R. Dollieslager's English 111,
Math Marvels Community of Learners

Weekly Schedule Fall 2011
Thomas Nelson Community College

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What does it take to BE a Math Marvel?

Page last Updated: 6 December 2011, 8:25 a.m.

Contact me whenever you have questions, concerns, problems: dollier@tncc.edu

This schedule will be updated frequently, so check it often.

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Week 8
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Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16

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

Answers to the MLA documentations test assignment

Week One

Tuesday, 8/23 Getting started: The syllabus, "house-keeping" and policies for success

Thursday 8/25 1] Let's find out about our preferred learning style with The V.A.R.K website. 2] Begin composing a one-pager which proves that you learn through the modalities indicated on your V.A.R.K learning styles inventory.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 8/30: Draft a one-pager (appx 200-250 words) which proves that you learn through the modalities indicated on your V.A.R.K learning styles inventory.

Week Two

Tuesday, 8/30 Discuss the V.A.R.K. website and learning styles questionairre

Thursday 9/1 In-class activities: 1] Popcorn reading and notetaking from this 9-page article on Multiple Intelligences. (Don't worry--it's not as long as "9-pages" really .) This source includes gardner's definition of an "intelligence," which will be important to know. 2] Take this MI inventory to ascertain your own innate intelligences and also take the MI quiz at the bottom of page one from the article on Multiple Intelligences. 3] Begin composing (using your notes from class and your two MI survey results) two paragraphs showing that your results are true about you. If you answered honestly, your results cannot be false. One paragraph will show that your higher score areas are true about you by providing specific, concrete examples showing that they are true. The second will illustrate, with specific examples, that your lower score areas are true also.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/6: Due: Drafts of two paragraphs about your MI inventory results, with instructions posted above.

Week Three

Tuesday, 9/6 1] Documenting your sources with parenthetical citations and works cited entries to avoid plagiarism. Group research/discussion questions are posted below.

Parenthetical citations

  1. Why do we cite?
  2. Why do we use parenthetical citations rather than endnotes or footnotes?
  3. In MLA style, what information, in general, goes into the parentheses for an ON-LINE source?

Works Cited entries

  1. Where are they located in the paper?
  2. What information, in general, is included in a works cited entry for an ON-LINE source?
  3. How is the list of works cited entries organized in a paper?


  1. What is plagiarism?
  2. How is it avoided?
  3. What must be cited?
  4. What is (are) the penalty (penalties) for intentional plagiarism? For UN-intentional plagiarism?

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/8:
1] Compose four works cited entries for the sources we have used so far: the VARK website, the Kendra Cherry article from About.com, the MI inventory site that we used to ascertain our MI profiles, and the Mark Smith article on the Infed.org site that gives Gardner's definition of "intelligences." 2] Print out your four works cited entries after arranging them as a works cited section of an essay should be organized. Be prepared to turn these in on Thursday.

Thursday 9/8 In-class activities: In your triad, check the accuracy of your works cited entries and formatting by referring to the Purdue OWL web site.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/13. DUE AT THE START OF CLASS:
Combine your paragraphs on the VARK and the MI research (and your results) and revise them into the body of your (researched) essay on "How I Will Become a Math Marvel." To organize it, the VARK infromation should be the first part of the body of the essay, and the MI research and results should be the second part of the body of the essay. Those parts will lead up to the third, and most important part of the paper, which is HOW you will use this information (and the information from your Purple Math study skills survey) to be successful at math this semester. (In other words, how you will become a Math Marvel.) This paper should be about 3-4 pages in length. It should include parenthetical citations where they are needed (research this; we haven't covered it fully in class yet). And it should end with the correctly formattted works cited section referencing the four (or five if you include Purple Math) web sites we used to research this topic. Use the Purdue OWL for information on parenthetical citations and use the Norton Handbook and it's exercises section (posted below) to sharpen your editing skills before turning this in for a grade on Tuesday.

