English 1: Computer-Mediated Preparing for College Writing I,
On Course Community of Learners, Fall 2012
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

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English 1 course syllabus

Class Resources

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 One

Monday, 8/20/12
Introductions

Wednesday, 8/22/12
Introduction to Power Writing

Week Two

Monday, 8/27/12
In-class Activity: Power Writing practice, 3 power paragraphs due

Wednesday, 8/29/12
In-class Activity: Discuss hartman profiles

Assignments for Wednesday 9/5/12:
Essay #1 your Hartman profile

Week Three

Wednesday, 9/5/12
In-class Activity: Power Writing & essay 1

Week Four

Monday, 9/10/12
1] Discuss our learning processes and draft a paragraph decscribing how you learned a skill you have mastered, 2] begin Cornell lecture notes, and 3] learn about the
Natural Human Learning Process.

Assignments for Wednesday 9/12/12:
Draft a paragraph
decscribing how you learned a skill you have mastered

Wednesday, 9/12/12
1] Review the information on the NHLP and brain development during learning. I am going to ask you some questions about how the brain functions during learning, why it is important to know that process, and how you can control it. 2] Draft a paragraph summarizing Smilkstein's NHLP according to this pattern: 1-2-2-2-2-2-2-4 3] Lesson: How neurons are like trees

Assignments for Monday 9/17/12:
Revise and edit the paragraph
you drafted in class describing Dr. Smilkstein's NHLP.

Week Five

Monday, 9/17/12
1] Continue lesson on neurons, starting with slides 6 & 7: synapses 2] Learn about synaptic firing:
Natural Human Learning Process.

Wednesday, 9/19/12
Begin Aplia lessons. You have six lessons due by NEXT Wednesday, so log on and work two lessons on verb tenses, and one lesson each on nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and subjects and verbs. They are listed in Week Two because they will be due by next Weds.

Week Six

Monday, 9/24/12
Let's get back to the brain! We will discuss how emotions affect learning and how you can use that knowledge:
Natural Human Learning Process. So now we are ready to write about how the brain develops during the learning process. Y'all are going to love this assignment!

Assignments for Wednesday 9/26/12:
Turn in two paragraphs:
The first describes the five primary ways in which a tree grows and develops similarly to a neuron. The second describes the five main ways that spark plug firring is similar to synaptic firing. Both paragrapsh can be written following this Power Pattern: 1-2-2-2-2-2-4.
Work the Aplia lessons which are due this week: Two lessons on verb tenses, and one lesson each on nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and subjects and verbs. They are listed in Week Two of the Aplia lessons, and they will be due by Weds. evening, so hop to it!

Wednesday, 9/26/12
In class writing workshop: First], turn in your two paragraphs about neuron growth (like trees) and synaptic firing. Second, write two paragraphs. One describes specific learning situations in which you experienced exactly how "emotions affect learning." The second paragraph will be about how you can apply this information about how the brain grows during learning and about how emotions affect learning.

Assignments for Monday 10/1/12:
Type
the two paragraphs about brain development which yoyu drafted by hand: about neuron growth (like trees) and synaptic firing.
Save the two paragraphs in one document file in MS Word (.doc) format or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Save for storage on your jump drive and bring that to class with you.
E-mail the two paragraphs to me from your TNCC email account--as an attachment. My email address is dollieslagerr@tncc.edu or the short version is dollier@tncc.edu

Week Seven

  • Aplia update: I have moved the first 8 Aplia assignments, those which were already due, down into "Week Five" in the list of Aplia lessons. You may go back and do those lessons if your scores were low. If you did not do them, you had better get them done or you will be completely lost!!! These consist of the Aplia tutorial, the diagnostic test, and the six lessons reviewing the parts of speech
  • New Aplia lessons for "Week 3" in the Aplia list (Oct. 1-Oct. 5) have been posted. There are five lessons on sentence constructions, and it includes a lesson on proofreading. You will need to know this material in order to begin revising and editing your papers in class next week, so go to work on them ASAP. They range from about 40 to about 60 questions for each lesson; please don't try to do all of them at once.

