R. Dollieslager's
Weekly Schedule Fall 2018

English 111

Thomas Nelson Community College

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


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Class Video Resources
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Fall Class Schedule

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. How to cite a Youtube video.


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

Week 1

Final Class:

Semester Projects:

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

Week One

Wednesday 8/22/18

In-class activities: 1] Housekeeping: introductions and Remind.com2] Compose three paragraphs (appx. 1 and 1/2 pages typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman) for the
Pre-semester Reading Literacy Narrative diagnostic writing prompt.

Homework assignment for Monday, 8/27/17:

Week Two

Monday 8/27/18
In-class activities: 1] Post to BlackBoard: the
Pre-semester Reading Literacy Narrative diagnostic writing prompt. 2] Demonstrate Speechnotes to use for paraphrasing and summarizing the cell phone use articles. Note: Speechnotes is a Google app, so it only runs on the Chrome Browser on a computer, or from the Speechnote app, if you download that to your phone or other personal device.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 8/29/18:

Wednesday 8/29/18
In-class activities: Peer review, tweak and post the Annotated Bibliography projects.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/5/18:

Week Three

Wednesday 9/5/18
In-class activities: 1] Discuss the cell phone articles and cell phone policy. 2] Finalize the syllabus with regard to cell phone policy. 3] Discuss summarizing the Ed Week article on cell phone addiction.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/10/18:

Week Five

Monday 9/17/18
In-class activities: 1] Discuss evaluation of the annotated bibliographies and edits/revisions needed in them. Read the "
Boilerplate Comments," and edit/revise your project accordingly. Because I may not have marked the errors in the Boilerplate Comments on your individual submissions does NOT mean that your annotated bibliography has none of those errors. 2] View a correctly formatted annotated bibliography as a model for revising/correcting. 3] Discuss your summaries of the article on cell phone addiction and the paragraph you drafted about your own policy about cell phone use during class or during study. 4] Discuss how to complete the essay on cell phone use in classes and develop an outline for the essay.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/19/18:

Wednesday 9/19/18
In-class activities: 1] Discuss summaries of the Gardiner article and your "personal use policy" paragraphs. 2] Discuss (prove?): IS cell phone use, as Gardiner claims, actually an "addiction"?

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/24/18:

Week Six

Monday 9/24/18
In-class activities: Begin the Grammar Crossword. Find the sections in the
Norton Field Guide to Writing, 2nd Ed./Handbook that correspond to and can help you to answer the following questions, and pencil in the section number next to the clue on the crossword puzzle itself. Across: 1, 5, 17, 33, 41, 51, 56, 66. Down: 4, 10, 12, 25, 49. The Norton Field Guide's handbook section will be our primary editing handbook.

Homework assignment for Wednesday 9/26/18:

Wednesday 9/26/18
In-class activities: 1] Submit the Grammar Crosword activity, which includes three elements: (a) the completed puzzle with all correct answers, (b) the handbook section numbers appearing in the margin of the puzzle page next to the clue numbers lited above, (c) thirteen original sentences which demonstrate the editing or grammar conventions of the designated clues. 2] Peer review your completed and near-perfect draft of the cell phone policy essay.

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/8/18:

Week Seven

Monday 10/1/18
In-class activities: (Back-tracking) Paraphrasing and citing from multiple sources in one paragraph. "English 111 Course Objective #4: Introduce conventions of academic writing."

Homework assignment for Wednesday 10/3/18:

Wednesday 10/3/18
In-class activities: 1] Discuss the characteristics of academic essays and the qualities of a good thesis statement. 2] Reconstructing Bertrand Russell: (a) Pre-viewing. (b) Piecing together the puzzle.

Homework assignment for Monday 10/8/18:

Week Eight

Monday 10/8/18
In-class activities: 1] Group discussion--Titles, hooks, and theses. 2] Class discussion--the Case studies, the videos, readings, definitions. 3] Submit your rankings and notes.

Homework assignment for Wednesday 10/10/18:

Wednesday 10/10/18
In-class activities: 1] Print/submit cell phone essays 2] Group discussion--Creator behaviors v. Victim behaviors

Note-taking assignment for Monday 10/15/18. Its mid-term, so "Show me the money!"

Summary annotations of the articles will be appx. six sentences in length.

Week Nine

Monday 10/15/18
In-class activities: 1] Group/class discussion: definitions of Creator and Victim (according to Downing and others); "Excuses and Reasons" and "C vs V Language" 2] Begin or share research posted above as homework for today.

Note-taking assignment for Wednesday 10/17/18. Its mid-term, so "Show me the money!"

Summary annotations of the articles will be appx. six sentences in length.

Wednesday 10/17/18
In-class activity: Cyber-search. Take the invitation link in your email and follow the instructions to add your best resource to the database of sources related to Adopting a Creator Mindset.

Homework assignment for Monday 10/22/18:

Week Ten

Monday 10/22/18
In-class activities: Discuss responses to the first-week college preparedness survey and how these responses relate to our study of Creator and Victim attitudes and worldviews--or if you prefer other terminology for this same concept--adopting a "Growth Mindset" or an "Innovator Mindset." These are just different terms for the same idea, terms that you may encounter in a psychology textbook or a business management textbook.

Note-taking assignment for Wednesday 10/24/18.