If you send me your MI one-pager today (it was assigned above on 9/1/11) as an email attachment in MS Word or .rtf format, I will give you feedback and revision suggestions for you to include when you revise the apragraphs into the essay on how to be a math marvel. my email address is: dollier@tncc.edu.

Week Four

Tuesday, 9/13 1] Placing parenthetical citations and in-text atributions correctly, 2] Peer evaluating or self-evaluating using the Guide to Grammar and Writing's "Editing Checklist" pages.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/15. DUE AT THE START OF CLASS:
Final copy of the Math Marvel essay with correct parenthetical or other in-text citations, correctly formatted direct quotes and parapahrase, and a works cited section with at least four correctly formatted source listed.

Thursday 9/15 In-class activities: 1] Final proof-read of your essays before turning them in. 2] Discuss and collaborate briefly on the math journals for Prof. Nystrom's class. 3] Discuss and begin researching information for an annotated bibliography of math help websites.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/20:
Draft of an annotated bibliography of five math help or math homework web sites that you would find useful for Math 3 class. The annotation will be one paragraph for each site, approximately 120-150 words in length. It will tell what type of math help is available there, who created or published it online (i.e., is it from a credible source?), and why you find that particular site useful. The annotations will also, of course, include the full and correctly formatted works cited entry for each site you include in your review. Do not waste time reviewing and annotating sites that you do not understand or that cover material not relevant to the content of Math 3. In class on Tuesday, we will share these sites, "tweak" the works cited entries for each, and add an introductory paragraph discussing the purpose of the project. It will be due at the end of class on Tuesday, so do your homework before you come to class.

Week Five

Tuesday, 9/20 In-class: Editing the drafts of your annotated bibliographies.
Before finishing the annotated bibliographies, we need to be more clear about how to do works cited entries in MLA format. We can use the Purdue OWL web site for models:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/22:
Final version of your annotated bibliography of five math sites. Be sure you are formating in MLA style. Refer to the site links posted above at today's date for examples and models. The Purdue OWL is a good source for information on writing and formatting researched papers and annotated bibliographies.

Thursday, 9/22 In-class: Preparing for the Errors Analysis project.
From W.W. Norton's Exercise Central, quietly work the lessons marked on the whiteboard, doing the paragraph lessons first. Please refer to the handbook links from the lessons so that you become familiar with how it works and one of the ways to access it. You will be using it extensively for the Errors Analysis project and for editing your papers for the rest of the semester.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/27:
Punctuation Makes Meaning. Why do we punctuate? Does punctuation make a difference in how we undersand the content of a text? Let's do this critical reading and punctuation exercise to see. Punctuating Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.

Week Six

Tuesday, 9/27 In-class: 1] Turn in the Icarus exercise, 2] Discussing revisions of the Math Marvels essays, 3] and starting the Errors Analysis project

Folks, please use the online citation generator or use the citation maker function on the newest version of MS Word (Word 2010) to get the basic format and information for works cited entries. Then compare your results to a sample in a current paper handbook or on-line hadbook to ensure they are correct. NOTE: It may NOT be perfect when you get the results from the computer, so be sure to find the correct model for the type of resource you are using.

Week Seven

Tuesday, 10/4 In-class: 1] Turn in the Icarus exercise, 2] Go to Ginny, make a new account if you don't already have one, and do the skills assessment. Preview the resulting job clusters. If you don't think they are a fit for your skills then re-do the skills assessment. 3] Write a pragraph of about 150 words discussing the results of your skills assessment. Folks, DIVE DEEP! 4] Document the source with an in-text citation and a works cited entry. (Use the online citation generator or use the citation maker function on MS Word.)

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/4:
After completing your paragraph (assigned in class) discussing the results from your Virginia Wizard Skills Assessment (DISCUSSING, not "rejecting out of hand"!!), go back to Ginny and do the "Interests Assessment," and then write a paragraph showing how the outcomes of the interest assessment are true about you. If you do not think they are true about you, re-do the inventory and answer the questions more carefully. Document the sources with a works cited entry and an in-text citation.
Due at the start of class on Thursday, 2 documented paragraphs discussing the results of (1) your skills assessment and (2) your interests assessment.

