R. Dollieslager's English 112-20, T-Th
Weekly Schedule, Spring 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College

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English 112 course syllabus

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/Sites



Week 5 Week 6
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."
  • "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" NPR, 5 Dec. 2016
  • "Truthiness" chart. How does your favorite news source rank?


Week One

Day One

In-class activities: Introductions

Week Two

In Class
1] Pair up with your partner from last week and with another pair of new colleagues whom you do not already know for a "quadrad" discussion. (Not sure if that's a word formerly, but it is NOW!) Assign a moderator, an "encourager," a "devil's advocate" and a group note-taker. Discuss "Why we want/don't want college to be harder than high school." Discuss and list the pros and cons, the educational and professional outcomes (in either case), and be prepared to defend your group's position, with your moderator as the primary (but not the sole) presenter of your case. 2] Discuss and annotate
the reading as an example for the annotated bibliography which is due on Thursday. Use Model #31 in the Little Seagull Handbook with MLA Research section for these on-line sources.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/18/18: Make an annotated biblography of these sources--six sentences each. First analyzes the source, second assesses the writer's credibility, the next four summarize the most important information form the articles. List alphabetically

Week Three

Tuesday 1/23/18 In class: 1] Discuss completion of the annotated bibliography. Demonstration: Speechnotes voice-to-text tool 2] Discuss results of the pre-semester survey (and submission of late work). 3] Group work: Finish the annotated bibliography

Grading criteria for annotated bibliography (6 points possible):

Homework assignment for Thursday, 1/25/18:

Thursday 1/25/18 In class. Group then class discussion: Type your group's response to the following questions. (A) What are five things that make Prof. Richardson’s video unsuccessful as a piece of persuasive communication? What are two things that it communicates successfully? (B) What are five things that make Prof.  DeCoster’s video successful as a piece of persuasive communication? What are two things that are unsuccessful in it? Your answers, following our full class discussion, will be the main part of your first Learning Journal entry, so save the work for instructions that will follow for how to complete the first Learning Journal entry.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 1/30/18:

Week Four

Tuesday 1/30/18 In class: 1] Discuss the cell phone articles. 2] Discuss the course syllabus and complete it with regard to cell phone policy. 3] Discuss and distribute NQAs. 4] Group discussion/activity with the Orwell readings.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/1/18:

Thursday 2/1/18 In class: 1] Readings for note-taking:

Week Five

Tuesday 2/6/18 In class group activity: Ethos, Pathos, Logos work sheets

Homework assignment for Thursday, 2/8/18:

Thursday 2/8/18 In class: Discuss Spicer article

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/13/18:

Week Six

Tuesday 2/13/18 In class: 1] Discuss responses to the "Anlyzing an Article" activity, which was posted as a "test" in BBd (Week Four). Open it in BBd and read the comments I embedded in the grading rubric as we discuss it. 2] Discuss Orwell readings/notes. Tell me what you learned about "The Dude"! 3] Left. Right, Center? Where do popular publications stand on the "truthiness" scale? 4] Discuss Learning Journals

Thursday 2/15/18 In class: 1] Write Learning Journal entry #1 for weeks five and six. 2] Discuss assignment posted in BBd Announcement and Google Spreadsheet

Homework assignment for Monday, 2/20/18:

Week Seven

Tuesday 2/20/18 In class: 1] Discuss MarketWatch news sources graphic/article. 2] Research the school shootings prompts

Thursday 2/22/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the NYT ape smuggling story and the ethical dilemma that Gettleman found himself in related to his observational participation in it. 2] Discuss the writing asignment for next week.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 2/27/18

  1. typed in .doc or .docx format and posted to BBd
  2. carefully spell checked, proofread, and edited using all of the assistive technologies listed in the class resources box atop this page
  3. well written in MLA format, and run through SafeAssign plagiarism checker in BBd.
  4. a minimum of 700 words, but no more than 1000 words
  5. draws on and incorporates information from all of the relevant readings that have been posted to the class page and any other viable sources you choose which advance and support your thesis.

