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DR. LORETTA KASPER'S
ESL 91 ON THE WEB


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Dr. Loretta Kasper
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ESL 91 on the Web


ESL 91 FALL, 2005
COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6--WE HAVE CLASS TODAY

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September 12  September 19  September 26 
October 3  October 17  October 24  October 31 
November 7  November 14  November 21  November 28 
December 5 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2005

Today you will be doing a reader response exercise.
You will read one of the student essays written last semester and then write answers to a series of four questions that ask you to respond to that essay.

This exercise will help develop your awareness as a writer as you respond to writing from the point of view of the reader. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the writing in terms of how clear it was, how well organized it was, and how much information it provided to you as the reader.

To access the essay and the reader response exercise that follows it, CLICK HERE.

You will type your answers to the questions directly onto the computer screen and then submit them when you are finished.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005

Today you will create your web pages on Tripod.

  • Be sure that you have created a username and a password. Remember that your username will be part of the URL for your web page.
  • The password MUST be something that will be easy for you to remember. If you forget your password, you will not be able to edit your web page.

    Creating a Web Site on Tripod.com

    Go to http://www.tripod.lycos.com

    On Top of the page, click on "New Users Sign Up”

    Choose “Free”

    Hit “Sign Up”

    Fill out the application form. Note that at the end there are boxes which if checked will allow Tripod to send you email. If you do not want email, uncheck the boxes.

    After you submit the form, you will get a screen that says “Activate your account and start building”

    You will be taken to an instruction page—Read the instructions.

    Then you can start building your site.

    You can use the Site Builder tool.

    You can use HTML code.

    You can use MS Word—type and save the file as a web page, then upload to Tripod.

    You should create a file in MS Word, that will serve as the START (or INDEX) page of your web site. You must save this file as a WEB PAGE in order to upload it to Tripod.

    To upload your index page, go to the File Manager.

  • Your web page will contain an electronic portfolio of your writing during the semester. You should upload ALL drafts of each piece of writing that you do.

  • Next week you will create a blog and link the blog to your web page. On the blog, other students will respond to the work you have posted. You will also respond to other students' work on their blogs. You should also use the blog to post your comments about HOW you went about writing each paper--the research you did, etc. Was it easy or difficult for you to write on this topic? Be very thoughtful in your posts to the blogs.

Any questions, ask me.

Monday, September 26, 2005

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ASSIGNMENT AND THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN WORKING.

Today you will be taking two multiple choice practice reading tests. These tests come from the ACT web site. You should follow the directions on screen. READ CAREFULLY PLEASE. You MUST do all of your work on the computer screen. Please also mark your answers on a piece of paper so that you can have a record of how many you got correct on the first try.YOU MAY NOT PRINT OUT THE TESTS.

You will click on the answer that you think is correct, and the computer will take you to a page that will say either "Incorrect" or "Correct." If your answer is Incorrect, you should go back and try again. If your answer is Correct, the computer will explain why the answer is correct.

PLEASE DO NOT DO ANY OTHER TESTS ON THIS SITE. WE WILL BE WORKING ON THEM IN CLASS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS

  1. Click for TEST 1.

  2. When you are FINISHED WITH TEST 1, you may print out the answer key.

  3. Click for the ANSWER KEY to TEST 1

  4. Click for TEST 2

  5. When you are FINISHED WITH TEST 2, you may print out the answer key.

  6. Click for the Answer Key for TEST 2

  7. You may find additional information on taking and preparing for multiple choice tests like the ACT Reading Test at http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/readdescript.html
Monday, October 3, 2005

Today you will do research for your first focus discipline essay. You should find ONE or TWO resources on the Internet, print them out, and bring them to class on Thursday. Be prepared to discuss and share the information presented in your resources with your group. You will be able to use this information for your first focus discipline essay.

  • Business--
    Writing Topic: Explore the area of marketing in business. What is marketing? How have the principles of marketing changed as a result of the Internet?

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Business page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Send the URL to me in an email message.

  • Psychology--
    Writing Topic: Describe the mental disorder schizophrenia. Discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of schizophrenia. Be sure to talk about the biological bases of the disorder

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Psychology page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Send the URL to me in an email message.

  • Linguistics--
    Writing Topic: Consider Chomsky's versus Skinner's ideas on language acquisition. With which of these two scientists do you most agree? Why? What are your own thoughts on how we acquire language? Be sure to provide SPECIFIC and WELL-DEVELOPED examples from both the readings and your own experience to support your opinion.

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Linguistics page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Send the URL to me in an email message.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2005

    Today you will begin preparing for our collaborative lesson with Prof. Weiss' class.

    You will access and read several texts on the Internet. Each of these texts deals with a specific aspect of Global Warming, or The Greenhouse Effect.

    1. Go to the text "EPA Global Warming Page on Climate"--Read this text. At the end of the page there will be a link to another text. Click on the link and read that text. At the end of the second text, there will be one more link. Click on that link and read that text. You will read a total of 3 texts. You should take notes on the information provided in each text.

    2. Next, you will access the following 4 articles and complete the assignment listed below:

      The first two articles deal with The Kyoto Protocol. These articles describe and define the terms and parameters of the Kyoto Protocol and explain how this agreement addressed the effects of global warming on the citizens of the world.

      1. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/climate/climatepoliticsfaq.jsp
      2. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/climate/climatepoliticsfaq2.jsp

        Next you should read:

      3. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/climate/climatequotes.jsp--This page contains quotes including statements from the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The White House Council of Economic Advisors.

