ENG 121

Course Description

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

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Remote Learning-5/11

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To write the final draft of the research-based argumentative essay

Assignment:

Finish writing your research-based argumentative essay final draft.

Use the resources in D2L to help improve your areas of weakness. Remember there are resources on conclusions, counterclaims, topic sentences, MLA format, and thesis statements. I’m also happy to answer any more specific questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to ask!

When finished, submit via the assignment folder (“Research-Based Argumentative Final Draft in D2L by 9 p.m. this evening (5/11). Put yourself in a position to succeed and make sure you turn it in on time!

Homework:

Keep writing and have a good summer!

Today’s terrible joke:

What do horses say when they fall?

I can’t giddy up.

Update on Grades

Argumentative Essay Final Draft
Grades are posted! I prioritized these because you're building on them in your second and final drafts for the research-based argumentative essay. Make sure to look at the comments in Infinite Campus to break down your grade. I (idea) is the strength of your argument. E (execution) is how well you meet the standards of academic English (punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc). 
 
Research-Based Argumentative Essay Second Draft
I will do my best to have these completed by the end of the day tomorrow. I'll mostly be looking at what's changed from the argumentative essay final draft. Due to the hectic nature of the end of the semester, I will not be able to offer feedback beyond a grade on these. If you'd like, we can "meet" during office hours to discuss your draft.
 
Research-Based Argumentative Essay Final Draft
To give everyone a little more time, I moved the deadline to Monday evening at 9 p.m. Grades are due on Thursday, which only gives me three days to grade 100 essays. That means I will not be able to offer line-by-line feedback on the finals unless specifically requested. I'll post a link to the website on Tuesday for those interested in receiving a Trifix on the final draft. If you do request one, it likely won't be posted until Friday. 

Remote Learning-5/8

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To write the final draft of the research-based argumentative essay

Assignment:

Continue writing your research-based argumentative essay final draft.

Review the attached guideline sheet to make sure you’ve met all the requirements (no personal pronouns, at least four, unique sources, MLA format, etc.)

Use the resources in D2L to help improve your areas of weakness. Remember there are resources on conclusions, counterclaims, topic sentences, MLA format, and thesis statements. I’m also happy to answer any more specific questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to ask!

When finished, submit via the assignment folder (“Research-Based Argumentative Essay Work Day”) in D2L by 9 p.m. this evening (5/8). You DO NOT need to highlight your progress: you’ll earn full credit for submitting on the honor system 😊.

Homework:

Write your final draft. You will submit the final draft by nine p.m. via D2L on Monday, 5/11.

Today’s terrible joke:

When is a door not a door?

When it’s ajar.

Remote Learning-5/6

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To conduct a peer review

Assignment:

You should have already connected with your partner from the last peer review via email or Teams (see Monday’s homework). If you cannot connect with your peer, use your class channel on Microsoft Teams to connect with another student in need of a partner (see links in the assignment folder in D2L). If that does not work, please contact me via email or Teams, and I will connect you with a partner.

Steps to complete the peer review:

  1. Login into D2L and go to assignments.
  2. Download the peer review file (“Peer Review Worksheet for Research-Based Argumentative Essay”) from the Research-Based Argumentative Essay Peer Review assignment folder.
  3. Read your peer's essay closely. You do not need to add comments or annotate, but you may if you'd like.
  4. Fill out the peer review sheet digitally. Make sure you answer ALL questions FULLY.
  5. Send the completed peer review sheet to your peer.
  6. Submit the completed peer review by 9 PM this evening (5/6) to the Research-Based Argumentative Essay Peer Review folder.

Homework: Write your final draft. You will submit the final draft by nine p.m. via D2L on Monday, 5/11.

Today’s terrible joke:

Why does a chicken coop only have two doors?

If it had four doors it would be called a chicken sedan.

Live Check Ins Wednesday, 5/6

I'm hosting a 20 minute check in via Microsoft Teams for the first part of your regularly scheduled class on Wednesday, 5/6 (see below for schedule). This will be a time for you to ask questions about the research-based argumentative essay and generally touch base. Look for the invite in Teams to join. I plan on showing my wonderful face, but you are not required to. 

Times:

1st period: 7:50-8:10 a.m.

2nd periods: 8:50-9:10 a.m.

3rd period: 9:50-10:10 a.m.

