FALL 2016   
Jane Thielsen, M.A.
email link: jthielsen@cocc.edu [or copy/paste into a COCC email

Office/hours: BEND--Ochoco 117  MW 2:30-3:30
                          PRINEVILLE 111 TTH: 12:00-1:00PM  
                          and by arrangement

    MW  CRN 42006 12:45pm - 02:25  GRV 0114 

     TTH  CRN 4210410:15-11:55am PRI 111   


  1. MLA class template

  2. Dictionary/Thesaurus/Encyclopedia

  3. Online Writing Lab.= OWL  writing guide/handbook 

  4. Topic Exploration Form

  5. Two-Part Response   

  6. 2-part response MLA template

  7. Basic Essay and Position Paper Guide 

  8. EasyBib-citation maker

  9. Glossary form

  10.  COCC online databases

GENERAL NOTES and supports

  1. Notes on Giving Credit

  2. Notes on Narration

  3. Notes on Story

  4. Notes on Expository

  5. Notes on Definition

  6. Notes on Description

  7. Notes on Analysis Essay

  8. Notes on Persuasion/Reasoning

  9. Notes on Argument

  10. Notes on Full Circle Writing


  1. Research COCC Library

  2. COCC Library Citing Guides

  3. Ithica College Research Guiide  

  4. EasyBib-citation maker

  5. Oregon School Library-Citing Guide-OSLIS

  6. Signal Phrases1 | Signal Phrases 2

  7. Exercise to avoid plagiarism 

  8. MLA Tutorial animation

  9. Google Scholar  

  10. Online Etymology Dictionary

  11. Wikipedia for general information only 

  12. Top Documentaries  

  13. Google list of sites for "Sayings"- title ideas

  1. Online Writing Lab.= OWL- guide to everything writing

  2. Harvard College Writing Center links

  3. UNC Writing handouts

  4. Capital C.C. grammar and exercises

  5. Capital C.C. on the verb "to be"

  6. CCC Contents for grammar

  7. Sentence Diagramming-| workbook on diagramming

  8. OWL on Verbals

  9. Verbals: Gerunds

  10. free Online College Writing text

  11. GRAMMAR BYTES--interactive Practice

  12. On Rhetoric | Rhetorical Patterns for Presenting Ideas | Key points | More about rhet. patterns

Major Graded Essay Topics and  Notes


 BASIC ESSAY Gd  | Examples for E1:

  1. Listening-essay

  2. Harden--My Old Man/Hamill/Hamill--2 short essays

  3. Dave Barry--Lost in the Kitchen--essay

  4. Ortiz-Cofer-- Rooms- essay

  5. Linda Barry--Sanctuary of School--essay

  6. Hughes--Salvation

  7. Wm. Kittredge--excerpt: WWII--essay

  8. Teresa Jordan--excerpt: the bull--essay

  9. The Ghost Army-essay

  10. The Story of an Hour --fiction

  11. The Man to Send Rain Clouds --fiction 

    Major Essay 2 - EXPLANATION

    E2= 750 wds MLA using 2-3 sources to support thesis.

    2. Notes on Explaining-E2

    3. OWL guide for Expository  essays 

    4. Elements of Expository Writing

    5. Tutorial for Exploring and Developing a Topic

    6. Topic Generator

    Some examples (but w/o MLA citing):

    1. A Definition of Pantomime, by Julian Barnes
    2. Hot Hands, by Stephen Jay Gould

    3. Process Analysis in Barry Lopez's "Migration"

    4. Jessica Mitford on the Embalmer's Art

    5. Contrast in Rybczynski's "Home"

    6. Process Analysis in Richard Selzer's "The Knife"

    7. Examples in Frank Trippett's "Loaded Words"

    8. Barbara Tuchman's Historical Narrative: The Black Death

    9. THEME FOR E2--
      STARTING Links for Information, Finding a Topic and Writing Resources

      Possible topics 1-- NW America Before 1900

      1. Introduction to the Oregon Trail

      2. National Park Service on OT

      3. Oregon Pioneers

      4. OT Map 1843

      5. AV of OT

      6. AV excerpts of OT Diaries 

      7. Oregon Historical quarterly 1901with NY Tribune re-prints of mid-1800s Oregon

      8. The Oregon Trail--Parkman (whole book)

Possible topics 2--First Peoples--Oregon and Beyond


  1. Historical Information on Indians Tribes in Oregon

  2. Oregon Encyclopedia re: Indians in Oregon

  3. NW Indian fisheries

  4. Modoc/Klamath and links to NW tribes

  5. AV--Wisdom of the Elders

  6. AV-- WisdomKeepers

  7. The Lushootseed Peoples of Puget Sound Country stories/traditions

  8. Coyote spreads Salmon--Tale

Possible topics 3-- Oregon Lifestyle Issues, Landscape and Pre-history

  1. Issues in Oregon lifestyle--OSU
  2. Wild Horses in Oregon | Range management issues
  3. Missoula Floods

  4. The Land We See

  5. USGS on Oregon Volcanos

  6. Current Cascade Earth Changes

Possible topics 4--General History/Multi-cultural Issues

  1. Oregon Encyclopedia Project
  2. Peoples of Oregon & Racism

  3. The Klan in Oregon

  4. Oregon Blue Book Multi-cultural History

  5.  Oregon Range Wars

Major Essay 3 -
ASSIGNMENT FOR E3 : Choose a controversial issue (or another focus from E2 choices) on which to take a position AND use 2-3 sources to support--750-900 wds
  1. Topic Generator-interactive
  2.  Good paper topics |

  3.  ProCon issues |

  4. even more topics

  5. Top Documentaries|

  6. Online Documentaries | (all free) to suggest topics, demonstrate theme, explanation, example and authoritative evidence.

  7. To Model Documented Position Papers

  8. Basics of CounterArgument

All materials developed by Jane Thielsen copyright 2014 : other materials available under Fair Use guidelines for students in this course only: all rights reserved