        Finally you should read:

      4. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/climate/ and http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/climate/climate.jsp?archive=true--Here you will find two pages of links to articles dealing with various aspects of the greenhouse effect. YOU SHOULD CHOOSE ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT RELATED TO GLOBAL WARMING. THEN READ, TAKE NOTES ON, AND WRITE A SUMMARY OF THE TEXT YOU HAVE CHOSEN. PROVIDE THE URL (WEB ADDRESS) OF THIS TEXT IN YOUR SUMMARY. THIS SUMMARY IS DUE ON THURSDAY. YOU WILL READ YOUR SUMMARIES IN CLASS.

      Any questions, ask me.

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ASSIGNMENT BEFORE YOU BEGIN

    Today you will continue to gather information on global warming in preparation for our collaborative lesson with Prof. Weiss' class. You will explore two different and contrasting perspectives on this issue.

    Go to the page "What's Up with the Weather?: The Debate" and do the following.

    1. Click on the link for Dr. Fred S. Singer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/debate/singer.html
    2. Read and Take Notes on the Interview with Dr. Singer.

      • What does Dr. Singer believe about global warming?
      • What does Dr. Singer believe about climate change?
      • Does Dr. Singer believe that global warming is a great threat to human beings and to our planet?
      • What specific reasons does Dr. Singer provide to support his views?
      • Based upon your own research, do you agree or disagree with Dr. Singer? Why? Be specific.

    3. Click on the link for Tom M. L. Wigley: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/debate/wigley.html
    4. Read and Take Notes on the Interview with Dr. Wigley.

      • What does Dr. Wigley believe about global warming?
      • What does Dr. Wigley believe about climate change?
      • Does Dr. Wigley believe that global warming is a great threat to human beings and to our planet?
      • What specific reasons does Dr. Wigley provide to support his views?
      • Based upon your own research, do you agree or disagree with Dr. Wigley? Why? Be specific.

    5. PLEASE BRING ALL OF YOUR PRINTOUTS AND NOTES TO OUR COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSION ON TUESDAY. BE SURE THAT YOU ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE INFORMATION SO THAT YOU CAN DISCUSS IT INTELLIGENTLY WITH PROF. WEISS' CLASS.

    Any questions, ask me.

    Monday, October 31, 2005: The Civilizing of Genie

    Click HERE for the Genie article.
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    At the end of the Genie article, you will find a link for the full transcript of the Nova video, "Secret of the Wild Child." We will watch this video in class tomorrow.

    You will do the comprehension questions for this article on Monday, October 31 in computer lab.

    After you write the answers to the questions in your notebook, you can check your answers HERE.

    Monday, November 7, 2005

    Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE YOU BEGIN WORKING

    Go to the text "The History of Psychology."

    • Note that this text is a controlled hypertext. This means that there will be links that will pop up at several points within the main text. These pop-ups will contain additional information.
    • You will read the main text, being sure to move your mouse over the links as you come to them. The hypertext will pop up in a new window. When you are finished reading the information in that window, move your mouse off of the link and go back to reading the main text.
    • As you are reading the texts, you should have your notebook open and take notes.
    • After you have finished reading the main and the hyperlinked pop-up texts, answer the 10 Comprehension Questions by typing your answer directly onto the computer screen.
    • Print out a copy of your answers for yourself
    • Submit your answers by clicking on the button that says "Submit"
    • Everything must be completed and submitted NO LATER THAN THURSDAY.

    Monday, November 14, 2005

    PRACTICE FOR THE ACT TEST AND OTHER MULTIPLE CHOICE READING TESTS

  • Click for TEST 3 Click for the Answer Key for TEST 3
  • Click for TEST 4 Click for the Answer Key for TEST 4

  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2005

    Today you will be doing two reader response exercises.
    You will read two essays and then write answers to a series of four questions for each essay.

    These exercises will serve several purposes:

    1. They will help develop your awareness as a writer as you respond to writing from the point of view of the reader. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the writing in terms of how clear each was, how well organized each was, and how much information each provided to you as the reader.
    2. They will give you some basic background on two major issues in the field of Physical Anthropology.

      To access the first reader response exercise, CLICK HERE.

      You will type your answers to the questions directly onto the computer screen and then submit them when you are finished.

      Don't forget to print out a copy of your answers for yourself.

      To access the second reader response exercise, CLICK HERE.

      You will type your answers to the questions directly onto the computer screen and then submit them when you are finished.

      Don't forget to print out a copy of your answers for yourself.

    Monday, November 28, 2005

    Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

    PLEASE DO NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT--IT IS IN YOUR BOOK

    Go to the text The Socialization of Eating Disorders which comes from your text Interdisciplinary English.


    • Read the text
    • The reading states that cultural influences play a role in the development of eating disorders. The reading discusses the influence of the mass media in encouraging women to pursue the cultural ideal of beauty.
      In several paragraphs, answer the following questions:
      • Based on this reading, what are some possible results of societal pressures regarding physical attractiveness?
      • What part do the family, the school, and the peer group play in this process?
      • How can any or all of these agents of socialization work to counteract or to reinforce the influences of the mass media?
      • Can you give some examples from other readings or your own experience to illustrate the principles described in this text?

      Bring your written answer to class tomorrow. Be prepared to discuss your answer in class.

      Any questions, ask me.

    December 5, 2005

    Today we will continue to practice for the departmental reading exam, focusing on multiple choice questions.

    Go to English R Web Site.

    Choose one or more of the links to the multiple choice tests and complete the test. Be sure to check your answers after you are finished.

    This page was last updated on November 25, 2005