4th period: 10:50-11:10 a.m.

This is NOT required in any way, shape, or form. For those who cannot make it at the appointed time, I will record the sessions and post them to D2L or Teams.

You’re also welcome to schedule a one-on-one session with me. Remember: my office hours are from 1-3 p.m. each day. If those times don’t work for you, send me an email, and we’ll figure out another time. The headline is: I want to help! Let me know how I can best support you. "See" you then!

Remote Learning-5/4

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To finish the second draft of the research-based argumentative essay

Assignment:

Finish writing your research-based argumentative essay second draft.

I wanted to make you aware of two common MLA format issues that you might need to navigate: indirect quotes (when you quote a source within a source) and block quotes (quotes longer than four, full lines of text). Please read the passages in the document attached to the assignment folder and let me know if you have any questions.

You can also find the resources on Purdue OWL:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_in_text_citations_the_basics.html

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_quotations.html

Additionally, use the resources in D2L under Course Materials-Content to help improve your areas of weakness. Remember there are resources on conclusions, counterclaims, topic sentences, MLA format, and thesis statements.  I’m also happy to answer any specific questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to ask!

When finished, submit via the assignment folder (“Research-Based Argumentative Essay Second Draft”) in D2L by 9 p.m. this evening (5/4).

Homework:

CONNECT WITH A PARTNER FOR WEDNESDAY’s PEER REVIEW. There should be no doubling up. If you’re changing partners, communicate with your former partner. When you’ve paired up, one of the partners MUST email me to let me know by 9 p.m. on Tuesday. If I don’t receive this email, you will LOSE POINTS on the peer review. Use the Teams chat to connect with students if you’re having trouble contacting your partner. AFTER you’ve tried Teams, send me your paper as an email attachment by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and I will do my best to connect you with a partner.

To reiterate: you must find a partner, swap papers, and send me an email by 9p.m. on TUESDAY to receive full credit for the assignment.

I’m counting on you to actively seek out a partner and to not leave anyone hanging. We didn’t do so well the last time around…

Write your final draft. You will submit the final draft by nine p.m. via D2L on Monday, 5/11.

Today’s terrible joke:

Why do seagulls fly over the sea?

If they flew over the bay, they would be bagels.

Remote Learning-5/1

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To incorporate sources into the essay and practice completing a Works Cited

Assignment:

Follow along and listen to the recordings for the chapter 21 PowerPoint.

***You will need to DOWNLOAD the file to access the narration.***

You can find the PowerPoint in the assignment folder and in D2L under Course Materials—Content—Argumentative Essay—Chapter 21 with Lecture Narration. Unfortunately, I cannot upload to Teams because the file is too large.

Depending on which program you use to open the PowerPoint, accessing the narration will look a little different. Please try Googling PowerPoint narration or Google Slides narration if you encounter any problems. Also, try opening it in OneDrive or PowerPoint online. If you still can’t access the narration, send me an email.

You DO NOT need to take notes unless you want to be able to refer to them later. You can pause the narration or go back to a slide to catch things you might have missed, but I did my best to speak reasonably slowly. You may also choose to revisit the chapter in the textbook for more information. For those of you who don’t have a book, I’ve uploaded a file with pictures of each page in Course Materials—Content—Research-Based Argumentative Essay—Ch 21 Photos of Textbook Pages

For more information on incorporating sources into your argument, visit the “The Quote Sandwich” article. Course Materials—Content—Research-Based Argumentative Essay—The Quote Sandwich

When you’ve finished the PowerPoint and “The Quote Sandwich” article, open a document titled “Incorporating Sources and Works Cited.” In the document, write an attributive tag for each of the quotes/facts/statistics you will use in each of your body paragraphs (including your counterclaim). Please include the quote/fact/statistic after your attributive tag. You need to have at least four unique sources in your essay. Additionally, include the correct citation for each of your sources in a mockup of your Works Cited Page. There is a sample Works Cited page in Course Materials—Content—Research-Based Argumentative Essay—Sample Works Cited (it’s at the bottom, so you’ll need to scroll down) You can copy-paste the sample to get the correct hanging indent if you are unsure how to complete it.

You may also want to refer to Purdue OWL’s site: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_works_cited_page_basic_format.html

Homework: Refine your essay and incorporate sources into your paper.

