R. Dollieslager's English 111,
Weekly Schedule Fall 2014
Thomas Nelson Community College


Mr. D's email address: dollier@tncc.edu

Gator and Rick

Mr. D. (left) and and good friend TNCC Gator (right)
welcome you to English 111, Fall 2014.

F2F Office Hours in room 916: M-Th 7:30-8 a.m.; M & W 10-11; T & Th 9:40-11:00
In my office, 874: M-Th 12:30-1:30
Email me at dollier@tncc.edu

Page last Updated: 14 December 2014, 9:25 p.m.

Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Fall Class Schedule
  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)



Mr. D's email address: dollier@tncc.edu

Week 1
Aug. 21

Week 2
Aug.26 & 28
Week 3
Sep. 2 & 4
Week 4
Sep. 9 & 11
Week 5
Sep. 16 & 18
Week 6
Sep. 23 & 25
Week 7
Sep. 30 & Oct. 2
Week 8
Oct. 7 & 9
Week 9
Oct. 14 &16
Week 10
Oct. 21 & 23
Week 11
Oct. 28-30 (Priority Registration begins)
Week 12
Nov. 4 & 6
Week 13
Nov. 11 & 13
Week 14
Nov. 18 & 20
Week 15
Nov. 25
Week 16
Dec. 2 & 4
Final Class: Dec 11, 10:45-1:15

Researched Essay Topics:

Grading Criteria for all Essays and projects, and the course syllabus

Week One

Thursday, 8/21 1] Getting started: Introductions, "house-keeping," and success behaviors. 2]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 and Jesse

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 8/26:
1] View and take notes on the points that the Professors make about the Creator mentality and the Victim mentality
2] Read 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 (captial C and V), he describes their behaviors, so in your notes include what you think his definition of a Creator is (in one sentence) and his definition of a Victim (in one sentence), written in your own words.

Week Two

Tuesday, 8/26 1] Discuss "The Late Paper" case study. 2] Discuss the videos and Dr. Downing's definition of Creator and Victim

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/2:
Read examples of
Creator and Victim behaviors and language from Prof. David Mirman's teaching blog. Take notes because you will summarize this article later--from your notes only.
2] Write a well developed paragraph about someone you know personally whom you regard to be a Creator. Include in your notes some examples of this person's behaviors that show him or her behaving and speaking as a Creator. You will use your notes to, first, discuss in class in small groups, and later to write a paragraph about this person.
3] Check this class page for further assignments by Thursday

Thursday, 8/28 1] No class today.

Week Three

Tuesday, 9/2 1] Discuss the readings by Downing and Mirman about the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset. 2] Rank excuses and reasons, and rewrite Victim language to make it Creator-think.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/4: (Note: Always type your assignments, save them multiple ways, and make sure you can access them during class or that you bring them with you.)
1] Draft a paragraph (appx. 150-200 words) describing a specific time when you played the Victim role. SHOW what you did, said, etc. in that situation with specific details, not just generalizations.
2] Draft a separate paragraph describing a Creator whom you know personally. (i.e., you do not personally know Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Dr. M. L. King--but you DO know Creators in your own lives.) SHOW what he or she did, said, etc. that makes you regard that person to be a Creator.
3] Revise your notes from Mirman's blog post into a one-paragraph summary of it.

Thursday, 9/4 Peer review the three paragraphs assigned for today about the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/9: (This is complicated so follow in order.)
1. Use the
Plagiarism Tutorial web page to pre-test what you know already about plagiarism, and have the results sent to me at dollier@tncc.edu.
2. Before reading anything else on that tutorial page, view the videos on plagiarisim and documenting conventions posted in the English 111 class resources box. These 7 videos total about 33 minutes of viewing time. Take notes.
2. After viewing the videos, read pages 2-6 on the Plagiarism Tutorial web page, then
4. Take the post-test (step 7 on the Plagiarism Tutorial page) and write your score in your notes (don't have it sent to me--I will take your word for it. I am not recording that grade; I just want you to see what your level of improvement was.)
5. View the video which is saved in the class resources box about organizing and developing a five-paragraph essay

Week Four

Tuesday, 9/9 1] Discuss how to document a summary. 2] Peer review the body paragraphs. 3] Discuss finishing the Creator and Victim mindset essay using the grading rubric.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/11:
1] Finish composing the Creator and Victim mindset essay following the specific instructions in the grading rubric, including the instructions about the works cited section.
2] Due at the start of class: the Creator and Victim mindset essay.