Wenesday 10/24/18
In-class activities: 1] Listening activity: Last chance to clean up a mess. I will explain again what needs to be done to your individual entries in the big annotated bibliograpphy project, and I will grade your single submission to that database after class is over: 2 pts. for doing it right; 0 pts. if it is not because that means that you did not listen to and follow written and oral instructions, again. I simply will reiterate the same instructions I gave in class on Monday. That's all. 2] Graphic note-taking activity: Developing long lists of exemplfying behaviors and language to consider for inclusion in your essay, using Downing's book excerpt, the videos, the case studies, "Succeeding Against the Odds," and any sources from your own research and the shared annotated bibliography.

Assignments for Monday 10/29/18.

Sources for the handouts (case studies and the excerpt from Downing's book):

Week Eleven

Monday 10/29 No Class Today: Catch up on readings, note-taking or anything you are behind on. NQAs accepted. :-)

Homework assignment for Weds. 10/31:

Wednesday 10/31 In-class activities: 1] Discuss Boilerplate comments on revising and editing the returned cell phone essays. 2] Begin the Errors Analysis project.

Homework assignment for Fri. 11/2:

Week Twelve

Monday 11/5 In-class activities: 8 a.m., discuss progress on Errors Analysis Project and work on these during class. 2 p.m., begin Errors Analysis Project

Homework assignment for Weds. 11/7:

Wednesday 11/7/18
In-class activities: Begin Webfolio development

Some examples of Webfolios developed by Eng. 111 and Eng. 112 students in recent semesters:

Homework assignments for Monday 11/12/18.

Week Thirteen

Monday 11/12 In-class activities: 1] Progress check on Errors Analysis Project 2] Discussion/Group research, revising the concluding paragraph of "Success Mindset" essays

Homework assignment for Weds. 11/14:


Wednesday 11/14 In-class group project: Develop "Blocking Outlines" for your essay about adopting a success mindset.

The essay will include the following CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes)

Folks, I so hope you took the notes when they were assigned and that you wrote the paragraphs that were assigned throughout the month of October. If so, you have an easy paper to draft by weaving those components together. If not, you have a month of assignments to do in five days.

Week Thirteen.five

Monday 11/19 In-class activities: Peer Review the essay "Adopting a Success Mindset"

Homework assignment for Weds. 11/20:

Homework assignment for Mon. 11/26:

Wednesday 11/21 NO CLASS! Thanksgiving Break

Week Fourteen

Monday 11/26 In-class activities: 1] Publish your webfolio and then add your webfolio homepage link to the index, to which you have an invitation to edit in your email. Make it openly accessile to anyone on the Internet by selecting Publish Settings. 2] Draft the self-assessment essay per the instruction in the homework section below.

Webfolios of Final Revisions: Total points possible = 10

Your webfolio presents your best quality academic writing at the culmination of the semester, work which has been fully revised and edited following evaluation. The exception will be the final essay--the self-assessment of your development as an academic researcher--which will go into the webfolio as is and will be graded as a final draft. That "raw" paper is your opportunity to show me what you have learned about writing and also about editing your own work. (USE the assistive technologies!!)

Homepage minimum inclusions:

  • Your name
  • Short blurb which introduces you and the purpose (or purposes) of your website
  • Links to the TNCC homepage, class homepage, your college email address (hot-linked), navigation links to your project pages

Project pages include the following:

  • Annotated bibliography of cell phone articles
  • Two documented summary paragraphs excerpted from the essays
  • The Cell Phone Policy essay
  • The Success Mindset essay
  • The Self-Assessment of what you have learned (or re-learned) about conducting, collecting, writing, and documenting academic research projects


  • The webfolio is easily navigable, and the projects are easy to locate from your index page.
  • The text is easy to read, i.e., no dark text on a dark background, or vice versa.
  • As a Webfolio of Revisions, the work is revised and edited per evaluation suggestions, and is free of egregious errors of any sort.
  • Web pages vs. documents: Academic papers are visually boring; web pages should not be. It is easy to add visually appealing backgrounds, relevant graphics and images, and links to any sources which have been cited. Simply posting a Word document or linking to a Google document takes little effort and shows little pride in the work. Such minimal effort won't earn maximum credit.
  • Extra inclusions/extra effort will be reflected in the final grade for the webfolio. Extras may include work you have done for other classes, photos you have taken, social elements such as pet photos (particularly dogs) ;-) and family or friends photos, your art work, poetry, blog posts, links to and or images of your place of employment, college you plan to transfer to, images related to your future profession, etc. In other words--have FUN with your website!


Homework assignment for Weds. 11/28:

Wednesday 11/28 In-class activities: Peer review your research self-assessment

Homework assignment for Mon. 12/3:

Week Fifteen

Monday 12/3 In-class activities: Providing webfolio feedback. I have to access the webfolios of everyone in three Eng. 111 classes this week and next to provide suggestions for improvement, spot needed corrections, give kudos and back-pats for work well done; and, of course, to steal any ideas about design, function, and navigation that look good to me. ;-) Guess who else has to do that? YOU do! This is called making MY job easier, which keeps me in good spirits during the final weeks of the semester, something that YOU want since I have all this grading to do, including YOUR work. So, to start, without logging in to MyTNCC, see how many of these webfolios you can access, and that will tell you, first, how many people have listened to instructions or read them when I have repeatedly said, "Make your websites open to everyone on the Internet, for at least the last few weeks of class." And, as Scooby says, "Ret's ro." Webfolios Index, Fall 2018.

Homework assignment for Weds. 12/5:

Wednesday 12/5 In-class activities: Webfolio evaluation conferences

Week Sixteen

Monday 12/10 In-class activity: Webfolio evaluation conferences

Wednesday 12/12 Webfolio is due by 8 a.m. You need not meet with me on Weds., since I will be grading all day, but you may do so if you want to or need to.


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