R. Dollieslager's English 112-22W
Weekly Schedule Spring 2017
Thomas Nelson Community College

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



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Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Spring 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.
Traditional Argument Handouts



Week 1

Tracking the Truth
  • The Congressional Record: Track daily debates and search for your representatives' and senators' voting records.
  • 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.
  • 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."

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 highlight 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 Thursday, 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] Discuss and begin annotated bibliographies, re: section W-12 in
Little Seagull Handbook. 4] Upload diagnostic essays to BBd Assignments

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/19/17:

Thursday 1/19/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss the "Fake News" article. 2] Explore class resources: "Tracking the Truth" 3] Discuss the course syllabus.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/24/17:

Week Three

Tuesday 1/24/17

In-class activities: 1] Group activity: Discuss cell phone policies (or none) and codify outcomes into the syllabus. 2] Review the annotated bibliographies. 3] Listen to
Orwell at 100 Years. 4] Preview "Politics and the English Language."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/26/17:

Thursday 1/26/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss the readings 2] View
"How D. Trump answers a question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aFo_BV-UzI 3] Begin the assignment for Tuesday:

  1. Who first published this article? Is this entity a reliable source? Explain why or why not.
  2. List three facts from the article.
  3. Verify each of these facts and explain how you verified each fact.
  4. Is the article written in a neutral or biased tone? Explain why it is or is not. List specific words, sentences, or phrases that demonstrate its tone.
  5. Summarize it--write a brief summary of the article.
  6. Provide a separate example of fake news. Explain how it is fake. Explain how you verified that the article was not true.

Here is a chart, that, in truth, is quite accurate, which depicts the reliability of news media. It is in an article about how the chart itself has gone viral and has elicited hotly contested rhetoric as to the accuracy of any ranking of reliable sources. So, where IS truth and objectivity in a polarized era driven by opinions, rhetoric, and personal agendas rather than informed by facts? These are our times, folks.

Week Four

Tuesday 1/31/17

In-class activities: 1] Register with Remind.com 2] Triad Group discussion, 30 minutes: Using your notes and examples and analysis of your own fake news article, each member share your answers and examples from the prompt above. Read your analysis of a separate fake news story to your colleagues for their feedback, input, comments, suggestions. Where you do not agree on issues of reliability, tone, etc., as a group discuss why. 3] Revise your notes and your own sample and submit them.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/2/17:

Thursday 2/2/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss your fake news assignments. 2] Discuss revising the two parts of your "fake news" assignments (posted above on 1/12/17 and the second on 1/26/17) into a unified researched essay on this topic. 3] Discuss Speechnotes voice-to-text tool--it only works on Chrome on the computer, but it works on Safari on a cell phone and there is also an app for cell phones.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/7/17:

Week Five

Tuesday 2/7/17

In-class activities: 1] Discuss the Roberts essay and his advice to (college) writers, and compare it to
Orwell's advice to writers. 2] Dissect Roberts' sample "student essay."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/9/17:

Thursday 2/9/17

In-class activities: 1] Peer review the "fake news" essay; then revise, edit and print it out. 2] Begin drafting an annotated bibliography of resources used in Eng. 112 so far, which will be useful to you this semester and in the future. You will title it "Annotated Bibliography of Writing Resources," and you will continue to develop it throughout the semester. I will review and re-evaluate it periodically as the resource grows. Sections will begin with the following, and more categories will be added as the semester progresses. List the Sub-headings alphabetically (as they are below); and list the resources in each section alphabetically under their sub-headings.

Week Six

Tuesday 2/14/17

In-class activities: Discuss
making revisions to the essays submitted last week. Please run them through Safe Assign in BBd for plagiarisim detection help, and use Paper Rater as well for some feedback on possible plagiarism but also for its feedback on "style," readability, academic level, and good stuff like that.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/16/17:

Thursday, 2/16/17 Learning Unit: The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/21/17:

Week Seven

Tuesday 2/21/17

In-class activities: Complete the learning unit on
The NHLP and Brain Development During Learning. Take good notes for the test on Thursday.

Homework and resources for Thursday.

Thursday 2/23/17

In-class activities: 1] Test on brain development during learning. 2] Begin drafting two paragraphs about the NHLP and brain development during learning.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/28/17:

Week Eight

Tuesday 2/28/17

In-class activities: Workshop, finishing the annotated bibliographies

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/2/17:

Thursday 3/2/17

In-class activities: Introduction to argument and persuasion. Material for today's class is located in the Course Documents foler in BlackBoard.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/14/17:

Week Nine

Tuesday 3/14/17
Group activity--identifying and using the main
rhetorical "appeals"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/16/17: Now that we have done the Ethos/Pathos/Logos workheet activity, the assignment below should be easier to do.

Thursday 3/16/17

In-class activities: Discuss the boilerplate comments for revising.

Week Ten

Tuesday 3/21/17
1] Discuss the best answers from the group worksheet activity 2] Discuss
Aristotelean reorganization of the returned essay on the detection and consequences of fake news. Begin revision and reorganization of the essays.

Thursday 3/23/17
1] Run Safe Assign,
finish and print the final draft of the Fake News research project.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/28/17:

Week Eleven

Tuesday 3/28/17
Discuss the Comparative Governments
articles and research project. 2] Fake News essays evaluation conferences.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/4/17:

Thursday 3/30/17
No f2f class today:
I have an English Professors conference to go to at Kingsmill

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/4/17:

Week Twelve

Tuesday 4/4/17 Revising the annotated bibliography

Thursday 4/6/17 Informally discussing the type of govenment you have researched. Based on our discussion, I have added some clarifying information to the comparative governments lesson page, so please re-read it and please be ready to share a couple paragraphs of your research with your class colleagues on Tuesday.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/4/17:

Week Thirteen

Tuesday 4/11/17 Discussing the type of govenment you have researched.

Thursday 4/13/17 1] Comparative governments presentations. 2] Discuss the influence of money on Americn elections 3] Begin drafting the essay.

Week Fourteen

Tuesday 4/18/17 Writing Workshop: Discuss and begin researching and note-taking for your Comparative Governments Research Project essay. Here is the compilation of the presentation paragraphs from your colleagues.

Thursday 4/20/17 Writing/revising Workshop: 1] Discuss and begin drafting your Comparative Governments Research Project essay. 2] Mini-conference on revisions to the "Fake News" researched essay.

Week Fifteen

Tuesday 4/25/17 Writing Workshop: 1] Mini-conference on the draft of your Comparative Governments Research Project essay. 2] Mini-conference on final revisions to the "Fake News" researched essay.3] Mini-conference on the annotated bibliography of research writing resources if your instructions were "R&R," i.e., Revise and Resubmit.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/27/17:

Thursday 4/27/17 Writing Workshop: 1] Complete and post the Comparative Governments Research Project essay, "The U.S, Form of Government". 2] Complete and post the final revisions to the "Fake News" researched essay.

Finals Week

Tuesday 5/2/17, 1:30-4:00 Final revisions to the last two essays. Extra Credit: 6 points of EXTRA credit for posting your major projects to a Google Sites or Wix.com "webfolio"


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