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English 112 course syllabus
Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Spring Class Schedule
Avoiding plagiarism by citing sources:
- Avoiding plagiarism and using MLA documentation style (16 min.)
- What do I need to cite? (1 min.)
- Plagiarism: You can't just change a few words! (1 min.)
- Quoting and paraphrasing (3 min.)
- Citing without quoting (3 min.)
- Citing websites (2 min.)
- Punctuating in-text citations (3 min)
- How to cite a Youtube video.
Traditional Argument Handouts/Sites
(OWL stands for Online Writing Labs) link to handbooks, workbooks,
help desks to assist you with writing problems.
Test your knowledge and misconceptions about plagiarism, and learn why and how to avoid it!
E-mail Do's and Don't's poster
created by Eng 111-03 Fall 2015. Follow this ettiquette and these protocols when emailing your professors and everyone
Grammar Instruction With Attitude: Daily grammar work out, grammar glossary, grammar exercises, MOOC (enroll in a free Massive Open Online Course), handouts, Power Point presentations, grammar videos, tips & rules--and it's actually FUN! Great stuff for teachers and for students alike.
- 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
In-class activities: 1] Introductions: tell us about your pets! 2] Remind App: enter 81010, message/class code @6gc63b, 3] Pre-semester readiness survey, 4] Posting in BBd. Discuss the topic in class.
Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/9/19:
- Write: Three paragraphs, appx. 300 words (a full page to a page and a half), describing the most important things you learned about conducting and writing academic research.
- Format: MS Word, Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced throughout, includes w.c. section if anything is cited
- Preparation: Fully proof-read and edited for grammar and punctuation conventions. Use the Assistive Technologies to aid proof-reading and editing
- Due: C.O.B. 1/8/19, posted to BBd
- Points/rubric: 2 pts. (by comparison, essays = 6 pts.); rubric is posted in BBd
- Pre-semester readiness survey: Complete by C.O.B. 1/8/19 (2 pts.)
- View: Email ettiquette and protocols videos. This advice is applicable not just to emailing professors and class colleagues, but applies to all of our in-class and outside-of-class communication (including Remind App and telephone conversations or messages).
In-class activities: 1] Taking notes on readings using Cornell notes layout and an outline format. 2] Summarizing using Assistive Technologies: Speechnotes. 3] Annotating and documenting. Here is a sample of one type of annotated bibliography.
Homework assignment for Monday, 1/14/19:
- Make an annotation outline for each article:
- Analysis of the source for credibility
- Assessment of the writer's credibility with regard to the subject mater
- Four most important points made in the article
- The writer's thesis (i.e., the recommendation)
- Research and Write: Draft an annotated biblography of these sources. Write just seven sentences for each. First analyzes the source, second assesses the writer's credibility, the next four summarize the most important information form the articles. The final is the writer's thesis/recommendation. List alphabetically in the annotated bibliography. Insert a blank space between each annotation so that they don't all run together.
In-class activities: 1] Discuss completion of the annotated bibliography. 2] Discuss results of the pre-semester survey (and submission of late work). 3[ Discuss and distribute NQAs 4] Small-group/class discussion: completion of the course syllabus with regard to class/personal cell phone policy. 4] Registering for NYT in Education:
Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/16/19:
- Complete and post (to BBd) the annotated bibliography of four articles on the effects of cell phone use on college students' grades and learning outcomes.
- Grading criteria for annotated bibliography (6 points possible):
- 1.5 pts. Format: The four works cited entries correctly follow MLA conventions and they are listed in alphabetical order, with the annotation below them in paragraph format.
- 2 pts. Analysis of sources: Each annotation first assesses the credibility of each source (one sentence) and then the credibility of the writer (one sentence).
- 1. 5 pts. Content: In four to five sentences the most important content of the article is described in a paraphrased summary.
- 1 pt. Editing: The annotations have few if any grammatical or punctuation errors.
- Write a one-page statement of what your personal cell phone policy will be this semester with regard to use in class and during study (250-300 words). It will consist of three pargraphs: Your rationale, paraphrases from the research your rationale is based on, a clear statement of your understanding of the consequences or outcomes of your personal cell phone use policy.
- Syllabus quiz.
Wednesday, 1/16/19 1] Submit Syllabus Quiz. 2] Discuss cell phone policies and agree to ours. Add it to the syllabus to finalize the syllabus. 3] Discuss Preparedness to Succeed survey outcomes. 4] View/discuss grade rosters from Fall 2018.
Homework assignment for:
Homework assignment for Monday 1/28/18:
Monday 1/28/18 In class: 1]
Homework assignment for Wednesday, 1/30/18:
- Reading: Abstract and analysis of Orwell's 1984. Read all three of these short selections. George Orwell, (use this bio if the other does not open) author of 1984, Animal Farm and other influential, controversial, and powerful works of fiction and non-fiction. 1984 Plot Summary. 1984 themes and motifs.
- Think!! "Big Brother is Watching," "Newspeak." Think about and be ready to discuss the ways in which Orwell's book was prophetic of the times to come. He wrote it in 1948. He was soooo influential that his name has become an adjective--many people say we live in an Orwellian world, while others hold that we live in "post-Orwellian" society. Do we? How so, or how not? How does his writing reflect the contemporary times in which we live? These will be one of the foci of our conversation about Orwell and 1984.
- Read/Listen to this story
- Take notes on these selections and the discussion questions for our discussion and for your Learning Journal for next week. (More on that later.)
Wednesday 1/30/18 In class: 1]
Homework assignment for Monday, 2/5/18:
Monday 2/4/18 In class: 1]
Homework assignment for Wednesday, 2/6/18:
Wednesday 2/6/18 In class: 1] at 2:00, discuss the "Analyzing an Article" assignment. 2] at 3:30 group activity: Ethos, Pathos, Logos.
Homework assignment for Monday, 2/12/18:
- Read: "Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts" NPR, 5 Dec. 2016
- Finish note-taking from the readings about Orwell
- Prepare to discuss the following article. (Dive Deep!!): "2017 Isn’t ‘1984’ –It’s Stranger than Orwell Imagined"
- Paragraphs 1-13 are an excellent example of background information for people who don't know much about George Orwell or his works, essentially 13 paragraphs of "introduction" to Broich's essay.
- Paragraphs 14-20, essentially, ARE Broich's essay, then.
- Is Broich a credible writer? (Discuss)
- Where was this piece published? Is it a viable publication?
- What is his thesis statement?
- Describe evidence of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Broich's essay.
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