R. Dollieslager's
Weekly Schedule Spring 2017

English 111-21W,
T-Th 9:30-10:45
Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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Office Hours: 9:00-11:00 M & W (4 hours);T & Th 9:00-9:30 (1 hour); and 12:45-2:00 M-Th (5 hours)
On-line office hour: TBA
Email me at dollier@tncc.edu

Page last Updated: 25 April 2017, 9:40 a.m.

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.

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

Week 1

Researched Essay Topics and Other Projects:

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

Week One

Thursday 1/12/17

In-class activities: 1] Identifying main ideas and supporting details in researched writing. 2] Process: First, highlight and copy the title, author's name and text of an article into an M.S. Word document. Then skim through the article to get an impression of what it is about and to get an overview of what sort of support is included and where the supporting details tend to be located. Next, background highlight the main ideas/topic sentences in light blue, and in yellow highlight all the details that support THAT main idea before moving on to the next. When finished highlith the conclusion in light grey, and then--after having read the whole article--go back and highlight the thesis statement in pink. 3] The readings:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/17/17:

Week Two

Tuesday 1/17/17
In-class activities: 1] Group activity: compare mark ups of four readings on cell phone use. 2] Discuss cell phone readings. 3] Upload
Reading Literacy Pre-Semester paper to Google Drive and post it to BlackBoard Assignments

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/19/17:

Thursday 1/19/17
In-class activities: 1] Group activity: compare mark ups of four readings on cell phone use. 2] Discuss cell phone readings. 3] Upload Reading Literacy Pre-Semester paper to Google Drive and post it to BlackBoard Assignments

Week Three

Tuesday 1/24/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss cell phone policy. 2] Cover works cited entries for the
annotated bibliography 3] Upload the annotated bibliography

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/26/17:

Thursday 1/26/17
In-class activities: Begin "Phase One" of "Communicating as a Professional": Note-taking and paraphrasing from sources

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/26/17:

Week Four

Tuesday 1/31/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss and "tweak" the "Phase One" paragraph 2] Register with Remind.com 3] Explore class resources: (a)
100 Ways to Use Google Drive, (b) Speechnotes voice-to-text tool, (c) M.S. Word's "Speak" text-to-voice editing tool. The passage below was created with Speechnotes; let's listen to it using "Speak" and then edit it for our paragraph which paraphrases the Adams and Weins articles:

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/2/17:

Thursday 2/2/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss Speechnotes voice-to-text tool--it only works on Chrome on the computer. 2] Discuss and begin "Phase 2" of "Communicating as a Professional"

Week Five

Tuesday 2/7/17
In-class activities: Discuss the second body paragraph and how to begin the third body paragraph of the Professional Communication essay

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/9/17:

Thursday 2/9/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss how to execute the third body paragraph of the "Professional Comunication" essay. 2] Group Activity: Reconstruct Bertrand Rusell's essay to focus on the importance of thesis statements and transitions. Here it is.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/14/17:

Week Six

Tuesday, 2/14/17 1] Peer review "Professional Communication" essays. 2] Final edits of essay, print it out and submit it.

Homework and resources for Thursday. Read and view the following:

Thursday, 2/16/17 1] Review the Learning Pyramid 2] Learning Unit: The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning.

Week Seven

Tuesday, 2/21/17 1] Complete the Cues column and Summary section on NHLP notes from Thursday. Ask any questions you have. (10 mins.) 2] Complete the learning unit on The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning. Take good notes for the test on Thurs.

Homework and resources for Thursday.

Thursday, 2/23/17 1] NHLP/Brain development test 2] Discuss "boilerplate comments" for revising the "Professional Communication" essays 3] Discuss and begin the Errors Analysis Project.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/28/17:

Week Eight

Tuesday, 2/28/17 1] Finish and submit the Errors Analysis Project, per instructions on the whiteboard. 2] Write a paragraph (or two) in which you discuss how you will employ specific strategies from these two resources, JMU's Learning Toolbox and The Study Guides and Strategies web site, to overcome the difficulty which you described in the previous paragraph (test anxiety, speech anxiety, overwhelm due to time management or procrastination, etc.), or similar such situations in which stress prevented you from achieving your desired learning outcomes. Choose a strategy from the Learning Toolbox and a strategy from the Study Guides and Strategies web site which are applicable. State what the strategies are called on the web sites, describe them, and describe how each will work to help you to overcome that particular stressor now and in the future.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/2/17:

Thursday 3/2/17
In-class activities: 1] Compose introductory and concluding paragaphs for the NHLP essay to finish it. 2] Add the Works Cited section 3] Submit the essay on BBd as soon as humanly possible, but no later than 9:30 a.m., 3/7/17..