Monday, 10/1/12
In class: 1] Preview and discuss some proofreading and editing techniques, and 2] begin proofing and editing your works. Y'all are going to love this!

Assignments for Wednesday 10/3/12:
Edit your first draft of the Hartman profile essay. Follow the "aural editing" process we practiced in class and fix anything that doesn't "sound right."
Next, reread your Hartman essay to determine where you can improve the content by adding "showing" details, (i.e., Power 3 sentences) that "prove" you are have the characteristics and behaviors that you claim are true about you becasue of your color. We have talked quite a bit about this in Eng 1 and in Eng 109, so you should have plenty of examples.
Revise the Hartman essay, adding your specific, concrete supporting evidence that shows (i.e., "proves") that you exhibit the qualities of your predominant color OR SHOW that you are developing or are aware of some of the characteristic of one of your non-dominant Hartman personality colors.

Wednesday, 10/3/12
In class: 1] What are your questions from using the new (or the past due) Aplia lessons? let's get them answered! 2] Basic sentence patterns.

Assignment for Monday 10/8/12:

  1. Following our class discussion of sentence patterns, edit your Hartman essay to rid it of run-ons, comma splices and fragments.
  2. Be sure that you are using all six of the sentence patterns in your edited draft.
  3. Copy out six sentences from your Hartman essay which follow each of the six patterns we discussed in class. I will ask you to turn in those six sentences. (One simple sentence, three compound sentences, and two complex sentences.)

Week Eight

Monday, 10/8/12
In class: 1] Since no one read the assignment to prepare for today's class, do assignment #3 (listed above for today's date) in class and place it in the homework folder when complete. 2] Then begin editing (or re-editing) your Hartman essay to rid it of fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. 3] Save your edited Hartman essay to your jump drive, and send the current version to yourself as an attachment to your TNCC email account. If you use a word processing system other than Microsoft Word when you are off campus, save all of your files in Rich Text Format (".rtf" file extension). You must always have your assignments with you or accessible to you via online storage. No exceptions, no excuses.

Assignment for Wednesday 10/10/12: 1] Edit your Hartman essay to eliminate all sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. 2] Save it as an attachment file in your TNCC email account. 3] Turn in your edited essay at the start of class on Wednesday

Please Note: We will do mid-term evaluation conferences on Wednesday. If you are not working the Aplia lessons, you are not going to pass English 1. The lessons for week 3 have timed out, and I will reset them after our conferences so that you may re-work any that you scored low on. If you are one of the five people who has done three or fewer of the 14 assigned Aplia lessons, go to Week 5 in Aplia and work the lessons that were reposted from the Week One list.

Wednesday, 10/10/12
In class: 1] While we are doing individual conferences, start working the next set of lessons in Aplia. 2] How to use Dropbox to save our essays and paragraphs in "the cloud." (Ooooh . . . "the cloud") 3] Edit Sally Student's paper (if we have time).

Week Nine

Monday, 10/15/12
In class: 1] Begin reworking Aplia lessons on which you scored low, 2] Edit and turn in your Hartman essay and the six sample sentences from it which follow the three basic sentences patterns we have discussed. (simple, compouund, complex)

Assignment for Wednesday 10/17/12: 1] Rework Aplia lessons on which you did not score well

Wednesday, 10/17/12
In class: Sentence Scrabble activity

Resources for completing Aplia and other editing lessons:

Assignment for Monday 10/22/12:
Work Aplia lessons
Use the resources I posted just above
Write a half page about the editing skills that you now know you need to learn in order to qualify for English 111 next semester (to turn in to me on Monday).

Week Ten

Monday, 10/22/12
In class: Reconstructing Bertrand Russell's essay, "What I Have Lived For" to prep for revising paragraphs into an essay.

