R. Dollieslager's
Weekly Schedule Fall 2019

English 111,
M & W, 4:00 pm

Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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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.

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Semester Projects:

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

Week 1


  • The Congressional Record: Track daily debates and search for your representatives' and senators' voting records.
  • Emergent: "A Real-Time Rumor Tracker"
  • Fact Check.Org A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center: In an era of ever-increasing "fake news" sources, unreal "reality TV," entrenched political bias, science deniers, and rampant propagandizing, check your facts before you espouse your opinions or quote falsehoods.
  • Fact Checker. A service of The Washington Post
  • Library of Congress The largest repository of primary sources of information aside form the Internet itself--but much easier to find.
  • Snopes "Welcome to Snopes.com, the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."
  • Urban Legends "Where you'll find the most popular urban legends and be entertained with email rumors, recent internet hoaxes and stories you swore actually happened to your friend's, cousin's, pet sitter's, roommate, when she was in college."
  • "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" NPR, 5 Dec. 2016


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

Week One

Wednesday, 8/21/19
In-class activities: 1] Introductions. 2] Accessing the class web page and homework for Monday.

Homework assignment for Monday, 8/26/18:

Week Two

Monday, 8/26/19
In-class activities: 1] Accessing Google Docs and Canvas to post your Reading Literacy Narrative. 2]
Registration and introduction to the Little Seagull Handbook/InQuizitve lessons (class set # is 190337) and the Norton Write lessons (class set # will be provided upon purchase of the Little Seagull)

Wednesday, 8/28/19
In-class activities: Discuss cell phone articles

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/4/18:

Week Three

Wednesday 9/4/19
In-class activities: 1] Introduction to essay #1,
Communicating as a Professional. "Phase One" Paraphrasing from two sources in one paragraph. 2] Introduction to Norton Write handbook lessons. Please add yourself to this class set: 193117 and work the Tutorial called Avoiding Plagiarism.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/9/19:

Week Four

Monday 9/9/19
In-class activities: 1] Complete "
Phase One" of essay #1, (Communicating as a Professional)--documenting, revising, polishing the paragraph which paraphrases from the Adams and Weins articles. Run it through the Assistive Technologies, post it to Canvas, and use the TurnitIn plagiarism tool to ensure you have not unintentionally plagiarized. 2] Discuss and begin "Phase Two," exploring and extrapolating information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/11/18:

Wednesday 9/11/19
In-class activities: Begin "Phase Three" of research on communicating as a professional, Critical Application.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/16/19:

Week Five

Monday 9/16/19
In-class activities: 1] Remind texting app. Only four people have added yoursleves to the Remind database for this class. Remind is just a texting app, but it is necessary so that I can contact you for quick but important messages such as if I get sick and you don't need to come to class, or if I change an assignment due to some confusion that becomes obvious when I start grading. That situation occurred already, and I posted an anouncement to Canvas to clarify the Adams and Weins assignment. If you did not already receive a text from me on the Remind app, then download it to your cell phone from the App Store, Enter this number: 81010; and text the following message to add yourself to the class set: @eng111mon 2] Reconstructing Bertrand Russell's life.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/18/18:

Wednesday 9/18/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss (graded assignment) vocab and notes from the instructions for researching and writing the Adams and Weins paragraph. 2] SQ4R for "Battle of the Ants"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/19/18, by midnight:

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/23/18:

Week Six

Monday 9/23/19
In-class activities: Open-notes test on "
Battle of the Ants." What's the essay really all about? "Deep reading" is much like reading entries in the Wikipedia: there are tons and tons of hot links in their articles which take you to other sources with ancillary information to aid in understanding what may seem to be a very short article. In texts that pre-date the Internet, we have to be our own hot-linkers and dig deep frequently in order to ferret out meanings and connections.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/25/19:

Wednesday 9/25/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)" 2] Begin SQ4R note taking on "Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate"

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/30/19:

Week Seven

Monday 10/2/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss the readings "
Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate" and "Your Best Tips for Beating Procrastination." 2] Research and note-taking workshop. Problem/solution essay on procrasination. In addition to the linked articles in the NYT, more resources are below:

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/7/19:

Week Eight

Monday 10/7 In-class activities: 1] Webfolio workshop. 2] Discuss "Battle of the Ants" and the open-notes test.

Homework assignment for Wedbnesday, 10/9/19:

Wednesday 10/9 In-class activities: Deep Learning through Deep Reading: George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant"

Week Nine

Monday 10/14 In-class group project: Making sense of comma uses and teaching your colleagues how to use them correctly. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."

Homework assignment for Wednesay, 10/16/19:

Week Ten

Monday 10/21 In-class group project: Making sense of comma uses and teaching your colleagues how to use them correctly. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 10/23/19:

Tuesday 10/24 In-class: Group project workshop, synchronous or asynchronous. Finish your plans for how to present, and who will present what. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."

Week Eleven

Wednesday 10/30 In-class: 1] Begin group presentations. Let's take another look at the Learning Pyramid, atop the class page. You will have a VERY difficult test on commas, based on comma purposes for making meaning and conventional place holding uses. I will be taking copious notes from each presentation and the test will be derived in large part from the presentations themselves, and it will include a comma purposes application component. If you are not, likewise, taking copious notes, expect to be dead in the water when you take the test. Engage. Interact. Question. Learn!! "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."2] Introduction to researching/writing/thinking for Critical Thinking Journals.

Homework assignment for Monday, 11/4/19:

Week Twelve-Fourteen

In-class: Develop and deliver group presentations.

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Monday 11/25 In-class: 1] Thesis statements activity posted in Canvas. 2] Discuss theis statements and Post-semester Reading Literacy editing and conclusions

Homework assignment for Monday, 12/2/19:

Week Fifteen

Monday 12/2 In-class 1] Discuss sentence patterns activity 2] Workshops: Editing, Revising and posting to Webfolio of Final Revisions.  

Webfolios of Final Edits and Revisions will include the perfected versions of the following:

Wednesday 12/4 In-class Workshops: Editing, Revising and posting to Webfolio of Final Revisions.

Important Webfolio information:

Week Sixteen, Final class

Wednesday 12/11, 4:15 pm-6:45 pm In-class: Webfolio mini-conferences and final preparation for grading.


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