English Fundamentals 2, Fall 2015
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College
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Last Updated, 19 November, 10:00 a.m.

Office Hours in room 916: M & W 9-9:30; T & Th 9-10:00 & 11:40.-12:30.; W 10:45-12:30
In my office, room 874:
M 12:15-2:00; & W 12:30-1:30
Online office hour:
W 7:00-8:00

Phone: 757-825-3543
Email me at
dollier@tncc.edu
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Fall Class Schedule
  • The five-paragraph theme
  • Study Guides and Strategies cover "how to's" like managing time and class projects, and "what to's" with study outlines, procedures, and summary infomation for subjects in English, math and science, social sciences, etc.

Brain videos and sites:

 

Week 1

Final
12/14, 8 a.m.-10:30

  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. Plagiarism Tutorial: Test your knowledge and misconceptions about plagiarism, and learn why and how to avoid it!

 

Important Notice!!

At the start each class, open this web page to look at the agenda for the day. At the end of each class, return to this web page to get your homework assignment and view the agenda for the next class. You'll never miss an assignment, a due date, or an important announcement if you come to this page every day.

--Week Two--.

Tuesday, 8/25/15

In-class activities: 1] Take the DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) test to establish your baseline reading scores for the semester. 2] Read the course syllabus and then begin the
syllabus test, which is due on Thursday at the start of class.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 8/27/15:
Finish the syllabus test prior to class on Thursday

Thursday, 8/27/15
In-class activities: 1] Discuss "The Late Paper" case study. 2] View videos on the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset (as defined by Dr. Skip Downing and others): You will be writing about this, so take notes! Dominic, Jesse, the Professors. What got Jesse back on course? What got Dominic back on course? What is the most notable quote from any of the professors?

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/1/15:
1] Purchase Aplia for Basic Writing 1
2] Read these three pages excerpted from Chapter 2 of Dr. Skip Downing's book called On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life: "Adopting a Creator Mindset." While Dr. Downing does not give his specific definition of a Creator or a Victim (captial C and V), he describes their behaviors, so in your notes include what you think his definition of a Creator is (in one sentence) and his definition of a Victim (in one sentence), written in your own words.
3] Read examples of Creator and Victim behaviors and language from Prof. David Mirman's teaching blog. Take notes because you will summarize this article later--from your notes only.
4] Write in your notes about someone you know personally whom you regard to be a Creator. Include in your notes some examples of this person's behaviors that show him or her behaving and speaking as a Creator. You will use your notes to, first, discuss in class in small groups, and later to write a paragraph about this person.

--Week Three--.

Tuesday, 9/1/15

In-class activities: 1] Discuss the readings by Downing and Mirman about the Creator mindset and the Victim mindset.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/3/14:
1] Draft a paragraph (appx. 150-200 words) describing a specific time when you played the Victim role. SHOW what you did, said, etc. in that situation with specific details, not just generalizations.
2] Draft a separate paragraph describing a Creator whom you know personally. (i.e., you do not personally know Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Dr. M. L. King--but you DO know Creators in your own lives.) SHOW what he or she did, said, etc. that makes you regard that person to be a Creator.

Thursday, 9/3/15

In-class activities: 1] Submit Victims paragraphs and Creators paragraphs. 3] Begin using Aplia for Basic Writing 1

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/8/14: Work the following Aplia lessons before class on Tuesday

--Week Four--

Tuesday, 9/8/15

In-class activities: 1] Rank excuses and reasons. 2] Discuss revisions of the paragraphs 3] Discuss the summary and concluding paragraphs and begin writing them. 4] Subscribe to DropBox.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/10/15:

Thursday, 9/10/15
1] Reconstructing Bertrand Russell's life. 2] Revise paragraphs into the essay, "Adopting the Creator Mindset" 3] Discuss critical thinking journal #1 and begin writing critical thinking journal entry #2

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/10/15:

--Week Five--

Tuesday, 9/15/15 1] Submit the essay on adopting the Creator mindset and the critical thinking journal entry #2. 2] Activity: Envisioning reading--making notes and images from written texts. 3] Setting up "text to speech" feature of M.S. Word so that you can listen to your papers as an aid to editing them. 4] Activity: Making inferences from context clues while reading. The Story Crossword

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/17/15:

Thursday, 9/17/15 1] Submit the completed story crossword and captioned illustrations from "Blood Sausage."2] Discuss essay formats.

