R. Dollieslager's English 111-22H,
Tues. & Thurs., 9:30-11:00
Weekly Schedule Spring 2016
Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Mr. D's email address: dollier@tncc.edu
  • Office Hours in room 916: M & W 12:30-2:00 p.m.
  • Office Hours in my office, room 874: M & W 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; T & Th 9:00-9:30
  • Williamsburg campus office hours in room 233: T & Th 5:30-6:30

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Multitasking: Messing up several things at one time!

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

Week 1

Final Class: 8:00-10:30 a.m., Weds. 12/9/15

Researched Essay Topics and Other Projects:

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

Week One

Tuesday, 1/12 Getting started: Introductions, "house-keeping," and begin drafting reading literacy narrative, per the instructions in the handout

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/13

Thursday, 1/14 1] Submit the reading literacy narrative. 2] Discuss "The Late Paper" case study. 3] Access the class page and syllabus.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/19

Week Two

Tuesday, 1/19/16 1] Finish the syllabus. 2] Discuss the next project.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/21/16

Thursday, 1/21/16 In-class activities: 1] Punctuality quiz (2 points) 2] Tweak and adopt the course sylabus. 3] Begin writing critical thinking journal entry #1: Henry Ford quote.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/26/16

Week Three

Tuesday, 1/26/16 In-class activities: 1] Introduction to Cornell-style note taking. 2] Group discussion of similarities in learning processes. 3] Lecture/note-taking on the Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP) based on Dr. Rita Smilkstein's research.

Resource for the NHLP research:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/28/16

Thursday, 1/28/16 In-class activities: 1] Formatting: Let's check the works cited format for your NHLP summary paragraph. 2] Compose paragraph two which shows your learning activity in each of the stages of the NHLP. Use Smilkstein's terms to describe your learning process. For example: I learned gardening in the stages that Smilkstein describes, and I have continued to refine and develop this craft throughout my life. My motivation to learn gardening came from necessity, since I grew up on a farm and had to participate in all of the farm chores. I began to practice this art by . . . etc.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/2/16

Week Four

Tuesday, 2/2/16 From Psychology Today on line: "Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. . . mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience."

In-class workshop: Editing and revising. Is punctuation important? Punctuating a short letter. The two million dollar comma. Two million dollars?! (Yep)

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/4/16

Thursday, 2/4/16 In-class activities: 1] Discuss documenting sources, esp. Critical Thinking Journals 2] Lecture/note-taking on how neurons grow and develop, in some ways which are comparable to trees.

Week Five

Tuesday, 2/9/16 In-class activities: 1] Lecture/discussion/note-taking: synaptic firing. 2] Peer review the two NHLP paragraphs (one summarizing Chap. 2 of Smilkstein's book and one describing your own learning experience).

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/11/16

Thursday, 2/11/16 In-class activities: 1] Peer review and discuss paragraphs 3 and 4. 2] Re-review the lecture and discussions on how brain cells grow and develop due to synaptic firing during the learning process and how emotions control this process.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/16/16

Week Six

Tuesday, 2/16/16 In-class activities: 1] Brain Tests.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/18/16

Meta: How did you do on the Brain Test when you used your notes from class? How much better do you feel you did when you had the multiple choice and fill-in-the blank answers provided? Write two paragraphs, one full page, discussing 1] what you learned from this experience about the importance of taking good notes, of formatting them in Cornell style, of keeping notes organized, and of managing course notes. 2] In what ways is it easier to have a multiple choice test in which the answers are provided? Why is this so? What test-taking techniques did you use on the second test? Discuss in depth, please, and also speculate as to how many answers you would have gotten correct had you not had either the answer sheet or your notes.