Thursday, 9/11 1] Input contact information into TeacherKit. 2] Discuss how to document with parenthetical citations and correct works cited entries for each source. 3] Peer review the Creator Mindset essays

It's 9/11, folks: Please make an opportunity sometime today to observe a moment of silent meditation in memory of those who died in New York City, Washington D. C. and rural Pennsylvania on this day 13 years ago.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/16:
Revise and perfect the Creator and Victim mindset per your peer review feedback.

Week Five

Tuesday, 9/16 1] Format your essays per MLA conventions. It will look mostly like the sample in Diana Hacker's comp. textbook: We will use Times New Roman 12 point font, and the Works Cited page will be separated from the final page of the essay only if the works will not fit on the bottom of the last page of the essay, proper. 2] Let's find out what color you are! The Hartman Profile:

Take the Hartman Personality Profile

Slide show for discussing the personality colors

More "in-depth" analysis of Hartman personality colors

Article: "Potential Use of Hartman's Color Code Personality Profile to Enhance Classroom Group Projects"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/18: We only discussed the Blues and Reds so far! So here is your homework sop that we can focus our discussion on Thursday: (Take good notes from the material below because you will need them in Thursday's class.)

1] Finish perusing the slide show for discussing the personality colors
2] Read the following bulleted list of personality traits for more "in-depth" discussion of Hartman personality colors.
3] Read the following article (linked at bullet 5 below), which was published in an academic journal. It is about how professors and employers may use the Hartman results. Some of the article is going to be pretty difficult to understand, but if you get the gist of it by reading a few sections, you will know the most important material. Therefore, read the following sections carefully:

Thursday, 9/18 1] Y'all tell ME! I went through the core motives and the characteristics of Red and Blue personality types on Tuesday. Today, you will tell me what to write on the board. :-) Make sure that everything that you want me to write on the board is IN YOUR OWN NOTES. You will need good notes because you wil be writing about how to use this information about Hartman's personality types. 2] Let's start writing the Hartman paragraphs.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/23:

Week Six

Tuesday, 9/23 Peer review Hartman essays.

Today's absentees, heads up!! Alex, Daniel, Karen and Diamond, check your email for your instructions on how to do your peer reviews prior to class. Here is a link you will need to the peer review/grading rubric.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/25:
Perfect the Hartman essay to prepare it for me to grade.

Thursday, 9/25 1] Collaboration tools in Google Apps. 2] Editing Experts Teams group project

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/30:
Work all of the multiple choice and paragraph editing exercises for your area of expertise from the Norton Handbook exercises. Select the 10 question options rather than the 5 question options, so that you can learn the material thoroughly. Don't skimp on this project, folks, because you need to learn your material well enough to teach it to others. There are no short cuts to that!
Work all the editing lessons (they are called quizzes at this site) in your gourp's area of expertise from the Guide to Grammar and Writing. When you find your editing convention in the GGW index, go to the page and scroll to the bottom to find the lessons. These are interactive quizzes, which, like the Norton exercises, provide immediate feedback and a link to the handbook section whether you answer correctly or incorrectly. It sometimes goeds down for maintenance, so be patient and try at another time if it is not available.

Week Seven

Tuesday, 9/30 1] Discuss returned Creator mindset essays, revisions and edits. 2] Begin errors analysis project. 3] Work on Editing Experts project

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/2:
Turn in the Hartman essay along with your peer review document

Week Eight

Tuesday, 10/7 1] Begin errors analysis project.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/7:
Finish the Errors Analysis assignment we began in class. These will be turned in at the start of class on Thursday. Perfect the Hartman essay to prepare it for me to grade.
Revise the Hartman essay per my grading rubric, and THEN edit it a final time, correcting the errors that you fixed and discusssed from the Creator Mindset essay.

