R. Dollieslager's
Weekly Schedule Fall 2019

English 111
T-Th, 12:30

Thomas Nelson Community College

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


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Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
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:

Assistive writing and editing technologies:

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

Thursday 8/22/19
In-class activities: 1] Introductions.2] Accessing the class web page and homework assignment

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 8/27/18:

Week Two

Tuesday 8/27/19
In-class activities: 1] Registering with Remind app. Download the app, then enter this number: 81010; Text this message: @ttheng112] Accessing Google Docs and Canvas to post your Reading Literacy Narrative. 3] Discussing the cell phone articles

Thursday 8/29/19
In-class activities: 1]
Registration and introduction to the Little Seagull Handbook/InQuizitve lessons (class set # is 184676) and the Norton Write lessons (class set # will be provided upon purchase of the Little Seagull)

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/3/19:

Week Three

Tuesday 9/3/19
In-class activities: 1] Introduction to Norton Write handbook lessons. Please add yourself to this class set: 193114 and work the Tutorial called Avoiding Plagiarism. 2] Introduction to essay #1,
Communicating as a Professional. "Phase One" Paraphrasing from two sources in one paragraph.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/5/19:

Thursday 9/5/19
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 Tuesday, 9/10/19:

Week Four

Tuesday 9/10/19
In-class activities: 1] Tweaking the Adams and Weins paragraph for attribution and W.C. section. 2] Re-capping "
Phase Two"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/12/19:

Thursday 9/12/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss "Phase Two" paragraph. 2] Begin "Phase Three" of research on communicating as a professional, Critical Application and brainstorm together.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/17/19:

Week Five

Tuesday 9/17/19
In-class activities: Register for your free access to the New York Times:
https://libguides.tncc.edu/newyorktimes. You will have to separately register for access to both of the following. The instructions are on that previous link to the TNCC Library Guides

Thursday 9/19/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss
vocab and notes from the instructions for researching and writing the Adams and Weins paragraph.2] Group activity: Starting SQ4R for "Battle of the Ants"

Week Six

Tuesday 9/24/19
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 Thursday, 9/26/19:

Thursday 9/26/19
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" (I suggested that you take a picture of our pre-reading notes from yesterdy's class instead, ince we didn't have enought time to do that activity today).

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/1/19:

Week Seven

Thursday 10/3/19
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 Tuesday, 10/8/19:

Week Eight

Tuesday 10/8/19
In-class activities: 1] Return and discuss open-notes test on "
Battle of the Ants."

Thursday 10/10/19
In-class activities: 1] Research and writing workshop: "Battle of the Ants" or Critical Thinking Journal #1.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/15/19:

Week Nine

Tuesday 10/15 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 Thursday, 10/17/19:

Tuesday 10/15 In-class: Group project workshop: Add me to your Google doc and your presentation material so that I can view your progress and Making sense of comma uses and teaching your colleagues how to use them correctly. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/22/19:

Week Ten

Tuesday 10/22 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 Thursday, 10/24/19:

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

Tuesday 10/29 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 Thursday, 10/31/19:

Thursday 10/31 In-class: Group Presentations  

Week Twelve

Tuesday 11/5 In-class: 1] Finish group presentations. 2] Discuss deep reading activity for "Battle of the Ants."

Thursday 11/7 In-class: 1] Write self-evaluation and peer evalutions for group presentations 2] Discuss sentence patterns and sentence punctuating activity, which is posted in Canvas.

 Homework assignments

Week Thirteen

Tuesday 11/12 In-class: 1] Peer review sentence patterns and sentence punctuating activity 2] Discuss and begin CTJ#2.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/14/19:

Thursday 11/14 In-class: 1 ] Peer review CTJ#2 and sentence patterns activity.

Week Fourteen

Tuesday 11/19 In-class: 1] Technology freeze out: In-class, old-school paper activities, Logic/perception worksheet (jump-starting the brain) and popcorn reading of "A Medieval Romance."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/21/19:

Thursday 11/21 In-class: 1] Share conclusions for "A Medieval Romance" 2] Research Paulo Coelho with regard to his quote. What does that quote reflect about his life and his experiences? He is an extraordinarily popular writer internationally. However, so is J. K. Rowling, so is Suzanne Collins, so is Douglas Adams. Have those very entertaining writers "changed the world"? That he is a popular fiction writer is not the answer for decoding the message of Coelho's quote either. What did he do that gives him the right to make this claim?

Homework assignment for Thuesday, 12/3/19:

Week Fifteen

Tuesday 12/3 In-class: 1] Class discussion. What have you found about Coelho that supports his quote? 2] Compose CTJ#3 in class following group discussions.

Thursday 12/5 In-class: 1]

Finals Week, 12/10, 10:45-1:15

Tuesday 12/10 In-class: Revision workshop .


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