English 3: Computer-Mediated Preparing for College Writing II,
On Course Comunity of Learners, Spring 2011
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College

a neuron firing

We've composed two essays. Hooray! Now let's finish them by editing carefully.


Last Updated, 18 April 2011, 10:10 a.m.

Over-arching goals of English 3: "From Paragraphs to Edited Essays"

Assignments
Class Resources
Spring Class Schedule
  • Essay #1: Learning Analysis Understanding and applying the Natural Human Learing Process to your own experience.
  • Essay #2: A Successful Person This paper is about someone you know who has been successful in the face of adversities.
  • Essay #3: From journal to essay, using the On Course journal to generate essay content.
  • Essay #4: Independent topic (i.e., your choice) or English 109 class topic. We will decide at the time which is most advantageous to write.
  • Essay #5: In-class Final Essay

Week 1
Jan.. 10 & 12

Week 2
Jan. 19
Week 3
Jan. 24 & 26
Week 4
Jan. 31 & Feb. 2
Week 5
Feb. 7 & 9
Week 6
Feb. 14 & 16
Week 7
Feb. 21 & 23
Week 8
Feb. 28 & Mar. 2
Week 9
Mar. 14 & 16
Week 10
Mar. 21 & 23
Week 11
Mar. 28 & 30
Week 12
Apr. 4 & 6
Week 13
Apr. 11 & 13
Week 14
Apr. 18 & 20
Week 15
Apr. 25 & 27
Finals
May. 4

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, 1/10/11

In-class activities: 1) Introductions all around, 2) writing the On Course pre-semester self assessment, 3) writing journal entry #1 for English 109 (go to page 11)

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/19/11: 1] Listen to the video (and read the lyrics) about identifying subjects and verbs. 2] Work 10-question lessons from the following three different areas of the Norton Exercise Central: a) Verb tenses, b) subjects and verbs separated, c) s - v agreement. 3] Email me and yourself your results for each of the three quizzes. My email is dollier@tncc.edu.

--Week Two--

Wednesday, 1/19/11

In-class activities:1] Understanding the Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP) 2] Taking notes on the NHLP using the Cornell (University) notetaking method.

Homework assignment for Monday, 1/24/11:

Review your notes from class on the NHLP.Write a paragraph of approximately 150-200 words describing how you learned the skill, activity, or body of knowledge that you discussed in class with your colleagues through the stages of the NHLP. Due at the start of class on Monday.

--Week Three--

Monday, 1/24/11

In-class activities: "Starter Activity" Calculate the number of hours you should devote to studying for your classes. Are you doing this? You'll have to get serious about making time to study and to write your assignments outside of class, or you simply won't be able to pass Eng. 3. or Eng. 109. :-(
Lesson Agenda: 1] Understanding
how the brain develops biologically during the NHLP 2] Taking notes on the lecture using the Cornell (University) notetaking method.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/26/11: 1] Revise the NHLP paragraph you wrote for today per our class discussion about how to develop the content so that it shows that (1) you understand the NHLP and (2) went through those stages of the NHLP when learning a significant skill you have mastered.
2] Draft a paragraph about 150-200 words in length in which you describe how a neuron is similar to a tree and how synaptic firing is similar to a spark plug firing.

blue neural network

Click on the image of the neural network to go to Susan Gaidos' article, "Contemplating Thought," which is about brain functioning during learning.

Wednesday, 1/26/11

In-class activities:1] Understanding how emotions affect (control) learning and cognition, 2] begin drafting part 3 of the brain development essay: how emotions affect learning.

Homework assignment for Monday, 1/31/11:

1] Finish drafting a paragraph of 150-200 words in length discussing how emotions and the hormones produced by our emotions control our ability to learn.
2] Bring all three parts of the brain development essays which have been assigned so far: The NHLP paragraph, the biological development paragraph (how dendrite growth is like a tree growing and how synaptic firing is like a spark plug firing), and how emotions affec learning.

--Week Four--

Monday, 1/31/11

In-class: Revise your 1st paragraph (about the NHLP) by Power Writing it following this pattern: 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3. In this pattern, 1 = your topic sentence; 2 = a sentence describing a stage in Dr. Smilkstein's NHLP; and 3 = a sentence elaborating on the #2 sentence by describing each stage of the NHLP you went through when learning something you have mastered.

Power Writing Resources: We had a most excellent workshop on Power Writing led by COL Learning Coach, Mr. Sulzberger last Thursday. You will love knowing how to Power Write! Check these resource sites:

Revise your paragraph about the NHLP by Power Writing it following this pattern: 1-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3. In this pattern, 1 = your topic sentence; 2 = a sentence describing a stage in Dr. Smilkstein's NHLP; and 3 = a sentence elaborating on the #2 sentence by describing each stage of the NHLP you went through when learning something you have mastered.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/2/11:
Due: Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 assigned on 1/19, 1/24, and 1/26 above.

Wednesday, 2/2/11

In-class activities: 1] Due: paragraphs 1-3; 2] Understanding thesis statements and the structure of a 5-paragraph theme by reconstructing "What I Have Lived For"--a five-paragraph theme written by philosoher Bertrand Russell as the introduction to his autobiography.

Homework for Monday: Finish the essay on brain development during the learning process by writing

--Week Five--
Monday, 2/2/11

In-class: 1] Introduction to Perfect Copy lessons that you can work on campus (room 916 or the Writing Center), and 2] W.W. Norton's Exercise Central, on-line lessons you may access from anywhere in the world.

