R. Dollieslager's English 112
Weekly Schedule, Spring 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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English 112 course syllabus

Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Summer 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/Sites





  • The Congressional Record: Track daily debates and search for your representatives' and senators' voting records.
  • Emergent: "A Real-Time Rumor Tracker"
  • 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.
  • Fact Checker. A service of The Washington Post
  • 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."
  • "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" NPR, 5 Dec. 2016
  • "Media Bias and Media Bastions". This webpage includes some of the resources above and many more, with related articles on topics such as conformation bias, SPJ Cpde of Ethics and more.

Week One

Tuesday, 6/5/18

In-class activities: 1] Introductions and review syllabus, course policies, overview of course.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/7/18:

Thursday, 6/7/18 In-class activities:

1] Resources: Below is a link to an older version of the Norton Field Guide to Writing, which is published by W. W. Norton, the publisher of the Little Seagull Handbook, which is the paper handbook that is used in many sections of English 111 and 112. The "handbook" section of the Norton Field Guide is exactly the same as the Little Seagull, so we will use this as our primary handbook because it will be easier to search than the .PDF handbook that I posted in BBd. It also has some interactive quizzes/lessons on lots of editing, punctuation and grammar skills. I will show you how to use these resources next Tuesday. Additionally, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) is up to date with changes in MLA and APA style guides, so we will use that for our research guide.

2] Annotated bibliographies: Analyzing the sources, easy summarizing with Speechnotes, adding the works cited entries.

3] Critical Thinking Journal #1 Dive Deep!

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/11/18:

Week Two

Tuesday, 6/12/18

In-class activities: 1] Housekeeping: Questions about the annotated bibliography, print and submit CTJ#1 2] Jump-starting the brain: Logic quiz. 3] Discuss the ape smuggling saga and Gettleman's ethical dillemma. 4] Read "
What are Facts and Opinions?" Discussion questions: Do you believe that most of what we hear, read, and watch that passes off as news is reliable or is it mostly fake or too slanted to be useful? How can you determine whether the news you consume is reliable? Does it really matter?

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/14/18:

Week Three

Tuesday, 6/19/18

In-class activities: 1] Discuss readings in "Tracking the Truth" section of class resources box related to creation of essay #1

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/21/18:

Thursday, 6/21/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the assigned readings and the persuasive/arugumentative appeals. 2] Begin drafting essay #1 per the detailed instructions posted in BBd.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/26/18:

Week Four

Tuesday, 6/26/18

In-class activities: 1] Peer review Essay #1 per the grading rubric and the instructions posted in BBd. 2] Revise, edit, and perfect your essay to submit before the end of class.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/28/18:

Thursday, 6/28/18 In-class activities:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 7/3/18:

Week Five


Week Six

Tuesday, 7/10/18

In-class activities: 1] Discuss drafting the Hughes essay 2] Discuss/begin webfolio project using Google Sites or Wix.com

Homework assignment for Thursday, 7/12/18

Thursday 7/12/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss and workshop on Hughes essays. 2] Webfolio development workshop: Start your home page. Home page will include the following: briefly introduce yourself, tell the purpose of the website, at least one image of yourself or yourself and others or an image which represents you in some way relevant to the purpose of the webfolio (no Dallas Cowboy or Philadelphia Eagles logos!!); links to the class webpage, TNCC webpage, the college you will transfer to if you know what that ill be, your place of work if you have one, maybe some of your favorite sites?

Week Seven

Tuesday, 7/17/18

In-class activities: Discuss revisions to Hughes essays, development of Webfolio of Revisions and development/progress on Rogerian argument essay

Thursday, 7/19/18

In-class activities: Workshops on Webfolio of Revisions, revising/editing marked and returned papers, researching/drafting Rogerian argument essays.

Webfolios of Revisions, Summer 2018 Index.

Webfolio of Revisions


  • First, make your webfolio open access to everyone on the WWW without having to log in to VCCS
  • 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)
    • An image of you or an image/images that in some cogent way represent you
    • Links to your class page and the TNCC website
    • Your college email link or a Wix form for emailing you if you used the Wix webpage builder
    • An index of hot links to your posted projects


    • Essay #1: "Fake News: If Truth Matters, How Do We Determine What is Factual?"
    • Essay #2: "Langston Hughes: A Catalist for Change"
    • Essay #3: "'A Rogerian Argument "
    • Critical Thinking Journal (Optional. I will consider the final draft of this for extra credit if it is included and is completely revised and edited.)
    • Self Assessment: Use of Assistive Technologies (4 points)

    Annotated Bibliography

    • Articles about effects of cell phone use

    Grading criteria for Webfolio (10 points):

    • The homepage has all of the information and details stipulated above, is unified, and it is easy to navigate to the other pages (1 pt.).
    • The homepage is well edited and grammatically correct with information presented in complete sentences where it is appropriate to do so (1 pt.).
    • Revisions of essays and Annotated Bibliography: 2 pts. for each, which is revised and edited per the grading marks and suggestions for improvement
    • Note: Extra consideration will be weighed into the grade for pertinent material voluntarily added to the webfolio.

Week Eight--Final Class

Tuesday, 7/24/18

In-class activities: 1] Self-Assessment paper on use of assistive technologies 2] Webfolio evaluations/mini-conferences 3] Webfolio completion, final grading

Assistive writing and editing technologies:

Self-Assessment paper on use of assistive technologies--instructions (4 points):

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