R. Dollieslager's
Weekly Schedule Spring 2017

English 111-03W,
M-W 2:00-3:15
Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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3/20-3/22, This Week, The Icarus Project: Making meaning with critical thinkng AND punctuation

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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: 24 April 2017, 3:30 p.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

Sample Researched Essay Topics and Other Projects:

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

Week One

Wednesday, 1/11/17

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 Wednesday, 1/18/17:

Week Two

Wednesday, 1/18/17
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 Monday, 1/23/17:

Week Three

Monday, 1/23/17
In-class activities: 1] Finish the
annotated bibliography of the articles about cell phone use by making works cited entries using the Little Seagull Handbook. We will peer review the annotated bibliogaphy in class and then submit it to BlackBoard following peer review. 2] Discuss and codify into the syllabus the class cell phone use policies. 3] Discuss the sample syllabus from Fall 2016 and adopt it, or make our own rules for deportment and success

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/25/17:

Wednesday, 1/25/17
In-class activities: 1] Finish the annotated bibliography.

Week Four

Monday, 1/30/17
In-class activities: 1] Register with Remind.com 3] Explore class resources:
100 Ways to Use Google Drive. 3] Begin "Phase One" of "Communicating as a Professional": Note-taking and paraphrasing from sources.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/1/17:

Wednesday, 2/1/17
In-class activities: 1] Discuss and
"tweak" the "Phase One" paragraph 2] Register with Remind.com 3] Explore class resources: (a) Speechnotes voice-to-text tool, (b) 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.

Week Five

Monday, 2/6/17
In-class activities: 1] Where are the annotated bibliographies, folks!? Only four were posted to BBd. Print them out so that I can mark them during class and we can talk about them before class ends today. 2] Review the
syllabus, including revised policy on cell phones, late work submission policy, and NQA coupons. It's a month into the semester: I can't be flexibile with assignment submission deadlines any more. 3] Discuss the second body paragraph, which describes necessary communication skills for success in your chosen profession. 4] Discuss "Phase 3" paragraphs.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/8/17:

Wednesday, 2/8/17
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 Wednesday, 2/8/17:

Week Six

Monday, 2/13/17 1] Review the format stipulations of researched essays in the Little Seagull Handbook. 2] Peer review "Professional Communication" essays. 3] Final edits of essay, print it out and submit it.

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

Wednesday, 2/15/17 1] Test out Remind.com. 2] Review the Learning Pyramid 3] Learning Unit: The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning.

Week Seven

Monday, 2/20/17 1] FOLKS!! Only three people have submitted the professional communication essay, and only ONE of those even remotely follows the paragraph-by-paragraph outline and instructions stipulated in the grading rubric. Let's go over the rubric and how to prepare the essay for grading, then get them revised and posted in BBd by 10 o'clock tonight or receive a grade of zero. That will be equivalent to one full letter grade for the semester! 2] Complete the Cues column and Summary section on NHLP notes from. Ask any questions you have. (10 mins.)

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

Wednesday, 2/22/17 1] Complete the learning unit on The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning. Take good notes for the test on Weds.

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/27/17:

Week Eight

Monday, 2/27/17 Technology blackout today, so we will discuss comma use and thesis satements. Take good notes.

Wednesday, 3/1/17 1] Develop the works cited for the NHLP essay 2] Discuss "boilerplate comments" for revising the "Professional Communication" essays 3] Discuss and begin the Errors Analysis Project.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/15/17:

Week Nine

Monday, 3/13/17 For the folks who missed class on 3/1/17: 1] Discuss "boilerplate comments" for revising the "Professional Communication" essays 2] Discuss and begin the Errors Analysis Project. 3] For everyone: 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. 4] I will preview the errors analysis projects for those who have completed them, to make sure you are going to earn 5 or 6 points on them (out of 6 possible). If not, I'll give you a "do over" for Weds.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/15/17:

Wednesday 3/15/17
In-class activities: 1] Submit the errors analysis project 2] Compose introductory and concluding paragaphs for the NHLP essay to finish it.

  • 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

Homework assignment for Monday, 3/20/17:

Week Ten

Monday, 3/20/17 Agenda change--Workshop: Since literally no one is prepared to turn in the Errors Analysis Project and to peer review the NHLP essay for completion in class today, I will push these due dates back to Wednesday, but I won't extend these due dates again so get caught up to where we need to be.

Wednesday, 3/22/17 In-class: Writing/Editing workshop

Week Eleven

Monday, 3/27/17 1] Punctuation Makes Meaning: How much does punctuation matter? The Dear John Letter. A $2 million comma?! 2] Begin the Icarus Project.

Wednesday, 3/29/17 Workshop: Completing the NHLP essay

Week Twelve

Monday, 4/3/17 Individual mini-conferences

Wednesday, 4/5/17 Workshop and mini-conferences

Homework assignment for Monday, 4/10/17:

Week Thirteen

Monday, 4/10/17 1] 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. 2] Discuss Critical Thnking Journals.

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

Wednesday, 4/12/17 1] Workshop: Finish drafting Critical Thinking Journal #1, Henry Ford's quote 2] Discuss completion of the Reading Literacy Narrative.

Homework assignment for Monday, 4/17/17:

Week Fourteen

Monday, 4/17/17 Begin Google Sites webfolio of revisions

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/19/17:

Wednesday, 4/19/17 "Cyber" Wednesday: View this tutorial on how to build a Google Sites website, and begin building your home page.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/19/17: Submit the Reading Literacy Narrative and the Critical Thinking Journal to BlackBoard before end of day on Wednesday 4/19

Homework and for Monday, 4/24/17

Week Fifteen

Monday, 4/24/171] Discuss the Icarus Project. 2] Webfolio workshop

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/26/17:

Wednesday, 4/26/17 Webfolio workshop: Revise, edit and post final drafts of the following:

Week Sixteen

Monday, 5/3/17, Wednesday 1:30-4:00 p.m. Webfolio evaluation conferences and completion


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