Thursday, 2/18/16 In-class activities: 1 Discuss the homework due for 2/16/16 and begin drafting body paragraphs 5 and 6 and the concluding paragraph. 2] "Emotions Affect Learning" Instructions/grading rubric for brain development/college success researched essay, and how to write the documented concluding paragraph, which will solve ALLL your problems in life. ;-)

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/23/16

Week Seven

Tuesday, 2/23/16 In-class activities: 1] Tickets in the Door: discuss concerns or questions about finishing up the essay in class today. 2] Discuss introductions

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/25/16

Thursday, 2/25/16 In-class: 1] Submit (a) the brain essay, (b) critical thinking journal #2, and (3) answers to the three questions about essays and good writing. 2] Reading/note-taking workshop: "Phase One" of the multitasking and time management project.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/1/16

Week Eight

Tuesday, 3/1/16 In-class activities: 1] Discuss your notes and summary of the Sparks article from "Phase One" of our next research project. 2] Do the works cited entry for the Sparks article

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/3/16

Thursday, 3/3/16 In-class activities: Discuss "Phase three": Previewing reading and note taking using the SQ3R reading process. (Since we are taking notes to use in a researched paper, we will add "recite" to the "R's" per Steve Piscitelli's video on SQ4R, which you may review outside of class.) Section your notes sheet into Cornell format and follow the instructions on the lesson page. (We will all do S and Q together.)

Week Nine

Tuesday, 3/15/16 In-class note-taking activities: Chart your use of time. Make three columns on one side of a page and four on the other, one for each day of the week. Pencil in your class, work, and standard commited hours in time blocks in each column. In the unmarked portions of the column, pencil in what you typically do at that time on that day. Once you have filled in your week, record each activity in the appropriate Quadrant so that you can determine where you are currecntly spending most of your time. Ask yourself the following questions:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/17/16

Thursday, 3/17/16 In-class: 1] Submit your notes and summary of the Mueller article from "Phase Three" of our multitasking and time management research project. 2] Group discussions: Time management matrices. "How I am spending my time." 3] Begin drafting the "Phase Four" paragraph describing how you have been using your time and then outlining specific strategies you will use for planning how to be successful by moving your academic life into Quadrant 2.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/22/16

Week Ten

Tuesday, 3/22/16 In-class note-taking/composing:

  1. Begin research for Critical Thinking Journal #3. Use SQ4R note-taking. Follow the instructions for writing the critical thinking journals. The first step in critical thinking is to read and follow instructions. And DIVE DEEP!
  2. If you did not submit the summary of the Mueller article along with your notes last Thursday, submit this by the end of class today, along with an NQA coupon, or receive a grade of zero for the project (six points are possible).

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/24/16

Thursday, 3/24/16 In-class: 1] Print and submit Critical Thinking Journal #3. 2] Regroup and do "Punctuation Makes Meaning" critical reading and editing activity.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/29/16

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 3/29/16 In-class: 1] Discuss "diving deeper" into our critical thinking activities 2] Annotating the sites. Make your list of websites from the assignment for today into an annotated bibliography (appx. four sentences) describing the content and the specific value of the resources you have researched. Title it: Annotated Bibliography of Success Resources. Have at least five, but don't limit yourself to just five; add as many as you feel you will need or can use in this and in subsequent semesters. 3a] Intro to Google Docs for collaboration (log in) and 3b] begin the research for the group comma conventions project

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/29/16

Thursday, 3/31/16 In-class: 1] Take notes on in-text citations and works cited sections or pages and view and discuss the sample research paper 2] Begin the group comma conventions project 3] Discuss Critical Thinking Journal #3 and the summary of the article by Mueller.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/5/16

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 4/5/16 In-class activity: Group comma conventions project

Thursday, 4/7/16 In-class activity: Finish the group comma conventions project

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/12/16

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 4/12/16 In-class: 1] Print and submit the annotated bibliograph--if you did not turn it in to me last week. 2] Use the grading rubric to make last-minute revisions and edits to your multitasking and time management essay, then, once it is perfected, print and submit it before the end of class today.

Thursday, 4/14/16 In-class activity: Wix.com registration and webfolio start-up workshop. Let's look at the webfolios from Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 and then get your own started! To do this use Chrome rather than the I.E. browser. Internet Explorer does not want to play with the Wix websites and, undoubtedly, will not be up to the task of enabling you to start creating your own.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/19/16

Do you want to be financially successful, or do you want to be a shoe store clerk for the rest of your life? Here is the hidden secret for success from the nation's most financially successful people: READ! Take that link, and read it. In fact, read everything you can read. Or resist reading, for whatever your own reasons or excuses may be, and keep that shoe store clerk job--people need to buy shoes, after all. And you'll have about five to eight years in that position to find a new path in life before self-checkouts and on-line purchasing eliminate your clerk job.

