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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.
In-class activities: 1] Discuss readings in "Tracking the Truth" section of class resources box related to creation of essay #1
Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/21/18:
Thursday, 6/21/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss the assigned readings and the persuasive/arugumentative appeals. 2] Begin drafting essay #1 per the detailed instructions posted in BBd.
Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/26/18:
- Compose, complete and post essay #1 per the instructions in BBd.
In-class activities: 1] Peer review Essay #1 per the grading rubric and the instructions posted in BBd. 2] Revise, edit, and perfect your essay to submit before the end of class.
Homework assignment for Thursday, 6/28/18:
Thursday, 6/28/18 In-class activities:
Homework assignment for Tuesday, 7/3/18:
In-class activities: 1] Discuss drafting the Hughes essay 2] Discuss/begin webfolio project using Google Sites or Wix.com
- A Google Sites Eng. 112 project page. (Note, you may need to be logged in to "MyTNCC" to access some of these project pages.)
- Google Sites Webfolios from Fall 2017 Eng. 111 classes. (Again, you my need to be logged in to "MyTNCC" to access some of these webfolios.)
- Wix.com sites, examples from Spring 2016 Eng. 111:
Homework assignment for Thursday, 7/12/18
Thursday 7/12/18 In-class activities: 1] Discuss and workshop on Hughes essays. 2] Webfolio development workshop: Start your home page. Home page will include the following: briefly introduce yourself, tell the purpose of the website, at least one image of yourself or yourself and others or an image which represents you in some way relevant to the purpose of the webfolio (no Dallas Cowboy or Philadelphia Eagles logos!!); links to the class webpage, TNCC webpage, the college you will transfer to if you know what that ill be, your place of work if you have one, maybe some of your favorite sites?
In-class activities: Discuss revisions to Hughes essays, development of Webfolio of Revisions and development/progress on Rogerian argument essay
In-class activities: Workshops on Webfolio of Revisions, revising/editing marked and returned papers, researching/drafting Rogerian argument essays.
Webfolios of Revisions, Summer 2018 Index.
Webfolio of Revisions
Week Eight--Final Class
In-class activities: 1] Self-Assessment paper on use of assistive technologies 2] Webfolio evaluations/mini-conferences 3] Webfolio completion, final grading
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
- SafeAssign plagiarism checker in BlackBoard
Self-Assessment paper on use of assistive technologies--instructions (4 points):
- Paragraph 1: Overview of assistive technologies we used. In two to three sentences, describe what each of the above five assistive technologies is and how each functions.
- Paragraph 2: Audio text generation and editing. Describe your experiences using Speechnotes and assess the value of this app in helping you to generate text, giving specific examples of how/when you used it. Describe your use of MS Speak and assess the quality of the output and the value to you in using this feature for editing your work with specific examples from your experience with it. Would you recommend these two apps for use? Why or why not?
- Paragraph 3: Grammar, style, and plagiarism checkers. Did you find Word's spelling and grammar check functions useful? Support with examples. How does Grammarly compare with Word for spelling and grammar checking? How is it different? Is one better than the other? Describe your experiences with PaperRater as a grammar and spelling checker, as a style checker, and as a plagiarism checker. How does it compare to Word and Grammarly? Describe how useful SafeAssign was for you. How does it compare to PaperRater?
- Conclusion: Would you recommend, or have you recommended, use of the above assistive technologies or others such as these to other writers? Have you used any other assistive writing development or editing technologies that you found useful or that you would recommend to others?
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