Week Eight

Tuesday 2/27/18 In-class activities: 1a] Spot the fake news: Use the criteria from the article "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" to determine if these news nuggests are likely to be fake or real. 1b] Ferret out the Fakery: Use the Tracking the Truth resources to research whether these new items are fake or real. 2] Discuss revising and adding more evidence from this very rich resource to the draft of the fake news essay assigned last Thurssday: "Why Fake News Is So Incredibly Effective." Time, 28 Nov. 2016

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/1/18

Thursday 3/21/18 In-class activities: Peer reviewing the essay draft.

Homework assignment for Friday, 3/2/18

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/13/18

Spring Break Week: Let's Go Crazy!!

Week Nine

Tuesday 3/13/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the readings. Chesterman wrote: "Mr Trump is not crazy; nor is he evil. But his presidency is a canary in the mineshaft of our public discourse. Its implosion is an indicator of the toxic nature of that discourse . . . "

Is Chesterman prophetic in his March 3, 2017 essay? Is his position supported by facts and events since its publication?

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/15/18

Thursday 3/15/18 In-class activities: 1] Finish discussing Chesterman's argument. How is his conclusion simliar to Orwell's abiding, recurrent message in nearly all of the things he wrote? 2] Discuss the Doublespeak article.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/20/18

Week Ten

Tuesday 3/20/18 In-class activities: Discuss/begin webfolio project using Google Sites or Wix.com

Homework assignment for Thursday, 3/22/18

Thursday 3/22/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss Orwell's warning about and advice about how to avoid sloppy use of language. 2] Discuss then submit (in hard copy) your examples of doublespeak in the news. 3] 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?

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 3/27/18

Week Twelve

Tuesday 4/3/18 Agenda: Discuss and begin development of the webfolio and Wednesday's webpage project.

Sample resource and your class index page:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/5/18

Tuesday 4/5/18 Agenda: Oral presentations and webpage presentation on the form or government which you are researching.

Week Thirteen

Tuesday 4/10/18 Agenda: 1] Finish oral presentations on forms of governments. 2] Peer review webpages for assignments 1, 2, and 3 for the Comparative Governments Research Multi-Media Project prior to my evaluation of them. Help each other out! Make sure they follow the posted instructions and that they are well edited.

Thursday 4/12/18 Agenda: 1] Finish the last presentations 2] Begin drafing the essay. 3] Garrison Keillor: "I'm a Conservative" (And btw, Keillor speaks for me in this article as well. 100% on mark!!)

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 4/17/18

Homework assignment for Thursday, 4/19/18

Week Fourteen

Tuesday 4/17/18 Agenda: 1] Discuss Boilerplate Comments for revision . 2] Begin revision/editing of the essay, "Fake News: Does Truth Matter?"

Thursday 4/19/18 Agenda: Discuss "Shooting an Elephant" and how this incident is, according to his own assessment, a defining moment in Orwell's life.

Week Fifteen

Tuesday 4/24/18 Agenda: 1] Post essay "The Current Form of US Government" to BBd 2] Discuss development of the final essay, how "Shooting an Elephant" represents a defining moment in Orwell's life.

Thursday 4/26/18 Workshop: Access webfolios of class colleagues and proofread to prep. for evaluation. Eng. 111 & Eng. 112 Webfolios Index Spring 2018

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 5/1/18

Webfolio of Revisions


  • 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 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 if you used the Wix webpage builder
  • An index of links to your posted projects


  • Essay #1: "Fake News: Does Truth Matter? "
  • Essay #2: "The Current form of US Government "
  • Essay #3: "'Shooting an Elephant': A Defining Moment in the Life of George Orwell"

Annotated Bibliography

  • Articles about effects of cell phone use

Comparative Gov'ts. Presentation web pages

  • It will include the following:
      • The well edited annotated bibliography of the five sources you used to define your assigned form of government (2 pts.)
      • A documented paragraph (i.e., has in-text citation and works cited entry) of at least 150 words describing a contemporary or historical example of this form of government (2 pts)
      • A documented paragraph (with in-text citation and works cited entry) of at least 150 words describing a fictional example of this form of government (2 pts)
      • A graphic or symbol (similar, perhaps, to those listed at the top of this lesson page) which in some way represents or symbolizes the system of government you are describing
      • Add a link to your researched page in our class index

Grading criteria (9 points):

  • The homepage has all of the information and details stipulated above (1 pt.).
  • The homepage 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 Sixteen

Thursday 5/3/18 Webfolio conferences 8:00-10:30. Where can I get doughnuts close to campus?


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