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Professors as Facilitators: Utilizing your Textbook


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The session demonstrated a student-centered way to use a textbook regardless of the subject matter. Participants received information about projects titled “Chapter Summary PowerPoint Project” and “Online Textbook Quizzes.” Participants then learned that the chapter summary assignment involved the students presenting their summaries to classmates. Participants were shown sample student PowerPoints and learned that the online text quizzes were centered on instructor chosen topics. Students then constructed their own questions with accompanying answers using their textbooks to complete this activity. The third use of the textbook involved distributing a sample copy of a paper and then having the students use their textbook to label the parts of the paper. Participants were given copies of the assignments for adaptation to suit their courses.

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Professors as Facilitators: Utilizing your Textbook

  1. 1. Jan Stephanson Adjunct instructor College of Southern Maryland AFACCT ‘18 Conference Anne Arundel Community College Jan. 12, Session 6:12 10:00 a.m.
  2. 2.  What is a way to keep students engaged with the text? I wanted to have students use it more than just for reading assignments!  After looking at various student centered strategies I made a compilation of ones that would work best for my classes.
  3. 3.  English 1010 Chapter Summary Assignment  Prepare a brief PowerPoint to highlight and illustrate the key points in your assigned chapter.  Include 7-10 frames with visuals. (photos, google images, clipart, etc.)  The title (first) frame should include your name, my name, date, section, and the name of the chapter.  Example: Chapter 1: Argument; An Introduction  Present the PowerPoint to the class.   ***Be sure to go through the chapter and list the important details. Look for the section headings that are highlighted in blue. Then make a brief listing of the important things to include in the PowerPoint.  Before starting your PowerPoint, find and view relevant YouTube videos and materials that I have posted that correspond to the chapter that you are researching. If you can- cite and use excerpts from the material. However make sure you have included main points from the chapter that you read.  **The general categories to focus on in each chapter are:   Chapter 1: What is an Argument?  Chapter 2: How to read and analyze an argument?  Chapter 3: What are the key elements of an argument? What is the basic structure?  Chapter 4: What is a claim, reason, evidence, assumption? What is the Toulmin system of argument?  Chapter 5: What is evidence? Examples?
  4. 4.  Chapter 6: Explain the appeals of argument: ethos, pathos, logos, kairos. What are grounds, warrant, enthymemes?  Chapter 7: How do you respond to objections in your argument?  Chapter 8: What is rhetorical analysis of a text? What are some questions to ask?  Chapter 9: What is a visual argument? Types?  Chapter 10: What are the different types of argument claims?  Chapter 11: What is a definition argument? The parts?  Chapter 12: What is a causal argument? Terms to use in a causal argument?  Chapter 13: What are evaluation arguments? What are the necessary ingredients?  Chapter 14: What is a proposal argument? Its features?  Chapter 15: Kinds of resources to use for papers  Chapter 16: How to incorporate sources into your argument  Chapter 17: Citing and Documenting sources
  5. 5.  Textbook quizzes that students create themselves- (with my pre-planned input)  These quizzes are posted on myLearning and assigned periodically.
  6. 6. Textbook Quizzes
  7. 7.  The text quizzes are designed to have students go through the chapter noting the highlights and then create questions and answers for the topics. I have listed the topics on the PowerPoint. Students can then work on the quizzes in or outside of class. Students can also work individually or with a partner so it is a flexible assignment.
  8. 8.  Chapters 1-2  1.Write 3 questions with your own answers based on the following topics from the chapters: A. Arguments B. Critical reading C. Finding topics
  9. 9.  Write 1 question with your own answer for each of the following topics::  1. Classic argument  2. Reasons  3. Argument structure  4. The Toulmin system
  10. 10.  I have utilized the text by formulating several student centered assignments:  1. Chapter Summary Powerpoint Projects  2. Textbook Quizzes (student generated)  3. Labeling of an MLA paper (using the text)
  11. 11.  If you’d like a copy of my textbook quizzes PowerPoint, please email me at:   Please take a paper copy of instructions for the Chapter summary assignment.  Thank you for attending my presentation and I hope the information will be useful!!