Sentence development resources: I had requests over the weekend for more infromation about constructing and combining sentences, so here are some resources to aid you with those skills:

Wednesday, 10/24/12
In class: View this video on sentence combining using coordination and then combine these sentences using coordination

Assignment for Monday 10/22/12:
Finish the sentence combining exercise we started in class using coordination (i.e., combining with commas and "fanboys" or with semicolons)
View this video on sentence comining using subordination, and . . .
Combine
these sentences using subordination
Rewrite this paragraph of simple sentences by copying the 7 sentence groups into an MS Word document and recasting them into 7 sentences, a fairly short paragraph.

Week Eleven

Monday, 10/29/12
No class: Hurricane Sandy gives us an un-asked-for holiday. ;-(

Wednesday, 10/31/12
In class: Begin
revising paragraphs for the NHLP essay. I will return the NHLP paragraph you wrote earlier in the semester, summarizing Dr. Smilkstein's research on how people naturally learn, and also the paragraph that you wrote following that one, about how you learned a specif high-order skill following the stages in Smilkstein's NHLP. As you revise these paragraphs, edit them, applying what you have learned from using Aplia and from the editing lessons in class, from doing the sentence combining and the sentence construction and editing exercizes that have been assigned.

Assignment for Monday 11/5/12:
Finish the NHLP essay by typing it and doing the following:

  1. Compose a third body paragraph for your essay, which describes either how you are currently using what you know about the NHLP in your classes or on your job; OR how you should be using this knowledge to achieve your optimum learning potential.
  2. After finishing the body paragraphs, write a good thesis statement that will unify the body paragraphs and states you opinion about the content of the essay. (Remember how Russell did his in his essay that we reconstructed)
  3. Then write an introductory paragraph.
  4. Make good transitions between your paragraphs (again, remember how Russell did this in his essay that we reconstructed) and within your paragraphs, as needed.
  5. Write a good concluding paragraph
  6. Read your TNCC email! I am going to send you information about your use of Aplia, which could effect your eligibility to pass this course.
  7. If you receive an email from me today about Aplia, reply to me immediately.

Week Twelve

Monday, 11/5/12
In class: Finish
revising paragraphs for the NHLP essay, which is a five-paragraph theme. I have returned the NHLP paragraphs you wrote earlier in the semester, summarizing Dr. Smilkstein's research on how people naturally learn, and also the paragraph that you wrote following that one, about how you learned a specif high-order skill following the stages in Smilkstein's NHLP. These are body paragraphs one and two of your NHLP essay. As you revise these paragraphs, edit them, applying what you have learned from using Aplia and from the editing lessons in class, from doing the sentence combining and the sentence construction and editing exercizes that have been assigned.

Assignment for Wednesday 11/7/12:
Finish the NHLP essay by typing it and doing the following:

  1. Compose a third body paragraph for your essay, which describes either how you are currently using what you know about the NHLP in your classes or on your job; OR how you should be using this knowledge to achieve your optimum learning potential.
  2. After finishing the body paragraphs, write a good thesis statement that will unify the body paragraphs and states your opinion about the content of the essay. (Remember how Russell did his in his essay that we reconstructed)
  3. Then write an introductory paragraph.
  4. Make good transitions between your paragraphs (again, remember how Russell did this in his essay that we reconstructed) and within your paragraphs, as needed.
  5. Write a good concluding paragraph

Wednesday, 11/7/12
DUE: NHLP essay, at the start of class
In class: 1] Pair-share, aural editing
of NHLP essays. "Listen" for the problems, and fix the obvious ones first. 2] Close editing for punctuation and grammar corrections, using the GGW's editing checklist (that one is for printing out). Here is the active link to the editing checklist at the GGW. Scroll to the bottom of that page to use the handbook links.

Assignment for Monday 11/12/12:

Week Thirteen

It's "tournament time" in English 1, now, time to push for the championship: a ticket to English 111. What will YOU do to prepare?