--Week Six--

Tuesday, 9/22/15 1] Begin Phase One of the reading/writing project, Communicating as a Professional 2] Using BlackBoard communication tools 3] Mini-conferences

Homework assignment for Thursday, 9/24/15:

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/29/15

Thursday, 9/24/15
We will not meet for class today

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 9/29/15

--Week Seven--

Tuesday, 9/29/15
In-class activities: 1] Submit the paragraph and the vocabulary and note-taking worksheet for the Adams and Weins articles. 2] "Fun With Words": games, puzzles and fun websites for building vocabulary.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/1/15:

Thursday, 10/1/15
In-class activities: 1] Access your documents in Google Drive so that I can view them from my computer's interface with your computer. 2] While I am interfacing with your computers, print and submit your homework--the "Mad Takes" paragraph and your discussion of a vocabulary activity. 3] Preview and then read about paragraph development: topic sentences and supporting details 4] Copy the essay "Succeeding Against the Odds" into a M.S. Word document. Reformat to get rid of unneeded space between paragraphs; then double space the whole document. 4a] Highlight the topic sentences of each body paragraph in yellow. If a paragraph does not have an explicit topic sentence (because this is a narrative) type in a topic sentence for it using red typeface color. 4b] Highlight the most important supporting details (which will not be every other word of the paragraph) in pink.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/6/15:

--Week Eight--

Tuesday, 10/6/15

In-class activities: 1] Vocab from Writer's Almanac. 2] Turn in your THREE homework assignments. 3] Group activity: Punctuating "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/8/15:

Thursday, 10/8/15

In-class Triad Activity: Acrostics, Anagrams, Analogies, Acronyms, Chunking. I will break you into groups and you will use Google Sildes to do your project. Find examples from on-line resources of how to use these mnemonic strategies to memorize material for the classes you are taking now and for classes that you will be required to take in the future in your field of study. Make a presentation with Google Slides which you will use next week to teach mnemonic techniques to your class colleagues, focusing in memorizing words or ideas related to our ENF 2 studies or to another specific course which you may be taking or which you anticipate you will have to take in the future.

Homework assignments for Tuesday, 10/13/15:

--Week Nine--

Tuesday, 10/13/15
In-class activity: 1] Project presentations: Teach us about acrostics, anagrams, etc.! 2] Modeling the reading skills of previewing, note-taking, and interpreting or extrapolating information (critical thinking) by exploring your future profession to answer the question, "Why do we need to take all of these #@%*&%! speech and English classes?" and understand the communiucation skills necessary to enter and succeed in your future profession.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/15/15: Great Presentations today, folks!!

Thursday, 10/15/15
In-class Mid-Term "Exam": Applying what you have learned in weeks One through Eight.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/20/15:

--Week Ten: Grammar review week--

Tuesday, 10/20/15
In-class activities: 1] Submit the revised and edited Creators Mindset essay 2] Reworking Aplia lessons on parts of speech and sentence parts and patterns

Homework assignment for Thursday, 10/22/15:

The Subject
The Verb
Simple Past Tense
Perfect Tense
Progressive Tense
Move Down Assignment
Simple Present Tense
Subject-Verb Agreement

Thursday, 10/22/15
In-class activities: 1] Close reading and critical thinking workshop: Preparing for registration

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 10/27/15:

Foundations of Writing - Nouns and Articles
Foundations of Writing - Adjectives and Adverbs
Foundations of Writing – Prepositions
Conjunctions
Pronouns
Modifier Use
Foundations of Writing - Auxiliary Verbs
Foundations of Writing - Basic Sentence Structure
Fragments

--Week Eleven--

Tuesday, 10/27/15
In-class activities: 1] Priority registration workshop

Thursday, 10/29/15
In-class activities:

Works Cited (Center this line in your paper)

(Use flush left margins and hanging indents for the works cited entries, below. DO NOT CENTER the works cited entries.)

Downing, Skip. On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life. 7th ed. Wadsworth: Boston, 2014.

Mirman, David. "Do You Think Like a Creator or a Victim?" You Are the Prime Mover. 2 Jan. 2012. 29 Oct. 2015. Web. <http://youaretheprimemover.com/2012/do-you-think-like-a-victim-or-a-creator>.

Homework assignments for Tuesday, 11/3/15:

Finish revising and editing the Creator's Mindset essay per the instructions above. Turn in the original draft and your revised/edited final draft at the start of class on 11/3
Assess your Skills, Values, and Interests using "Ginny," the Virginia Education Wizard website.
Write one well developed paragraph showing the outcomes of each assessment.