Thursday, 10/6 In-class: 1] Discuss and continue career exploration using the O.O.H. 2] Read the instructions (and follow them!) for a fool-proof, plagiarism-proof method for writing summaries

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/11:
Compose two paragraphs from your research of the O.O.H.:

  1. A summary (following the summarizing instructions) of the necessary qualifications for and the nature of the work you will be doing in your chosen profession
  2. A discussion of the math skills and the communications skills it will take to (1) qualify for entry in your profession, and (2) conduct your daily work succesfully

Document the sources with correctly formatted works cited entries (if you use more than one web page from the O.O.H.), and the correct in-text or parenthetical citation(s) for the page(s)/site

Week Eight

Tuesday, 10/11 In-class: Research and discuss job descriptions from O.O.H. or other reputable sources.

Thursday, 10/13 In-class: Revise the returned annotated bibliography.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/18:
1] Turn in the final draft of the annotated bibliography. If you missed class on 10/13, the draft you turned in previously IS your final and is graded as such. There is no opportunity to resubmit it.
2] Due at the start of class: Career exploration essay, comprising the paragraphs assigned in week seven above. The content of the essay will

The sources will be correctly documented in the paper, with in-text parenthetical citations and correctly formatted works cited entries.

Week Nine

Tuesday, 10/18 In-class: 1] Write the start-up quiz (1 point, 2 questions); 2] waste the morning because we want to trapse in whenever we feel like it.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/20:
Write a one-paragraph summary (appx. 150-200 words) of the Natural Human Learning Process described in the research of Dr. Rita Smilkstein. Document your summary with a parenthetical citation at the end of the paragraph and doucment your sources with a works cited entry.

Thursday, 10/20 In-class: Recognizing puntcuation patterns

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/25:
Work this quiz on MLA documentation conventions and then do this citation activity
Finish the punctuation patterns exercise to turn in at the start of class on Monday

Week Ten

Tuesday, 10/25 In-class: I won't be with you in class today as I am hosting a conference for English and math teachers in Richmond. I will return on Thursday. During class, do this MLA documentation conventions test. It is due at the start of class on Thursday. Use your class time wisely. You may collaborate on it if you wish.

Attendance and punctuality, YOUR choice: If you are going to be in class and be here on time, starting Thursday, I will teach you a series of fascinating lessons on how the brain functions, develops, and actually grows during the learning process. With this material, you will understand how to learn anything. However, if you are going to continue to waste your time and mine by cutting classes, showing up any time you want to between 8 and 9:15, or simply dinking around during class, I won't teach you anything because it is impossible in that environment. Instead, I will just make assignments and grade you on your ability to fulfill them by learning this difficult material through other means: pure research, conducted on your own. Any student can learn everything he or she needs to know in this or any other class simply by researching and reading the material that is covered in the course. That's the Read/Write modality in the VARK learning paradigm. If you want to learn from me and with me using the other modalities--Visual, Aural and Kinesthetic, in addition to Read/Write--then get your act together, be here on time, be ready to engage ALL of your learning modalities and you will learn some very valuable lessons that I call "An Owner's Manual for Your Brain."

Thursday, 10/27 In-class: Learning about Dr. Rita Smilkstein's Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP)

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/1:
Write one or two paragraphs which (1) describe the stages of the NHLP, according to Dr. Rita Smilkstein's research, and (2) shows that you learned a major skill through these stages or steps.

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 11/1 In-class: 1] Why do we learn by the NHLP? It's not "magic." It's biology! That's right: learning is a biological process!! Let's see how so that we can understand why we learn in these stages or phases. 2] Once more to the OWL: Let's see what the problem is with your parenthetical citations and works cited sections by consulting the Purdue University OWL.