Thursday, 10/9 1] Turn in Errors Analysis/Revision assignments for the Creators Mindset essays; and turn in the Hartman essays to be graded. 2] Two points of extra credit for the first person who can tell the class the historical reason why the commas and periods always go inside a close quote mark in North American publishing and academic writing. (I.e., it is not so in Great Britain.) 3] Work on Editing Experts project. Use the Mozilla browser to look at the way this site (GCF LearnFree.org's Grammar Briefs) presents information about semicolons. I think it is a good model for how to teach a not-so-interesting concept by use of visuals.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/14:
Do Phase 1 of the multitasking and time management researched project. Go to the lesson page at the link and do all of the activities in the box called "Phase 1." There are four steps in this first phase of the project: 1] the Wordle freewrite (to jump start your brain), 2] the vocabulary definitions, using context clues and a dictionary to define the words as they are meant in the context of the essay, 3] the paraphrasing activity (answering my questions in your own words), and 4] the article summary.

Week Nine

Tuesday, 10/14 1] Discuss multitasking/impulse control article summaries. 2] Work all the lessons on your group's editing skill in the W. W. Norton editing lessons which accompany their Field Guide to Writing's handbook, and related to your groups skill; also do all the related editing exercises in the Guide to Grammar and Writing site.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/16:
Finish the editing exercises at the W. W. Norton site and on the GGW, which we began in class.

Thursday, 10/16 1] I will model a mini-lesson on using commas to add information to a sentence 2] Work on Editing Experts project, preparing content for your mini-lesson.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/21:
Revise the paragraph summarizing the Sparks article, including a correctly punctuated parenthetical citation and a correctly formatted and punctuated works citred entry.

Week Ten

Tuesday, 10/21 Discuss multitasking/impulse control and Write "Phase 2" paragraph from multitasking and time management.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/23:
Revise the paragraph summarizing the Sparks article, and . . .
Finish drafting the "Phase 2" paragraph describing your own experiences when you have felt that you were "multitasking," bearing in mind what Sparks research has informed us about the realities of what we have come to call multitasking.

Thursday, 10/23 1] Experts group progress report 2] Discuss multitasking/impulse control and Write "Phase 2" paragraph from multitasking and time management.

Progress report will show:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/28:
1] Prepare paragraphs 1 and 2 (Phases 1 & 2 from the multitasking/time management lesson page) for peer review at the start of class on Tuesday 10/28
2] Work lessons and interactive quizzes on the editing errors that you analyzed in the errors analysis project, from your ptterns of erro on the C & V essay. These are the editing problems you will need to overcome on your subsequent essays. Use our extant resources, W. W. Norton's Exercise Central and The Guide to Grammar and Writing website.
3] Find interactive lessons, quizzes, or exercises, similar to those in the GGW and the Norton site, which will give you more practice in trying to work out your editing errors. Save the URL and a short description of what is at that site because you will share your resources with your class colleagues, and they will share their finds with you. Let's all work together to get rid of these pesky editing errors!

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 10/28 1] Share your practice and exercise resources with your colleagues. 2] Peer review paragraphs 1 and 2 from "multitasking/time management. 3] Preview the time management article by discussing Steven Covey's time manageent matrix.

Thursday, 10/30 Drafting/revising workshop: My apologies for not getting the assignment posted to write the summary of the McKay's article, so let's write the "Phase 3" summary during class today.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/4:
1] Vote on 11/4!
2] Finish or revise the "Phase 3" summary paragraph.
3] Read steps 10 and 11, and draft a paragraph as instructed in step 11. Don't marry yourself to it because we will do the step 10 discussion in class on Tuesday, and you may want to revise it following that discussion, or perhaps your paragraph will outline things your discussion group will want to include in their paragraphs, too.
4] Place all your Q2 "big rocks" in your time jar first!

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 11/4 Writing Workshop: Revising body paragraph 4

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/4: Finish the multitasking and time management essay, following the grading rubric in step 13 on the lesson page.

