English 111-20W, Summer 2019
T-Th 11:00 a.m. - 1:50, Williamsburg Campus
Rick Dollieslager, Thomas Nelson Community College
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Summer. A time for FUN! (And Comp. 1 class)

Tues & Thurs Office Hours T & Th: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., room 233
Office Phone: 757-258-6506

Email me at dollier@tncc.edu
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Last Updated, 18 July 2019, 12:05 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
Class Web Resources
Jump-Links to Weekly Schedule

Plagiarism and Citing Videos

  • Assistive writing and editing technologies:
  • The "Speak" function in M.S. Word
  • Speechnotes Chrome browser and cell phone voice-to-text app
  • You will find Paper Rater useful in providing computer feedback on your papers
  • Grammar/spell check with both M.S. Word and Grammarly


--Week One--

Tuesday, 6/4/19
In-class activities: 1] Introductions and review syllabus, course policies, overview of course. 2] "Diagnostic" writing sample: Compose three paragraphs (one full page to a page and a half) describing your experiences and development as a reader as well as your feelings about reading, per the
Reading Literacy Pre-Semester topic prompt

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/11/19:

Thursday, 6/6/19
In-class activities: Library research orientation.


--Week Two--

Tuesday, 6/11/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss and begin annotated bibliographies of cell phone articles. 2] Discuss Class Resources Box -- our textbook" for the summer.

Tuesday, 6/13/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss and then submit annotated bibliographies of cell phone articles. 2] Begin researching our first paper topic:
Communicating as a Professional

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/18/19:

  • Compose two paragraphs:
    1. Phase one, paraphrasing from two sources in one paragraph.
    2. Phase two, extrapolating ideas and paraphrasing them from a single source, the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
    3. NOTE: Phase one (the paraphrases paragraph) will be due for grading by the start of class on Tuesday. the Phase two paragraph (the extrapolations from the OOH description of your future job) is due as a draft, for discussion and peer review during class
--Week Three--

Tuesday, 6/18/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss and tweak
Phase one, paraphrasing from two sources in one paragraph. 2] Discuss completion of Phase two, extrapolating ideas and paraphrasing them from a single source, the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/20/19:

  • Compose two paragraphs:
    1. Phase two, extrapolating ideas and paraphrasing them from a single source, the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
    2. Phase three, critical application of researched sources on communicating professionally: a plan for developing professional communication skills'

Thursday, 6/20/19
In-class activities: 1] View and read about why I hate YOU! 2] Review elements of an essay by reconstructing Bertrand Russell's best essay.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/25/19:

--Week Four--

Tuesday, 6/25/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss thesis statements for essay #1, "Communicatioing as a Professional," and 2] peer review the draft before submitting for evaluation. 3] Register for a free subscription to the NY Times and their feature program NY Times in Education
https://libguides.tncc.edu/newyorktimes. 4] Begin reading/writing activities related to the first selected reading in the New York Times in Education. Section, "Psychology"; Article title, "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)."

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/27/19:

  • Finish drafting and upload the "Comunicating as a Professional" essay into Canvas by midnight on Wednesday.
  • Read "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control" from the New York Times in Education. Section, "Psychology"
  • Write notes in answer to the discussion questions and the "digging deeper" questions listed in the introduction to the learning activities related to the article.
  • Write the InQuizitive meta. Copy this into a Word document and post it to Canvas upon completion.

Thursday, 6/27/19
In-class discussion: "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)."

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 7/2/19:

  • Summarize "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)" in about 300 words, a page to a page and a half, fully documenting the source with in-text citation(s) and a correctly formatted works cited entry. Proofread and edit thoroughly, including use of the assistive technologies.
  • Read, take notes on, and prepare to discuss "Your Best Tips For Beating Procrastination'" and "Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate"
  • Submit any late work that is past due.
--Week Five--

Tuesday, 7/2/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss the artices from NYT by Lieberman, Herrera, and Grant: Procrastination--good, bad, or ugly? 2] Freewrite on specific instances where procrastination or PRE-crastination has produced unfavorable outcomes for you.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 7/11/19:

  • Re-read and flesh out your notes (based on class discussion and re-reading) the articles by Lieberman, Herrera, and Grant.
  • Read and take notes on the ancillary links in each of those articles that look like they may be useful to you related to the topic of procrastination.
  • Plan out and make a blocking outline (after reading all of the pertinent articles) for a problem/solution essay related to the issue of prorastinaging (or pre-crastinating if you are in that camp).
  • Note: For the essay, you will establish that procrastination or pre-crastination is a problem for you, discuss and illustrate the degree to which it is (based on your free-writes from in-class, to give examples of situations and outcomes that make you conclude that it is problematic, and the degree to which it is a problem for you).
  • Solution: What actions will you take or habits will you develop to help you to solve this problem for yourself?
  • Planning required content: The full summary of the Lieberman article will be included in the essay. All other sources you use to develop the essay and solve the problem will be appropriately documented and accurately incorporated ino the essay. Use some direct quoting, but no more than three direct quotes; otherwise paraphrase from your sources.

We will not meet f-2-f for class on either 7/4 or (Tuesday) 7/9

--Week Six--

Tuesday, 7/9/19
Cyber workshop: (1) Draft the summary of the Lieberman article, research other related sources on the topic of procrastination, (2) plan out your problem/solution essay which will identify how procrastination affects you and manifests itself in your academic and/or personal life and how you will sove this problem, (3) and make blocking outline of your essay plan.

