R. Dollieslager's English 112
Weekly Schedule, Spring 2018
Thomas Nelson Community College

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English 112 course syllabus

Class Video Resources
Class Internet Resources
Summer Class Schedule

Avoiding plagiarism by citing sources:

  1. Avoiding plagiarism and using MLA documentation style (16 min.)
  2. What do I need to cite? (1 min.)
  3. Plagiarism: You can't just change a few words! (1 min.)
  4. Quoting and paraphrasing (3 min.)
  5. Citing without quoting (3 min.)
  6. Citing websites (2 min.)
  7. Punctuating in-text citations (3 min)
  8. How to cite a Youtube video.
Traditional Argument Handouts/Sites





  • 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.

Week One

Tuesday, 6/5/18

In-class activities: 1] Introductions and review syllabus, course policies, overview of course.

Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/7/18:

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.

3] Critical Thinking Journal #1 Dive Deep!

Homework assignment for Tuesday, 6/11/18:

Week Two

Tuesday, 6/12/18

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:

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