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, 4/19/16 In-class: 1] Read the article linked in the text box above which discusses the part that reading plays in the lives of some of the most financially successful Americans today. 2] Read your emails from me and read everything posted in the Wix webpage building forum which I made in Google docs. 3] Work on your Wix.com website and post a question, answer, tip or help site to the Google doc Wix forum page. This is a 2-point assignment, folks, not a casual suggestion. 4] Discuss and pre-read about William Penn in order to prepare to write Critical Thinking Journal #5

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/21/16

Thursday, 4/21/16 In-class: 1] Discuss and then begin the Errors Analysis project for the multitasking and time-management essay. 2] A new reading to reinforce Sparks research prior to revising the essay. Read also some of the blog posts after the article, most notably Dr. Trepel's comments. 3] Submit critical thinking journal #5

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/26/16

Webfolios will include (at least) the following documents, items and elements:

  • Your home page, which will identify you and the purpose of this web site you are developing. It will include:
  • a brief introduction (some things about yourself) and
  • an image of you or an image that in some cogent way represents you.
  • Links to your class page and the TNCC website.
  • Your college email link or a Wix form for emailing you.
  • An index of links to your posted projects
  • Critical Thinking Journals, revised, edited, perfected
  • Two documented essays ( revised, edited, perfected): 1. multitasking/time management and 2. the learning and brain development essay. I have not marked the learning and brain development essay, so I will grade it "raw" in the webfolio; as such, edit carefully, looking for and correcting the kinds of errors which I marked on the multitasking essay.
  • Group comma conventions project link. (If you did it on MS Word, post it to your webfolio.)
  • Reading literacy narrative, revised, edited, completed.
  • It may also include items of your selection, such as your art work, poetry or fiction, your resume, reading lists, projects from other classes, information about your business or your job or links to your employer's website, photos and graphics--your own or those which are meaningful to you in some other way, movie reviews, your music, anything else that you have written. What else do you want to add?

Add-ins will be considered favorably when the webfolios are evaluated! :-)

This project comprises revisions of previously evaluated work, so be sure that your work is revised and edited per the marks and suggestions I have made, and reflecting what you have learned about editing throughout the semester.. It will total 10 points of credit (equivilant, almost, to two essay grades).

Week Fifteen: Revision week

Tuesday, 4/26/16 In-class: 1] Discuss the revision of the reading literacy narrative. Post it to your webfolio by Thursday. Instructions are in the box below. This will be graded IN your web folio and is a six-point assignment, so give it your complete attention. 2] Work on your webfolio. The contents are in the box above.

Revising and completing the reading literacy narrative

In the first week of class, you wrote a reading literacy narrative, describing your history, experiences, and development as a reader. I have returned those to you for editing, revision, and completion after four months of further experiences as a reader. Your assignment is to, first, edit your literacy narrative thoroughly, reflecting the editing knowledge and skills you have developed during this semester in English 111. Second, revise and complete the reading literacy narrative, discussing the reading skills, strategies, and techniques for academic reading which you have developed this semester. At the end of what you wrote in week one, after you have edited it carefully, make a transition stating that, since the start of the semester, you have learned important things about critical and academic reading.

Before beginning your revision and completion of the reading literacy narrative, review the following web pages to refresh your memory about the reading strategies and techniques which you have learned.

Homework assignment for Thuesday, 4/28/16

Thursday, 4/28/16 In-class activities: 1] course evaluations. 2] Revise and edit, per the instructions and grading rubric, the learning and brain development essay which you wrote in the first month of the semester. Six points. Post it before Tuesday.

Finals Week, Final Class: Tues., 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 5/3/16 In-class: Webfolio evaluation conferences and completion.


Check out previous Eng. 111 students' great Google webfolios and the even better, more recent Wix.com built webfolios

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