Monday, 11/12/12
In class: 1] Discuss revision of brain biology paragraphs into an essay on that topic, and 2] begin revising the paragraphs into an essay. 3] Mini-conferences with Mr. D. on the Hartman essay; we will focus on editing.

Assignment for Wednesday 11/14/12:

1] Revise the Hartman essay adding more sentences that show--more Power 3 sentences. 2] Revise brain biology paragraphs into an essay following this pattern:

Wednesday, 11/14/12
In class: 1] Turn in Hartman
revisions/edited essays (with your previous, marked draft). 2] Turn in the revised/edited NHLP essay if it is ready to return to me. 3] I will RE-cover material on brain development during learning which you are not clear about. What is it?

Assignment for Monday 11/19/12:
Submit the revised/edited brain development essay.
Submit the revised/edited NHLP essay if you did not submit it on 11/14/12
Review the Power Point or view videos I have added about the brain biology/brain development essay on anything that is not clear to you. Email me questions, but don't email me your paper. I will be travelling and if my mailbox fills up, I can't access it while away from campus in order to clear out space.

Prepare YOURSELF for editing your papers for the final portfolio. Here's how: Go to the GGW or the Norton Field Guide exercises. Work a quiz/lesson on ONE error which you want to fix (for instance, run-ons and comma splices). If you use the GGW, then read through that section of the handbook and do a second quiz or lesson. THEN go to your essay and edit for just tha ONE problem or error. Don't look for other errors, just the one.

Week Thirteen.two (Huh?!)

Monday, 11/19/12
In class: 1] Edit/polish your essays to prepare them for the final portfolio. 2] Begin to answer the portfolio preparation editing questions below. Folks, if you can answer these questions and edit your papers for these errors, you are on your way to English 111!! Answer these questions in complete, grammatically correct sentences, numbered correctly to correspond to your answers.

  1. How do you know that you have used those semicolons in your sentences correctly?
  2. Describe the rules or uses for commas which have the following purposes:
    • Purpose--to add information to the sentence at 3 different points. (Describe where and how to use these commas)
    • Purpose--to separate elements within the sentence/ show three types of sentences elements which commas should separate.
    • Purpose--to combine separate ideas into one sentence. What rules or restrictions apply?
    • Purpose--place holder/mechanical functions. Describe five mechanical uses of commas.
  3. What is the difference between a run-on sentence (called a “fused sentence” in some sources) and a comma splice?
  4. What is the best way to proofread your essays in order to identify and overcome sentence fragment errors?
  5. What makes a verb “regular”?
  6. What is meant by “subject-verb agreement” and how is the error fixed?

NOTE: The Guide to Grammar and Writing has handbook information on these editing skills and also Power Point slide shows.

Assignment for Monday 11/26/12:
Type anwers to the proofreading/editing skills questions posted above. Turn them in at the start of class.

Week Fourteen

Monday, 11/26/12
In class: Return essays for final editing. Your portfolio, with only your final draft of your essays, will be collected at the end of class on Wednesday, 12/5. that is next week. Your portfolio will include [1] your Hartman profile essay, [2] the NHLP essay (
instructions were posted on 11/5), and [3] the brain biology essay (instructions were posted on 11/12)

Wednesday, 11/26/12
In class: Reviewing punctuation and grammar. Let's play English 1 Jeopardy!

Week Fifteen

Monday, 12/3/12
In class: Begin writing the in-class final essay

Wednesday, 12/5/12
In class: 1] Finish writing the in-class final essay, and 2] Turn in your final portfolio with (1) the Hartman profile essay, (2) the brain development essay, and (3) the Natural Human learning Process essay, along with (4) the final you wrote in class this week, and (5) the self-assessment, which you may open from that link and type or you may write by hand.

Test schedule for finals week: http://tncc.edu/students/student-resources/exam-schedules/

Finals Week

Monday, 12/10/12
In class: Final portfolio conferences. That's all for the semester, folks. Go forth into your successful future!!

 

 


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