  • Introductory paragraphs
  • Set the hook
  • Narrow the focus/provide needed background info
  • Clearly state the thesis
  • A thesis statement is NOT an announcement of intention
  • States the subject matter
  • Is unified
  • Clearly indicates the writer’s opinion
  • Contain the “key words” if possible

Body paragraph 1 describes the NHLP, according to Smilkstein, and describes how you went through each of the six stages when you learned ________.

Body paragraph 2 discusses how emotions affect learning, and describes a specific situation in which stress (noradrenalin) interfered with your successful learning outcomes.

Body paragraph 3 describes two strategies, from your research, which will enable you to overcome that learning difficulty hereafter.

Concluding paragraph

Must bring closure

Can paraphrase your main points

Can comment again on the subject matter

Can call for action on the part of the reader

Week Nine

Tuesday, 3/14/17 Group workshop: How much does punctuation matter? The Dear John Letter. A $2 million comma?!

Homework and resources for Thursday.

Thursday, 3/16/17 Discuss the Icarus Project: 1] Diving deep to ferret out meaning and interpretation, i.e., critical thinking activities 2] Using punctuation to make meaning and nuance

Homework and for Tuesday, 3/21/17

Week Ten

Tuesday, 3/21/17 1] Per review NHLP essays 2] Discuss and begin "Readings Analysis" (a) Identifying main ideas, explication, and supporting details (b) Making connections and researching background in The Battle of the Ants."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/23/17

Thursday, 3/23/17 1] Discuss the Battle of the Ants 2] Previewing reading and note taking using the SQ4R reading process, per Steve Piscitelli's video on SQ4R. Section your notes sheet into Cornell format and follow the instructions posted at "Phase One" of the Multitasking and Time Management Project. 3] Begin Phase One of the Multitasking and Time Management Project.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/28/17

Week Eleven

Tuesday, 3/28/17 In class: Discuss the Sparks article and the summary you have drafted from it.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/30/17

Thursday, 3/30/17 In class: 1] Discuss and tweak the documentation for the Sparks article summary. 2] "Phase One" of the "Multitasking and Time Management" project

Homework and for Tuesday, 4/4/17

Week Twelve

Tuesday, 4/4/17 In class: 1] Discuss your personal experiences when we have felt that we were "multitasking," and how to develop these into a paragraph. 2] Preview the Mueller article about Covey's time management matrix.

Thursday, 4/6/17 In class: 1] Discuss Mueller's article and how to use the time management matrix. 2] Submit the Mueller article summary, and 3] prepare for writing the final body paragraph by making two matrices: the first categorizes how you have used your time over the past week, by putting the activities you brainstormed on Tuesday into the four quadrants so that you can look at how you have been spending your time, with the past week being typical of that. For the second, make a to do list for the next week and then prioritize it by placing your list into the appropriate quadrant, including the number of hours you think it will take to accomplish each task.

Homework and for Tuesday, 4/11/17

Week Thirteen

Tuesday, 4/11/17 Reading Workshop: Review what we have learned and practiced this semester to develop good acadmic reading skills. Take copious notes because you will be writing about this in your final essay, which will be to complete the reading literacy narrative you began in week one.

Review: What have I learned about academic reading in English class?
Reading is a process

Reading academic texts requires engaging with texts, not just looking at the words:

  • Note taking—Cornell format video; Cornell format instructions
  • Identifying main ideas and major supporting details, and annotating them by marking and highlighting
  • Distinguishing between text that "shows" (narration, description, exemplification, empirical data) and text that "tells" (exposition, explanation, elaboration)
  • Reading strategies from the JMU Learning Toolbox
  • Reading strategies from the Study Guides network

Incorporating readings into my writing:

Attributing and citing sources, videos and tutorial:

Sample Reading Literacy Narratives: Kaytlyn Evans, Spring 2016; Josh Colonna, Fall 2016; Amanda Gentry, Fall 2016; Christina Villanueva, Spring 2016

Homework and for Thursday, 4/13/17

Week Fourteen

Tuesday, 4/18/17 Webfolio Workshop: View this tutorial on how to build a Google Sites website, and begin building your home page.

Homework and for Thursday, 4/20/17

Week Fifteen

Tuesday, 4/25/17 1] Check BBd Gradebook for accuracy, completeness. All grades should be posted but for multitasking essays, reading literacy narratives, and the webfolio of revisions. 2] Webfolio Workshop: Revising returned essays.

Completing the webfolio of revisions:

"Finals Week" schedule for ALL classes. Ours meets Thursday 5/4/17, 8:00-10:30


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