***This may seem a little confusing, but I outlined it in the PowerPoint narration as well. Let me know if you have any questions***

Because you’ve already written a paper on this topic, you will not have a rough/first draft for the research-based argumentative essay. You will start with the second draft.

The second draft will be due at 9 p.m. on Monday, 5/4 and will be Monday’s daily assignment.

Today’s terrible joke:

What kind of music do mummies listen to?

Wrap music.

Remote Learning-4/29

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To evaluate sources

Assignment:

Follow along and listen to the recordings for the chapter 20 PowerPoint.

***You will need to DOWNLOAD the file to access the narration.***

You can find the PowerPoint in D2L under Course Materials—Content—Argumentative Essay—Chapter 20 with Lecture Narration. I will also upload the PowerPoint to each period’s Teams channel in case that’s easier.

Depending on which program you use to open the PowerPoint, accessing the narration will look a little different. Please try Googling PowerPoint narration or Google Slides narration if you encounter any problems. If you still can’t access the narration, send me an email.

You DO NOT need to take notes unless you want to be able to refer to them later. You can pause the narration or go back to a slide to catch things you might have missed, but I did my best to speak reasonably slowly. You may also choose to revisit the chapter in the textbook for more information. For those of you who don’t have a book, I’ve uploaded a file with pictures of each page in Course Materials—Content—Research-Based Argumentative Essay—Ch 20 Photos of Textbook Pages

When you’ve finished listening to the PowerPoint, list the titles of the five sources you found in a document titled “Evaluating Sources.” Underneath each title, evaluate the source using RCAD (see PowerPoint for details). Also, discuss why you will or will not include the source in your paper. Repeat the process for each of the remaining the sources.

Upload your document to the “Evaluating Sources” assignment folder in D2L by 9 p.m.

Homework: Continue researching for the research-based argumentative essay. For Friday’s activity you will need at least four excellent sources to incorporate into your essay (one for each body paragraph including your counterclaim). If you’ve found at least four excellent sources, begin incorporating them into your paper. You can get a head start on Friday’s lesson by visiting chapter 21: Incorporating Sources.

Today’s terrible joke:

Why wouldn’t the poppy seed leave the casino?

He was on a roll.

*CANCELLED* Live Check Ins on Wednesday, 4/29

Hi, everyone,
Unfortunately, I have to cancel today's live check ins due to internet issues. If you have questions, feel free to email me, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I'm hoping to have everything sorted by office hours today, but I'll keep you updated. 
 
Best,
Professor Sanchez

Remote Learning-4/27

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To explore research practices and begin researching

Assignment:

Follow along and listen to the recordings for the chapter 19 PowerPoint.

You can find the PowerPoint in D2L under Course Materials—Content—Argumentative Essay—Chapter 19 with Lecture Narration. I will also upload the PowerPoint to each period’s Teams channel in case that’s easier.

***You will need to DOWNLOAD the file to access the narration.***

Depending on which program you use to open the PowerPoint, accessing the narration will look a little different. Please try Googling PowerPoint narration or Google Slides narration if you encounter any problems. If you still can’t access the narration, send me an email.

You DO NOT need to take notes unless you want to be able to refer to them later. You can pause the narration or go back to a slide to catch things you might have missed, but I did my best to speak reasonably slowly. You may also choose to revisit the chapter in the textbook for more information. For those of you who don’t have a book, I’ve uploaded a file with pictures of each page in Course Materials—Content—Research-Based Argumentative Essay—Ch 19 Photos of Textbook Pages

When you’ve finished taking notes on the PowerPoint, please view the following video on research practices.

You can find the video in D2L under Course Materials—Content—Argumentative Essay—Research Practices. I will also upload the video to each period’s Teams channel in case that’s easier.

Library Resource Links:

https://www.frontrange.edu/campuses/libraries/online-resources

https://read.poudrelibraries.org/research/eresources.cfm?fltr=all

To receive credit for today’s assignment, begin researching using the library resources. In a document titled “Research Plan,” explain how you will tackle research in at least a paragraph. Discuss the types of sources you will seek and how you specifically intend to use them in your essay. You may also choose to include specific sources that you think might be useful.

Upload your plan to the assignment folder entitled “Research Plan” in D2L by 9 p.m.

