English 111 & English Fundamentals (ENF) 3, Fall 2019
M & W 7:00-9:00, Williamsburg Campus
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College
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Last Updated, 21 October 2019, 2:15 p.m.

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.

Class Video Resources
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Plagiarism and Citing Videos

Assistive writing and editing technologies:

Week 1

  • 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

 

--Week One--

Wednesday, 8/21/19
In-class activities: 1] Introductions. 2] Accessing the class web page for homework.

Homework assignment for Monday, 8/26/19:

--Week Two--

Monday, 8/26/19
In-class activities: 1] Accessing the class web page and
syllabus. 2] Accessing Canvas to post the Reading Literacy Narrative. 3] Discuss cell phone articles 4] Registration and introduction to the Little Seagull Handbook/InQuizitve lessons (class set # is 190303) and the Norton Write lessons (class set # will be provided upon purchase of the Little Seagull)

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 8/28/19:

  • Compose and post to Canvas a two-paragraph composition about your personal policy for cell phone use during class and during study. (Paragraph one) Begin with highlights from the readings which show the impact cell phone use has on college grades and course outcomes. (Paragraph 2) Then, based on class discussion about the research we read, describe what your personal cell phone use policy will be--during classes and during study.
  • Purchase Little Seagull Handbook with InQuizitive and Norton Write lessons
  • Class code for Little Seagull/InQuizitive: 190303

Wednesday, 8/28/19
In-class activities: Begin Readings and discussion for Essay 1, about creating your success by understanding Creator and Victim mindsets.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/4/19:

  • InQuizitive: Do lessons 1 and 2.
  • Creator and Victim behaviors and language. This is from Prof. Mirman's blog--which we summarized together in class.
  • View these videos about Creators and Victims: DominicJesse, the Professors. (NOTE: To view "the Professors" video using Chrome browser, you may have to enable Adobe Flash by clicking on it and then clicking on the settings button in the upper right corner of the browser to enable Flash. On the Mozilla Firefox browser, when you click to enable flash, it will have a drop-down menu. It seems to work on Safari and Internet Explorer without Flash being enabled. This is not a problem with the video, folks. It's the browser.
    • Take notes. Why was each student at first unsuccessful in college? What did each one do to turn their failures into success?
    • What are the four things that stand out the most for you that the professors said? Remember, if you quote them word-for-word, put their words inside of "quotation marks."

  • Read and highlight the topic sentences of each paragraph from the following 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 (capital C and V), he describes their behaviors. Write out what you think his definitions are.
    • Further note taking: After reading and marking the selection, write down what you think Dr. Downing's definition of a Creator (capital C) is and what you think his definition of a Victim (capital V).
      • Use the 3-2-1 reading strategy. Three: After reading, record three things you learned from the excerpt. Two: Next, record two things that you found interesting and that you’d like to learn more about. One: Then, record one question you still have about the material.

--Week Three--

Wednesday, 9/4/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss a case study: "The Late Paper" 2] Discuss Chapter 2 of Downing's book. Chapter 2 is titled "Adopting a Creator Mindset. 3] Freewrite: A time when I played the Victim Role.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/9/19:

  • Draft three paragraphs using your notes from the readings and from our class discussions today.
    • Edit the summary of Mirman's article to get it down to 150 words while still doing justice to his original essay
    • Compose a paragraph (appx. 200 words) in which you describe a time when you played the role of Victim. It must have clear, vivid, concrete details that SHOW and don't just tell.
    • Compose a separate paragraph describing someone you know personally (not someone you know about) whom you regard to be a Creator (appx. 200 words). It needs to describe details that SHOW that this person is a Creator. Remember: Don't just tell us about your example of a Creator; instead SHOW what the person does or has done that makes you think of him or her as a Creator.
  • Save your paragraphs to Google Drive or in Google Docs so that you can work on them during our Monday drafting, editing, and revising workshop.

--Week Four--

Monday, 9/9/19
In-class activities: 1] Upload to Canvas your paragraph describing someone you know personally (not someone you know about) whom you regard to be a Creator (appx. 200 words). It needs to describe details that SHOW that this person is a Creator. Remember: Don't just tell us about your example of a Creator; instead SHOW what the person does or has done that makes you think of him or her as a Creator. 2] Reconstructing Bertrand Russell's life.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/11/19:

Wednesday, 9/11/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss the instructions in the grading rubric for this essay. 2] Tweak the attributions and Works Cited sections. 3] Peer review for aptness of transitions between and within paragraphs.