Homework for Wednesday: 1] Editing Exercises: Have your results of two, ten-question Exercise Central lessons emailed to me, so that I know that YOU know how to use this program outside of class. Choose two lessons in areas where you need to improve on your editing skills. 2] THINK! about someone you know personally who is successful, by whatever definition of success that you ascribe to. 3] Make a list of the things that this person has done that make you think of him or her as successful.

Wednesday, 2/9/11

In-class writing workshop: Draft a five paragraph essay about a successful person whom you know who has succeeded against difficult circumstances.

Homework for Monday: Turn in two essays: I. brain development during learning, and II. a successful person that I know

--Week Six--

Monday, 2/14/11

In-class activities: 1] Turn in the brain development essay and the successful person essay if you have not already done so. 2] Start: The Least You Need to Know About Editing. For this in-class project you will do the following:

  1. Use the resources on the links provided above and the handbooks in the classroom. In your own words, define or describe a "sentence fragment" and give at least two ways to correct a fragment.
  2. In your own words, define or describe a run-on sentence (also called a fused sentence) and give at least two ways to correct a run-on.
  3. In your own words, define or describe a comma splice sentence and give at least two ways to correct a comma splice.

Homework for Wednesday: Complete the project which you started in class today, to be turned in on Wednesday at the start of class.

Wednesday, 2/16/11

In-class: The least you need to know about commas.

Homework for Monday: 1] Redo anything I marked as incorrect on the fragment, run-on and comma splice assignment.
2] Finish the comma purposes exercise
that we started in class.

--Week Seven--

Monday, 2/21/11

In-class activities: 1] Turn in your sentence boundaries exercise from 2/14 and the commas exercise which you started in class on Wednesday. 2] Select topics for Eng. 109/Eng. 3 mid-term essay

Wednesday, 2/23/11

In-class Writing Workshop: 1] Compose your mid-term essay, 2] Mini-conferences with Mr. D. on your first two essays

Week Eight--

Monday, 2/28/11

In-class activities: Class edit of one paragraph from each writer's essay, focusing on sentence boundary errors. 3] Edit your own essay for sentence boundary errors ONLY.

--Week Nine--

Wednesday, 3/16/11

In-class activities: Using resources to identify sentence patterns

Homework assignment for Monday, 3/21: Finish the sentence patterns exercise which we began in class.

--Week Ten--

Monday, 3/21/11

Editing Week: Mini-conference and individual workshops. This week we edit the brain development essay to prepare it for portfolio review. Bring all three papers to class with you: Brain development essay, successful person essay, and the mid-term essay for Eng 109.

Wednesday, 3/21/11

Editing Week: Mini-conference and individual workshops. This week we finish editing the brain development essay to prepare it for portfolio review. Bring all three papers to class with you: Brain development essay, successful person essay, and the mid-term essay for Eng 109.

Homework assignment for Monday, 3/28/11: Revised/edited copy of the first three essays, which I discussed with you in class today. I want these to be ready for your portfolio NOW so that we can start the fourth paper next week.

--Week Eleven--

Monday, 3/28/11

Exploring topic #4: The Least I Need to Know and Do to Pass English 3

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 3/30/11 (due at the start of class): 1] 150-200 word paragraph about your strengths as a writer. 2] Fill in the weakness brainstorm completely. Fill both sides with words--your suggestions on how to develop skills in each of the areas on the handout.

--Week Twelve--

Monday, 4/4/11

In-class activities: Finish drafting your essay on how you will develop your editing or essay writing skills fully enough to pass Eng. 3 when the portfolios are submitted in 3 and 1/2 weeks. Your essay will have the following body paragraphs:

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/6/11 (due at the start of class): Introductory and concluding paragraphs for the essay about how you will develop your writing and editing skills in the next 3 weeks in order to pass Eng. 3.

Wednesday, 4/6/11

In-class activities: 1] RE-introduction to use of Perfect Copy, and 2] Mini-conferences on the writing skills essays, during class.

Homework assignment for Monday, 4/11/11 (due at the start of class):

  1. Bring a pocket folder to use for your Eng. 3 essays portfolio
  2. Place your best copy of each of the first four essays into the folder. The essay topics, so far, follow:
--Week Thirteen--

Monday, 4/11/11

In-class activities: Mini conferences on your essays: editing and revising

Wednesday, 4/13/11

In-class activities: Work two Perfect Copy lessons on comma use, and then edit at least one essay for comma errors.

--Week Fourteen--

Monday, 4/11/18

In-class activities: Discuss writing the in-class final essays; discuss possible topics for the in-class final essay.

Wednesday, 4/20/11

Due at the end of class: Eng. 3 portfolios with the four revised and edited essays following these instructions

--Week Fifteen--

Monday, 4/11/25

In-class activity: 1] Writing the in-class final essays. 2] Portfolios will be returned with final suggestions for editing.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 4/27/11: EDIT!!! your portfolio essays one last time prior to turning them in for the final time on Wednesday

Wednesday, 4/27/11

In-class activity: Finishing the in-class final essays
Due at the end of class: Eng. 3 FINAL portfolios with the four revised and edited essays
following
these instruction, AND the in-class final essay

--Week Sixteen--

Monday, 5/2/11

In-class activities: Portfolio conferences IF the portfolios have already been evaluated by the panel of graders. And work on your Eng. 109 final project.

Wednesday, 5/4/11, 9:00-10:30

FINAL: 1] Finish and present English 109 projects with Prof. Hayden. 2] Portfolio conferences with Mr. D.


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