Thursday, 11/6 1] Turn in the multitasking and time management essay at the start of class. 2] Team meetings to finish preparing the editing experts presentations. 3] Discuss the next project which will answer that nagging question: "Why do we have to take all these @$#%*&! English and speech classes?!?"

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/11: Research Question 1 activities from the project on Communicating as a Professional. This culminates in a paragraph which paraphrases six to eight of the most important details from two short articles.

Week Thirteen: Presentation and Webfolio week

Tuesday, 11/11 1] Group presentations. Today, the Sentence Fragments and the Quotations

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/13:
Research Question 2 activities from the project on Communicating as a Professional. This culminates in a paragraph derived from the Occupational Outlook Handbook which describes, in paraphrases, the communication skills necessary to enter and succeed in your chosen profession.
2] Bring your marked errors analyses to class so that I can record your score if your last name begins in the R-W range of the alphabet.

Thursday, 11/13 1] Recording errors analysis scores. 2] Group presentations. 3] Discuss Paragraph 3 of the professional communication essay

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/18:
Paragraph 3 of professional communication essay. Finish the Intro and Concluding paragraphs if you want to.

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, 11/18 Class is cancelled for today, folks. Check this page for instructions about Thursday.

Thursday, 11/20 1] Recording errors analysis scores. 2] Group presentations will finish on Tuesday rather than today. 3] Finish drafting the rest of the professional communication essay. If it is drafted already, then peer review your paper with a colleague who, likewise, has finished drafting the whole essay, following the grading rubric. Note: We will not peer review these papers in class next Tuesday, so this is your only in-class opportunity for feedback.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/25:

Week Fourteen.five

Tuesday, 11/25 1] Wix.com webpage building workshop: The fun begins! 1.1] When you register, you will want to use your personal email address since this will be your personal site, and you may want to keep developing it past the time that you are a TNCC student. 1.2] There are issues with Wix interfacing with the I. E. browser, so please use Mozilla or Chrome.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 12/1: Begin your Wix.com website for hosting your Eng. 111 class projects. Starter suggestions for what to put on your homepage follow:

Thursday, 11/27 Celebrate the things in your life that you have to be thankful for. They are abundant, even when we sometimes think there is nothing.

Week Fifteen

Tuesday, 12/2 1] Wix.com webpage building workshop: How are we doing? Let's share our home pages and help each other with problems we have experienced. 2] Revising Hartman essays

Homework assignment for Thursday, 12/4:

  1. Finish revising the Hartman essay, applying all you have learned about good writing in general, editing in particular, and documenting specifically.
  2. Post the revised Hartman essay to your webfolio. I will grade it in that format rather than in paper copy.

Thursday, 12/4 Workshop day: 1] Revising returned essays 2] Webpage activities: Viewing and sharing, trouble shooting problems, sharing "aha" moments, and let's look at the Hartman essay pages.

Homework assignment:

Pick up your Professional Communication essays on Tuesday or Wednesday if you want to revise and edit them before the final class on Thursday at 11 a.m. They will be in a folder on the door of my office, room 874 of Templin Hall, after 12:15 on Tuesday, 12/9. I returned those papers to several folks last Thursday, but was not able to get the rest of them graded by that time.

Week Sixteen

Thursday, 12/11, 10:45-1:15 1] Collect the web site URLs: First, log in to Wix and "publish" if you have not already done so. Second, log into MyTNCC and go to your email where you will find an invitation link so that we all e in the same environment. Finally, copy and paste your URL next to your name. 2] Finish editing, revising, and uploading returned multitasking/time manageent and professional communication essays. Incoporate these suggestions into your multitasking essay revisions. 3] Finish tweaking the webfolio, which contains all of the elements listed below. 4] Write the course evaluations. 5] Finish the semester in English 111. Adios, amigos! It has been a good experience.

Webfolios will contain the following:

Assignment any time before 11:59 p.m. 12/12/14:

DOH! Sorry folks. I was trying to pay attention to too many details during class and told you to finish up your webfolios by Sunday night, but then typed 12/12 instead of 12/14. I will start looking at them tomorrow morning, Monday, 12/15/14.

Th- Th- Th- That's all folks! :-) smiling pig


Webfolios of recent English 111 students' work:
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