Thursday, 11/3 In-class: 1] Reviewing Why we learn by the NHLP, the process and the biology of brain development. 2] Once more to the OWL: Let's see what the problem is with your parenthetical citations and works cited sections by consulting the Purdue University OWL.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/8:
Write several paragraphs on brain development: 1] one paragraph about how neurons grow and develop (similar to trees), 2] one paragraph about how synapict firing takes place (similar to a spark plug firing), 3] one paragraph discussing how emotions "affect" learning and giving examples of situations in which you can and should have applied this information, 4] a concluding paragraph discussing why it is important to know how we learn, how the brain functions and grows during learning, and what we can and can't learn once we know how and why this process takes place.

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 11/8 In class: I am presenting a seminar to teachers in Nashville, Tenn. today, so . . .
1] consult with each other about how to cite your source, add you parenthetical citations to your paragraphs, and the works cited entry. Even though you got the information from our class discussion/lecture/Power Points, I want you to use the primary reference from which all this material was drawn. Here is a link to Dr. Smilkstein's book information on a commercial web site:
You MAY need to find additional information about the book in order to do the works cited entry.
In class 2] Trade your brain development essay with a collegue, and read them. Give each other feedback on the content:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/10:
Brain development essay due at the start of class on Thursday. Unless you used additional sources that I did not assign or cover, your works cited will have one entry, a reference to Rita Smilkstein's book.

Thursday, 11/10 In class: 1] Use the editing checklist handout for the brain development essay, and go through your own paper to ensure that it has all the elements required and is well edited. Then trade your paper with a colleagtue so that you have another set of eyes on it, and check your partner's essay and checklist provideing feedback on errors or needed improvements. 2] Use the "Editing Checklist page" of links from the Guide to Grammar and Writing to look up any areas of concern you may have about the editing conventions.

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 11/15 In class: Begin webfolio development using Google apps.

Thursday, 11/17 In class webfolio workshop: Revise, edit and post major projects to your webfolio. Here is a link to the Google sites help pages, and their information page on recent updates. Additionally, here is a link to the Guide to Grammar and Writing section on transitions. Please read it and revise your essays to include good transitions betweent the parts of the researched essays in order to move smoothly from one topic to the next in the paper and to also link the paragraph topics to the purpose and thesis of the essays.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/29:
1] Google site/webfolio: Have all of your major projects posted in your Google Sites webfolio and revise and edit them to the best of your abilities if I have not yet returned your graded originals. If I have marked and returned your essays, be sure that all the corrections and revisions are reflected in the final versions, which will be posted to your webfolio by Tuesday 11/29.
2] Read about extended metaphor as a critical analysis technique. IS writing like cooking, or is it more like building a house? Or is it like . . .

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, 11/29 In class: 1] Discuss webfolio development--successes, problems, trouble-shooting, sharing. 2] Discuss metaphor as a critical thinking tool.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 12/1: 1] Outline your writing process, in a concrete, descriptive way, from start to finish. Think about all of your preferences when you write: where you like to do it; what equipment you like to use when starting, drafting, editing, revising; what resources you use; what your concerns are when writing; how you bring the project from conception to completion; how you know when it is finished; and how you take satisfiaction from the activity of writing. 2] Outline your chosen activity to compare writing to, considering how you got started on this activity, why you do it, how it is challenging to you, how it is successful or rewarding to you, etc. 3] Assess the ways in which these activities are similar and draft an extended metaphor essay describing your writing process.

Thursday, 12/1 In class: 1] Show me your drafts of the extended metaphor, 2] Activity: Review sentence construction, verb use, internal punctuation by playing Jeopardy, for BIG money!!

Here are some resources to prepare for winning big money at Punctuation and Grammar Jeopardy

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 12/6:
1] Revise/edit/complete
extended metaphor essays
2] Revise/edit
all other essays for the webfolio

Resources for correcting editing problems and preparing your essays for the webfolios:

Week Fifteen

Tuesday, 12/6 In class: 1] Edit/revise extended metaphor essays, 2] Post work in the web folio

Thursday, 12/8 In class: 1] Edit/revise extended metaphor essays, 2] Post work in the web folio

Index of Math Marvels Web Sites: Everone made thier own "webfolio" of major projects--great stuff!

Week Sixteen

Tuesday, 12/13 In class: Revise/edit/correct webfolios.

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