In Reading 0950 Online, we have three areas of regular homework:  the textbook chapters and other readings, vocabulary, and three projects.  Be sure you know what is due when.  This explains HOW to do them, but check the weekly map for each week's details on what to do and where to go to find many of the readings.  Every time there is a link (that is a name that is underlined) on the weekly map, click that link to read that assignment.  There is no where else you can get it.*  It's like a handout that I give you in class.

*NOTE -- you may be able to access the readings through the Reading List, but there's more info about what you do with the reading on the weekly map.  And my Reading List may not be accurate all the time.

Textbook Chapters
Our textbook is full of great information.  For that reason, I'm hoping to go over nearly all the chapters!  However, I'm not expecting you to read every bit of every chapter.  I'll be giving you specific pages to read in the Weekly Maps.  In some cases, I'll specify exercises that I want you to do.  In all cases, you're welcome to do any of the exercises and activities to help you really understand the readings. 
  Here is what I hope to accomplish from the textbook and when:  
  Week 1: 
Week 2:  Chapter 1
Week 3:  Chapter 3
Week 4:  Chapter 4
Week 5:  Chapter 5
Week 6:  Chapter 6
Week 7:  Chapter 7
Week 8:  "Economics"
Week 9:  "Economics"
Week 10:  "Economics"
Week 11:  Chapter 8
Week 12:  Chapter 9
Week 13:  Chapter 10
Week 14:  Chapter 11




  You won't turn in all of the chapter assignments.  As in most college/university classes, the assignments are to HELP you prepare for the projects and tests, but often, I won't check your work.  Instead, the discussion board (both your reading and writing in it) should let you know if you are doing okay on the material.  That's why your participation in the discussion is so important.  If you don't understand something or aren't clear on something, then you can always keep the discussion going or email me privately.  Unlike for high school classes, YOU are responsible for making sure you're learning the material.

The schedule and reading assignments are more specifically detailed on the Term Schedule from which you get to each Weekly Map. 

Each week, the Weekly Map will give you the boxes or questions you are to answer in addition to the pages of each chapter you're to read.  Annotate those parts of the chapters you're to read.  (This means Mark up Your Textbook!  If you're not sure how to go about it, what information to highlight or mark up, we will discuss the details when we get to Chapter 5.  For now, however, just get in the very useful habit of marking up your text as you read.  Let me say it again, read with pen/pencil/highlighter in hand and use it!)

Most of the time, you're going to see questions on the discussion board that relate to the material in the textbook, but it may be possible that I DON'T ask a question on the discussion board for some specific information from your book.  For example, I might ask you to do the exercises on page 118 but I don't ask anything about it.  Please don't email me asking what you should do with the exercises.  The exercises are for your learning.  Do them for your self-improvement, for your benefit from this class, and to check your own understanding. 

It may be tempting for you to skip the exercises.  If you already get it (or think you get it) then the exercises may be unnecessary.  But you need to be constantly monitoring your understanding and reading skill.  If, for example, you find you aren't getting something, you may have to go back and do those exercises.  And of course, that may not guarantee you'll get it, in which case you need to let me know and we'll figure out a different way to approach the problem. 




Because this is important (they've devoted a whole chapter to it in our book!) I give you another page that gives my perspective.  However, I want you to read Chapter 3, first.  I'll give you the link to the vocabulary page next week. 
Our book divides the main purposes for reading into two parts:  study reading, and critical reading and thinking.  Our second and third projects will be practice of each of these two purposes.  The first project is a skill that you need to practice for both of those purposes:  summarizing.

So we will have Project 1: Summary, Project 2: Study Reading, and Project 3: Critical Reading and Thinking.  I will unveil the instructions and points for each project as we begin it.

And the rest of the stuff . . . .
On a weekly basis, you'll also need to keep up with the discussion board and assessments.  The discussion board lets me know how you are understanding your readings (as well as gives you a chance to "digest" the readings and check yourself on your understanding.)  I have set the points assessments so that you can redo them in case something goes wrong and you gave yourself the wrong number of points, but there is a deadline and after that, you won't be able to go back and give yourself points.  Because my deadline for most ASSIGNMENTS and other quizzes is midnight on Sunday, my deadline for the POINTS ASSESSMENTS only is midnight on Monday (just in case you're submitting your work at the last minute).

Let's keep these points in perspective, however.  While you need to get at least 70% of the total possible points in order to pass, as a whole, they count only 10% of your entire grade.  In other words, if you miss a week or two, don't stress, as long as you're doing fine with the rest of the weeks.

I'll keep the discussion boards open as long as there is lively discussion, but you won't be able to get points for those posts you make after the end of the week.  Please don't count the postings you've done in the Student Lounge for your discussion points.  That's more like whatever you do outside of class.