eight principles of success.

Wednesday, 4/12
In class: Graded exercise on memorization techniques which will count as quiz grade #12. Review pages 158-160 prior to class.

Homework for Friday, 4/14:
Read pages 161-175 of Chapter 7.
Write Jounal Entries 23 and 24
Due Friday: Journal entries 19-24

Friday, 4/14
Turn in Journal entries 19-24 at the start of class
In class: Writing workshop

Homework for Monday, 4/17:
Read pages 176-193 of Chapter 7.
Write Jounal Entries 25 and 26
Write another page of the Philosophy of Success paper. (At least four pages should be completed by Monday.)

Week Fourteen

Monday, 4/17
Turn in at least four pages of the draft of the Philosophy of Success paper at the start of class
In class: Exercise 24-2, Changing Test-Taking Habits

Homework for Wednesday, 4/19:
Technology research assignment: Go onto the Internet and do a keyword search on the topic of "overcoming test anxiety" or simply "test anxiety." Browse the sites to determine which ones you think are most useful to you for overcoming test anxiety.
Write a brief description of at least three sites which have information to help you overcome test anxiety. Include the website URL.
Turn in your test anxiety website exploration at the start of class as quiz grade #13.
Make an appointment with either Professor Weiser or me to go over your Philosophy of success paper and to go over the essays in your English 01 or English 03 portfolios (if you are taking either of those classes).

Wednesday, 4/19
Turn in the test anxiety website exploration assignment as quiz #13
In-class: 1. Mini-conference on your progress in class to date. 2. Either work on your Philosophy of Success paper, or do Friday's homework assignment.

Homework for Friday, 4/21:
Read: Pages 194-207
Write: Journal entries 27 and 28

Friday, 4/21
In-class: Journaling assignment.

Homework for Monday, 4/24:
Read: Finish reading Chapter 8
Write: Journal entries 29 and 30

Week Fourteen & 1/2

Monday, 4/24
In class: 1. Quiz (#14) on Chapter 8: "Emotional Intelligence" 2. Case study on emotional intelligence

Homework for Wednesday, 4/26:
Read: Chapter 9: "Staying On Course to Your Success"
Write: Journal entry 31
Make and appointment with me to go over your term paper during my office hours this week

Wednesday, 4/26
In class: Peer review workshop: Philosophy of Success papers

Friday, 4/28
In class: 1. Peer review workshop: Philosophy of Success papers. These papers will be turned in by the end of class today for me to grade. 2. Take post-class, On Course assessment. 3. Turn in pre-class assessment (which should be in your journals or Eng. 109 folders, and post-class assessment.

Homework for Monday, 5/1:
Write a list of the studying, test-taking, or other academic skills or which you feel you are weakest in, or which you would most like to improve upon. Include in the list any personal areas that you would like to improve upon which prevent you from being the best you can be academically, such as time management, procrastination, learning disabilities, ADHD, work or other life obligations, etc.
Write a second list of the academic skills which you feel are your greatest strengths or the attributes which will help you to achieve academic success.

Note: Attendance at class next week will be exceedingly important to accomplish a class project. Make every effort possible to be here on time.

Week Fifteen

Monday, 5/1
In class: 1. Discussion: Creating an On Course class resource site on the Internet. 2. Geocities workshop
Instructions for registering with Geocities for web page building.
Instructions for uploading a document file to Geocities Web Page Builder.
Instructions for uploading a picture or other .jpg image to Geocities Web Page Builder.

Here are some web sites that students in my Fall 2005 English 111 class created for their class projects. You might get some ideas from these samples about what you want to include in your personal pages. Mr. D.

I have already started a page for our class project site. Take a look at it and give me some feedback. This only took about 15 minutes to develop. The Geocities web page builder is very easy to use.

Wednesday, 5/3
In class: Creating an On Course class resource site on the Internet.

Week "Sixteen"

Note: Because finals week started on Thursday, our meeting time will be 10-11:45 for our final class.

Friday, 5/5
Final meeting for Eng 109-02 (the 11 a.m. class): Finishing and posting On Course class resource site on the Internet. (This will be the final graded project.)

Monday, 5/8
Final meeting for Eng 109-01 (the 10 a.m. class): Finishing and posting an On Course class resource site on the Internet. (This will be the final graded project.)

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