--Week Twelve--

Tuesday, 11/3/15
In-class activities: 1] Discuss multitasking experiences and draft a paragraph describing one of yours. 2] Begin a summary of Sarah Sparks article on the myth of multitasking.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/10/15:

Thursday, 11/5/15 No f-2-f class today, folks. I am in Richmond at Chancellor's Faculty Advisory Committee meeting.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/10/15:

Tuesday, 11/10/15 In class: Write the reflection letter "What I Have Learned"

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/12/15: Finish the reflection letter "What I Have Learned"

Thursday, 11/12/15 In class: Post-test on the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 11/17/15: Prepare your portfolio by editing the papers posted below

Instructions: I. Prepare your portfolio by editing the papers posted below II. Acquire a pocket folder for your papers. Don't use plastic sleeves or a clip-in binder, and don't secure your papers into three-hole tabs. The readers will need to remove your papers from the pockets to evaluate them. Include the following eight papers:

  1. Literacy Narrative (from Week One)
  2. Creators Mindset essay, documented with a parenthetical citation and two works cited at the end (Week Four)
  3. One quote/critical reflection, either Paulo Coelho (Week Four) or William Penn (Week Six)
  4. Paragraph of paraphrases from the Adams and Weins articles, documented with two parenthetical citations and two works cited at the end (Week Six)
  5. Paragraph of paraphrases from the Occupational Outlook Handbook about the communication skills necessary to enter and succeed in your future profession, documented with a parenthetical citation and a works cited at the end (Week 9)
  6. Summary of Sarah Sparks article on the myth of multitasking, documented with a parenthetical citation and a works cited at the end; add the follow-up paragraph per instructions on the rubric and posted on 11/17 (Weeks 12 & 14)
  7. Reflection Letter: What I Have Learned (Week 13)
  8. In-class final essay (Week 14-15)

--Week Fourteen--

Tuesday, 11/17/15 Revising and house-keeping day: 1] DRP test make-up for those who missed it last Thursday 2] Revise, document, add two direct quotes to the Sparks article summary; and revise or begin personal experience follow up paragraph per homework posted below and evaluation rubric (handed out in class). Place the Works Cited entry at the end. It is on the white board.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 11/19/15:

Thursday, 11/19/15 1] Portfolio Prep. Workshop: MLA format: Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced throughout, one inch margins, half-inch indents at new paragraphs, works cited section, no boldface text; pocket folders with paper covers, not plastic; no plastic sleeves, not tabbed in. Arranged in the order indicated in the box below. 2] Submit your portfolio for my preview--if it is ready.

  1. Literacy Narrative (from Week One)
  2. Creators Mindset essay, documented with a parenthetical citation and two works cited at the end (Week Four)
  3. One quote/critical reflection, either Paulo Coelho (Week Four) or William Penn (Week Six)
  4. Paragraph of paraphrases from the Adams and Weins articles, documented with two parenthetical citations and two works cited at the end (Week Six)
  5. Paragraph of paraphrases from the Occupational Outlook Handbook about the communication skills necessary to enter and succeed in your future profession, documented with a parenthetical citation and a works cited at the end (Week 9)
  6. Summary of Sarah Sparks article on the myth of multitasking, documented with a parenthetical citation and a works cited at the end; add the follow-up paragraph per instructions on the rubric and posted on 11/17 (Weeks 12 & 14)
  7. Reflection Letter: What I Have Learned (Week 13)
  8. In-class final essay (Week 14-15)

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 12/1/15: Bring your portfolio of all your work (posted above) if you did not submit it during class today (11/19)

--Week Fifteen--

Tuesday, 12/1/15 1] Submit portfolio for preview, if you did not do so on 11/18 2] Portfolio pre-evaluation conferences 3] Begin the in-class final essay

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 12/3/15: Bring your revised, final editions portfolio of all your work (posted above)

Thursday, 12/3/15 1] Finish the in-class final essay. 2] Submit final portfolio for evaluation by the committee.

--Week Sixteen--

Tuesday, 12/8/15
Semester final test: Aplia post-semester comprehensive, available in class only

--Finals Week --

Tuesday, 12/15/15, 9:30-10:30
Portfolio and course evaluation conferences. Note: You must show up for the portfolio conference in order to pass the class.


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