ENGLISH 24 ASSIGNMENTS

COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS

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September 13  September 20  September 27 
October 11  October 18  October 25  October 27 
November 1--Midterm Exam Citation Format Question  November 8  November 15  November 22  November 29 
December 6--Final Exam Citation Format Question

September 13

EVALUATING WEB SITES

It is important to be critical of information resources, especially those you find on the Internet. Knowing how to tell the difference between a web site that presents reliable information and one that presents someone's opinion can save you time and energy in the research process.

Today you will practice evaluating web sites.

You will access and evaluate 3 different web sites on the same subject. Please note that each web site will open in a new window, so that you can compare/contrast the content of each.

  1. Read the Evaluation Criteria chart online at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/search.html#eval

  2. Evaluate EACH of the 3 web sites according to the EACH OF THE 5 criteria listed in the chart. Be sure that your evaluation is complete and clear. Be sure to cover each of the criteria separately for each web site. Indicate which of the three web sites you believe is most reliable and worthwhile, and tell me why. Then indicate which of the three you believe might be least useful, and tell me why.
  3. Evaluate EACH of the 3 web sites according to the EACH OF THE 5 criteria listed in the chart. Be sure that your evaluation is complete and clear. Be sure to cover each of the criteria separately for each web site. Indicate which of the three web sites you believe is most reliable and worthwhile, and explain why. Then indicate which of the three you believe might be least useful, and explain why.
  4. Bring your answers to our next class

September 20, 2005

  1. Read Stanley Milgram's "The Dilemma of Obedience"
  2. Answer the seven questions that follow the article by typing your answers into Microsoft Word. Don't forget to type your name and class at the top of the page.
  3. You should bring your typed answers to class on Thursday.

September 27, 2005

Today you will begin collecting background on the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany. This will help you to understand the events depicted in the novel, Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.

We will work with resources from The History Channel. The links are provided below.

Read Resource #1 and Resource #2 first. Then go to Resource #3 and answer 3 of the questions linked to Resource #3:

  1. The Rise of Fascism in Germany: Overview--from The History Channel, this page provides a detailed overview of the rise of Hitler and the Weimar Republic
  2. A Timeline for the Rise of Fascism in Germany
  3. The Rise of Fascism in Germany: Sources--sets up situations with links to QUESTIONS.

    YOU SHOULD CHOOSE 3 OF THESE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER. PLEASE TYPE YOUR ANSWERS AND BRING THEM TO CLASS ON THURSDAY.


For those of you who want to do further research on this topic, here are some additional resources on the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis:

October 11, 2005

Today you will gather background on Carol Gilligan and her mentor, Lawrence Kohlberg in preparation for writing a comparison/contrast essay on their theories of moral development.

The comparison/contrast essay should be three double-spaced typed pages. The essay is due on Monday, October 17.

You should read and take notes on the following texts:

  1. Chapter 5: Socialization--Chapter Overview from the text, Sociology by John Macionis contains good background on Kohlberg, Gilligan, and other developmental theorists.

  2. Men and Women: Justice and Compassion

  3. Gilligan's In a Different Voice with Reading Questions

  4. Ecological Identification, Friendship, and Moral Development: Justice and Care as Complementary Dimensions of Morality by Dale T. Snauwaert of Adelphi University.

    You should pay especially careful attention to the sections on Kohlberg and Gilligan in each of the above texts.

    As you read these texts, open Microsoft Word and take careful notes on the individual theories put forth by Kohlberg and Gilligan, as well as on the similarities and differences between their theories. Be sure to save the notes that you take today onto your floppy disk. You should also print out a copy for yourself before you leave lab today.

    Your essay will be a Comparison/Contrast of Kohlberg's and Gilligan's theories. In your essay, you should describe each of the theories, comparing their similarities and noting their differences. Then you should evaluate each of these theories, providing your opinion of which of the two theories you believe best describes how individuals develop their moral beliefs. You should support your opinion with specific facts and examples from the research you have done.

    If you have any questions or if you run into any problems, ask or email me.

October 18, 2005

MLA Citation Format

  • You will begin with A Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation

  • You will go step-by-step through the following sections of the Guide and then complete the two online assignments at the end of this week's lesson. You should have both parts completed and submitted via the online forms by THURSDAY:

    1. A Statement on Plagiarism
      This section explains in detail WHY you must carefully document all of the sources you use to prepare your research project. It defines plagiarism and describes the penalties for it. The bottom line is IF YOU WANT TO GET A PASSING GRADE ON YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT AND IN THIS COURSE, DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!

    2. Parenthetical Documentation
    3. MLA Documentation: Citations in Text: The articles in this section teach you how to document your sources within the BODY of the text of your research paper.

    NOW COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ONLINE EXERCISE

  • English 24 Parenthetical Documentation Exercise
  • Next you will look at each of the following online resources:

    1. Preparing a Works Cited Section
      This section teaches you how to gather the information you will need to document your sources so that you can cite them appropriately in the Works Cited page

    2. A Sample Works Cited Page
      This section provides you with a section of an actual typed Works Cited page, and it also provides you with examples of actual citations. You can use this examples as models and plug in the appropriate information for your own resources

    3. Types of Resources
      Go to the link "Citing Sources." Mouseover to the right for an extensive list of many different types of resources, including books, articles in a book, periodicals, films, and many more. If you click on the name of the resource, it takes you to a page with explanation and examples.

    4. NOW COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ONLINE EXERCISE:
      English 24 Citation Exercise
October 25, 2005

Today you will research some of the issues depicted in the novel, Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. You will focus specifically on the moral dilemmas faced by the characters:

As Nazism encroaches on Burgdorf, Hegi's characters are confronted with moral dilemmas that go far beyond their ordinary experience.

