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English 112 course syllabus
Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Summer 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.
Assistive writing and editing technologies:
- 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
- "Media Bias and Media Bastions". This webpage includes some of the resources above and many more, with related articles on topics such as conformation bias, SPJ Cpde of Ethics and more.
In-class activities: 1] Introductions and review syllabus, course policies, overview of course.
Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/7/18:
- Read and take notes on the following articles. We will discuss and then write summaries of them in class:
Thursday, 6/7/18 In-class activities:
1] Resources: Below is a link to an older version of the Norton Field Guide to Writing, which is published by W. W. Norton, the publisher of the Little Seagull Handbook, which is the paper handbook that is used in many sections of English 111 and 112. The "handbook" section of the Norton Field Guide is exactly the same as the Little Seagull, so we will use this as our primary handbook because it will be easier to search than the .PDF handbook that I posted in BBd. It also has some interactive quizzes/lessons on lots of editing, punctuation and grammar skills. I will show you how to use these resources next Tuesday. Additionally, the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) is up to date with changes in MLA and APA style guides, so we will use that for our research guide.
2] Annotated bibliographies: Analyzing the sources, easy summarizing with Speechnotes, adding the works cited entries.
- Grading criteria for annotated bibliography (4 points possible):
- 1 pt. 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.
- 1 pt. Analysis of sources: Each annotation first assesses the credibility of each source (one sentence) and then the credibility of the writer (one sentence).
- 1 pt. Content: In four to five sentences the most important content of the article is described in paraphrased summary.
- 1 pt. Editing: The annotations have few if any grammatical or punctuation errors.
3] Critical Thinking Journal #1 Dive Deep!
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/11/18:
- Finish the annotated bibliography on cell phone use
- Research and write Critical Thinking Journal #1
- Read Gettleman's ape smuggling article and the sidebar piece, "How Not to Talk to an Ape Smuggler"
In-class activities: 1] Housekeeping: Questions about the annotated bibliography, print and submit CTJ#1 2] Jump-starting the brain: Logic quiz. 3] Discuss the ape smuggling saga and Gettleman's ethical dillemma. 4] Read "What are Facts and Opinions?" Discussion questions: Do you believe that most of what we hear, read, and watch that passes off as news is reliable or is it mostly fake or too slanted to be useful? How can you determine whether the news you consume is reliable? Does it really matter?
Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/14/18:
- BBd Assignment: Analyzing an Article (availale now, due by Thursday afternoon so that it can be graded before class)
- Tavernise, Sabrina. "As Fake News Spreads Lies, More Readers Shrug at the Truth" New York Times, 6 Dec. 2016. (read and discussed in class Tues.)
- "What are Facts and Opinions?" Skillwise: English and Maths for Adults, June 2018. BBC
- 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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