Homework assignment for Monday, 9/16/19:

--Week Five--

Monday, 9/16/19
In-class activities: 1] Read the "Boilerplate" comments in Canvas Announcements. 2] Read sections E-1b and E-1c in the L.S. Handbook; then scroll to the bottom of the E-1 page and work all the InQuizitive lessons on comma splices and fused sentences. Then edit your entire paper for those sentence boundary errors. Working those lessons will be part of your grade for the essay.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/18/19:

Wednesday, 9/18/19
In-class activities: 1] Begin Project:
The Grammar Crossword. Find the sections in the Little Seagull Handbook that correspond to and can help you to answer the following questions, and pencil in the section number next to the clue. Across: 1, 5, 17, 33, 41, 51, 56, 66. Down: 4, 10, 12, 25, 49. 2] Poetry Coffeeshop

Homework assignment for Monday 9/23/19:

  • Finish the Grammar Crossword activities by indicating the section numbers from the Little Seagull Handbook which correspond to the clue answers indicated on Tuesday's in-class agenda, and . . .
    • separately, type an original sample sentence (i.e., not a sentence copied from the handbook or from any other source) which exemplifies the use of the punctuation mark or grammar conventions of the following clue answers: Across: 1, 5, 17, 33, 41, 51, 56. Down: 4, 10, 12, 25, 49.

--Week Six--

Monday 9/23/19  Group Projects: 1] Does punctuation really matter all that much, or is it just some English teacher thing? Let's ask John! 2] Big Money: How much would YOU pay for a comma? A $million? Two $million? A $2 million comma?! 3] The Icarus project.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 9/25/19:

--Week Seven--

Wednesday 10/2/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss "
Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)" 2] Research and note-taking workshop. Problem/solution essay on procrasination. In addition to the linked articles in the NYT, more resources are below: "Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate" and "Your Best Tips for Beating Procrastination."

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/7/19:

--Week Eight--

Monday 10/7 In-class activities: 1] Webfolio workshop. 2] Group project: Making inferrences while reading a story crossword, "Unk, the Monk with Spunk."

Homework assignment for Wedbnesday, 10/9/19:

Wednesday 10/9 In-class activities: 1] Webfolio index. Add your homepage URL. 2] research/writing workshop: Critical Thinking Journal #1.

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/14/19:

--Week Nine--

Monday 10/14 In-class group project: Making sense of comma uses and teaching your colleagues how to use them correctly. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/21/19:

Wednesday 10/16 In-class activities: 1] Meet briefly with your groupmates to discuss progress and direction you go from here to finish it. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt." 2] Poetry Coffeehouse, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Theme is "The Supernatural"

Homework assignment for Monday, 10/21/19:

--Week Ten--

Monday 10/21 In-class activities:

  1. Finish your group project: Making sense of comma uses and teaching your colleagues how to use them correctly. "Comma Conventions: A Handbook Scavenger Hunt."
  2. Once finished, read my grading comments on Critical Thinking Journal #1 to prepare for revising and editing that paper. Revising--we will discuss the CTJ #1 in class. Editing--Where I have called your attention to the punctuation and grammar sections of the L.S. handbook, here is what you are to do. Go to those sections of the handbook, one at a time. For instance, if I have sent you to section S-2 four times and P-1a twice, and sever other sections once, go first to section S-2. Browse through the handbook's discussion of that punctuation or grammar convention, and, HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART, scroll to the bottom of that section and work the InQuizitive lessons and the other listed lessons on that topic until you are satisfied that you can correct that error and NEVER commit it again. You can't cheat and not do this handbook/workbook activity because I can see whether you have worked those lessons by accessing the InQuizitive and L.S. handook analytics.
  3. Revise and edit CTJ #1 to make it perfect but do not repost it in Canvas. Instead it will go into your Webfolio of Final Edits and Revisions when you have perfected it.
  4. Begin researching and writing Critical Thinking Journal #2.

Homework assignment for Wednesday, 10/23/19:

  1. Revise and edit CTJ #1 to make it perfect but do not repost it in Canvas. Instead it will go into your Webfolio of Final Edits and Revisions when you have perfected it.
  2. Begin researching and writing Critical Thinking Journal #2. It will be due next Monday.

 


 

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