Thursday, 7/11/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss your esay outline/plans. 2] Compose or complete the draft of your essay. 3] View videos about developing a website and 4] begin developing your Webfolio of Final Edits and Revisions.

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 7/16/19:

  • Webfolio home page: This will include a brief introduction about yourself and explanation of the purpose of the website, an image of you or one that clearly represents you in some significant way, and some method of indexing links to the projects you will begin uploading in Week 7.
  • Post the completed problem/solution essay about procrastination. The only required component will be a full-article summary of the Lieberman article (around 150-200 words). The rest of the content will be determined by how you define the nature of the problem of procrastination for you, personally, and what your plans are (derived from viable researched sources) for overcoming the killer of all ambitions and goals--procrastination.
--Week Seven--

Tuesday, 7/16/19
In-class activities: 1] Discuss revisions to the summary of the Lieberman article, including signal phrase attribution, citing direct quotes, documenting the source, the plagiarism report (e.g., 78% plagiarism!!), and unifying the summary. 2] Add your Webfolio Welcome Page URL to
the class index for access to these projects. 3] Discuss possible topics for the final independent researched essay. I will suggest topics and proscribe some types of topics, but otherwise will leave topic selection up to you. 4] Mini-conference on the Procrastination essays. I would like to grade as many of them as possible while we are gathered together for class.

Independent Essay suggested topics and proscribed topics

  • A review of a currently showing movie.
  • A restaurant review.
  • A review of any local attraction such as a theme park or adventure activity such as Go Ape, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, plantations, a public beach such as Yorktown Beach, etc. These must be open to the public (i.e., not "My Neighbors Crazy Backyard Pool")
  • A review of any local entertainment event such as a concert
  • Problem/solution essay: Or you may identify a problem which you which to research for your own purposes and propose a solution, much like essays 1 and 2.
  • Proscribed topics: Anything that is an academic, philosophical, religious, or political issue. Argue these points in Comp. II because that is the purpose of the second-semester Comp. class.
  • Stipulations: The Independent Essay will include at least one relevant direct quote and at least one paraphrase from viable and relevant sources, correctly attributed and with a correctly formatted works cited section.

Resources/assignments for Webfolio development

Additionally, browse the individual webfolios below and some of those which are indexed on the project page links below:

Webfolios of Final Revisions and Edits: Total points possible = 10

Your webfolio presents your best quality academic writing at the culmination of the semester, work which has been fully revised and edited following evaluation.

Homepage minimum inclusions:

  • Your name
  • An image of yourself or one which, in some way, clearly represents you
  • Short blurb which introduces you and the purpose (or purposes) of your website
  • Links to (1) the TNCC homepage, (2) class homepage, (3) your college email address (hot-linked if you use Google Sites), (4) navigation links to your project pages

Project pages include the following:

  • Annotated bibliography of cell phone articles
  • Two paragraphs, separate from the essays they are included in and including the attribution and works cited section: The Adams and Weins paraphrases and a full article summary of the Lieberman piece
  • The essay "Communicating as a Professional"
  • The Procrastination Essay
  • The Independent Essay


  • The webfolio is easily navigable, and the projects are easy to locate from your index page.
  • The text is easy to read, i.e., no dark text on a dark background, or vice versa.
  • As a Webfolio of Final Revisions and Edits, the work is revised and edited per evaluation suggestions, and is free of egregious errors of any sort.
  • Web pages vs. documents: Academic papers are visually boring; web pages should not be. It is easy to add visually appealing backgrounds, relevant graphics and images, and links to any sources which have been cited. Simply posting a Word document or linking to a Google document takes little effort and shows little pride in the work. Such minimal effort won't earn maximum credit.
  • Extra inclusions/extra effort will be reflected in the final grade for the webfolio. Extras may include work you have done for other classes, photos you have taken, social elements such as pet photos (particularly dogs) ;-) and family or friends photos, your artwork, poetry, blog posts, links to and/or images of your place of employment, college you plan to transfer to, images related to your future profession, etc.

Have FUN with your website project!!

Thursday, 7/18/19
In-class activities: 1] Mini-conference on the Procrastination essays. I would like to finish grading these while we are gathered together for class. 2] Approve final essay topics. 3] Discuss content, edits, and revisions to the major projects which will be included in the Webfolio of Final Edits and Revisions.

Your class Webfolios Index page.

  • procrastination.
--Week Eight--

Tuesday, 7/23/19
In-class workshop: 1] Grading conferences re: your Independent Essay. 2] Perfect the work in your Webfolio of Final Revisions and Edits.

Thursday, 7/25/19
In-class workshop: 1] Grading conferences re: your Webfolio of Final Revisions and Edits.

1:45 pm Thursday, 7/25: Semester has ended. Go forth and multiply! You will know your point total and letter grade when you walk out the door because it is the end of the semester for ME as well as for you. Should you NOT be ready for the "Go forth and multiply" thing at this point in your life, here's an alternative for the summer break: If you are in the Avon, OBX area in the next two weeks (where I will be), you can buy me a beer--at a local micro-brewery if you are of an age to legally consume adult beverages, or at the A & W Drive-in, where we can enjoy the frosty "Root" variety of beer. ;-) Either way works for me! :-)

Have a GREAT break, y'all!



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