Guiding Questions:

  1. What are the different ways in which the townspeople react?
  2. What reasons does Hegi suggest for their varying emotions and actions?
  3. What do you think you might have done differently in their place?

Go to the SEARCH ENGINES page of our web site.

Research Daniel Jonah Goldhagen and his book, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

  1. According to Goldhagen, what were some of the factors that led ordinary Germans to make the "moral" decisions that they did?
  2. How would Goldhagen explain the reactions of the ordinary Germans in Hegi's novel?

    Type your answers to the FIVE questions listed above into Microsoft Word, and save them onto your floppy disk.

    You will hand in your answers on Monday, October 31.

    Again the questions that you need to answer are:

    1. What are the different ways in which the townspeople react?
    2. What reasons does Hegi suggest for their varying emotions and actions?
    3. What do you think you might have done differently in their place?
    4. According to Goldhagen, what were some of the factors that led ordinary Germans to make the "moral" decisions that they did?
    5. How would Goldhagen explain the reactions of the ordinary Germans in Hegi's novel?

      If you have any questions, ask me.

October 27, 2005

Writing an Introduction

FIRST, you should read the following articles, which discuss how to write an effective essay Introduction:

  1. The First Draft: Writing an introduction-from the Purdue OWL
  2. Introductions and Conclusions--from The Writing Center
  3. The Structure Of An Introduction from The UVic Writer's Guide
  4. Sample Introductions from The Writing Center

SECOND, YOU WILL COMPLETE AN ONLINE EXERCISE THAT WILL ASK YOU TO READ AND EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF SEVERAL INTRODUCTIONS.

THIS PART IS TO BE DONE ON THE COMPUTER AND SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28.
To access the exercise, click on this link:

http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/introductionexercisesp05.html
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November 1, 2005

Citation Format Question of Midterm Exam
Please complete the question, located at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/midtermcitationfall05.html

Remember that this citation question is worth 20 points of your Midterm Exam. You may use your notes, any handouts you have and the web sites linked to our page.
REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE SPACE PROVIDED. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS UNTIL YOU HAVE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE FORM

November 8, 2005

This lab has three parts. The first part teaches you how to develop the body of your essay, citing your sources parenthetically. The second part teaches you how to write an effective conclusion and how to prepare a works cited list. The third part provides you with links to relevant articles that you may use to write an essay on the historical background of the book, Stones from the River.

Read each of the linked articles in both parts of the lesson. Be sure that you understand the information provided in these articles. You will be asked to apply the information you've learned here, along with the previous lab you did on introductions, in several upcoming in class essay assignments that you will be completing over the next several weeks.

BODY PARAGRAPHS

Begin by reading the following texts. They are subdivided into sections:

  1. Outline
  2. The Structure of the Outline
  3. The Body of the Essay
  4. Methods Of Organizing Your Essay
  5. Evidence
  6. Logic and Argument
  7. Audience and Tone
  8. Paragraph Unity
  9. Everything you ever wanted to know about Paragraphs
  10. Parenthetical Documentation--Please review this section CAREFULLY

WRITING A CONCLUSION AND PREPARING THE WORKS CITED LIST

Read the following texts:

  1. Strategies for Writing a Conclusion
  2. Conclusions
  3. Ending the Essay: Conclusions
  4. Writing a Conclusion
  5. Preparing a Works Cited Section
  6. A Sample Works Cited Page
  7. Format for the Research Paper.

  8. Now access the sites linked below and prepare a works cited list that you might use for an essay on the historical background, specifically the events of 1933, presented in the novel Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

    You will be writing this essay in class on Thursday

November 15, 2005

Today you will gather information on Hitler's childhood. You will use this information to write an in class essay next Monday, November 21.

You will find a number of different web sites on our web page at Hitler's Childhood

Be sure to print out any articles that you want to use for your essay.

November 22, 2005

Today you will gather information on the Hitler Youth. You will use this information, along with the events and characters described in Stones from the River, to write an essay focusing on Helmut Eberhardt.

Here are some links to get you started. You can search for additional information on Vivisimo.

  • The Hitler Youth from the History Place web site.--Be sure to follow each of the links provided on this page.

  • Hitler Youth Speakers--this essay was published in the Nazi monthly for propagandists. The author, Erich Fehlberg, is identified as an official in the Hitler Youth national office. The essay outlines the Hitler Youth speaker system.

  • The Hitler Youth

  • Hitler Youth

  • Hitler Youth
November 29, 2005

Today you will complete an exercise that will help you review citation format in preparation for next week's final exam question.

  • Preparing a Works Cited Section
    This section teaches you how to gather the information you will need to document your sources so that you can cite them appropriately in the Works Cited page

  • A Sample Works Cited Page
    This section provides you with a section of an actual typed Works Cited page, and it also provides you with examples of actual citations. You can use this examples as models and plug in the appropriate information for your own resources

  • Types of Resources
    Go to the link "Citing Sources." Mouseover to the right for an extensive list of many different types of resources, including books, articles in a book, periodicals, films, and many more. If you click on the name of the resource, it takes you to a page with explanation and examples.

  • ASSIGNMENT: Type up, bring to class on Thursday and be prepared to discuss the correct citation for the following six types of resources:
    1. A book
    2. A periodical (i.e., a magazine or newspaper article)
    3. An online resource
    4. An electronic media resource (i.e., a film, a CD-ROM, a CD recording)
    5. A radio or TV broadcast
    6. An interview
December 6, 2005

FINAL EXAM

You may access the final exam question at http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/fall05finalexam.html

GOOD LUCK!

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