Homework: Using the library sources we covered today, begin researching for your essay.  For Wednesday’s activity you will need five potential sources. You will need these for the topic workshop on Wednesday.

Today’s terrible joke:

Why don’t melons get married?

Because they cantaloupe!

Remote Learning-4/24

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To review feedback from the peer review and continue writing the final draft of the argumentative essay

Assignment:

If you haven’t already, closely review your peer review feedback. If appropriate, make improvements based on your partner’s feedback.

Continue writing and editing your argumentative essay final draft. Please highlight any new additions or edited passages to receive credit for this assignment.

When finished, submit via the assignment folder (“Argumentative Essay Final Draft Progress”) in D2L by 9 p.m. this evening (4/22).

Homework: Complete and edit the final draft. The final draft is due via D2L by 9 p.m. on Sunday, 4/26. Please reach out to me with any questions.

Today’s terrible joke:

(Stolen from one of your classmates!)

What concert costs just 45 cents?

50 Cent featuring Nickelback!

Remote Learning-4/22

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To conduct a peer review

Assignment:

You should have already connected with your partner from the last peer review via email or Teams (see Monday’s homework). If you cannot connect with your peer, use your class channel on Microsoft Teams to connect with another student in need of a partner (see links in the assignment folder in D2L). If that does not work, please contact me via email or Teams, and I will connect you with a partner.

Steps to complete the peer review:

  1. Login into D2L and go to assignments.
  2. Download the peer review file (“Peer Review Worksheet for Argumentative Essay”) from the Argumentative Essay Peer Review 2 assignment folder.
  3. Read your peer's essay closely. You do not need to add comments or annotate, but you may if you'd like.
  4. Fill out the peer review sheet digitally. Make sure you answer ALL questions.
  5. Send the completed peer review sheet to your peer.
  6. Submit the completed peer review by 9 PM this evening (4/22) to the Argumentative Essay Peer Review 2 folder.

Homework: Write your final draft. You will submit the final draft by nine p.m. via D2L on Sunday, 4/26.

Today’s terrible joke:

What do you do when a chemist dies?

You Barium!

Live Check Ins on Wednesday, 4/22

I'm hosting a 20-30 minute check in via Microsoft Teams for the first part of your regularly scheduled class on Wednesday, 4/22 (see below for schedule). This will be a time for you to ask questions about the argumentative essay and generally touch base. Look for the invite in Teams to join. I plan on showing my wonderful face, but you are not required to. 

Times:

1st period: 7:50-8:20 a.m.

2nd periods: 8:50-9:20 a.m.

3rd period: 9:50-10:20 a.m.

4th period: 10:50-11:20 a.m.

This is NOT required in any way, shape, or form. For those who cannot make it at the appointed time, I will record the sessions and post them to D2L or Teams.

You’re also welcome to schedule a one-on-one session with me. Remember: my office hours are from 1-3 p.m. each day. If those times don’t work for you, send me an email, and we’ll figure out another time. The headline is: I want to help! Let me know how I can best support you. "See" you then!

Remote Learning-4/20

Here's what you need to complete by 9 PM this evening. If you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! I’m available from 1-3 p.m. for virtual office hours through Teams. We can chat or set up a call to address any questions you have about today’s assignment or homework. You’re always welcome to contact me outside of those times as well 😊.

Objective: To improve the conclusion of your essay

Assignment:

Read the Ursinus College Center for Writing and Speaking article (https://www.ursinus.edu/live/files/1173-writing-an-effective-conclusionpdf) on conclusions closely. Copy-paste your current conclusion into a document entitled “Conclusion Workshop.” Using the information you learned, improve your conclusion underneath your original conclusion.

When finished, submit via the assignment folder (“Conclusion Workshop”) in D2L by 9 p.m. this evening (4/20).

Homework: Connect with your partner from the last peer review via email. By 9 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/21, you will need to swap your draft with your partner for Wednesday’s peer review activity. If you cannot connect with your peer, first use your class channel on Microsoft Teams to connect with another student (see links in the assignment folder in D2L). If that does not work, please contact me via email or Teams, and I will connect you with a partner. Most of us navigated this process well last week. If you had difficulties, please get an early start.

Write your final draft. You will submit the final draft by nine p.m. via D2L on Sunday, 4/26.

Today’s terrible joke:

What do you call a fake noodle?

An impasta!