Communications 2001

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October 12 and 19, 2000

September 28 and October 5, 2000

September 21, 2000

In-class assignments

 

Communications 2000

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Assignment #20 - Final assignment of the year

made: Friday, May 12, 2000
due: Wednesday, May 24, 2000

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Assignment #19 - Clemency Board Vocabulary

made: Friday, May 5, 2000
due: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

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Look at the clemency board handout

Here are links to some of the primary sources relating to this situation.

Texas v. Karla Faye Tucker: A Question of Mercy (Court TV Online, 1998)

New Life on Death Row: The Karla Faye Tucker Story (Christian Broadcasting Network)

Report on the execution of Karla Faye Tucker (agitator.com, 1998)

Letter from Karla Faye Tucker asking for clemency (agitator.com, 1998)

The Hanging Governor (a report on the clemency process in Texas, Salon, May 11, 2000)

Death Row statistics from the Texas Department of Corrections

If you are interested in exploring the topic of the death penalty in more detail, have a look at:

The Death Penalty Information Center

Amnesty International USA's effort to abolish the death penalty

Court TV looks at the death penalty in the U.S.

the American Civil Liberties Union looks at the death penalty

ProDeathPenalty.com

Assignment #18 - Jury Duty Vocabulary

made: Friday, April 28, 2000
due: Wednesday, May 3, 2000

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Look at the jury duty handout

Here are links to some of the primary source material related to the situation described in the handout.

Parents Face Trial for Shunning Medical Help, April 21, 1997 (The Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

Her Dying Prayers, May 5, 1997 (Time Magazine)

Faith-Healing Couple Sentenced, August 1997 (Freethought Today)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus the Nixons, the decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in the Nixon appeal

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania versus the Nixons, legal brief submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the Nixon appeal

Assignment #17 - The Transplant Committee (Vocabulary)

made: Friday, April 14, 2000
due: Tuesday, April 25, 2000

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Look at The Transplant Committee handout

Interested in learning more about organ donation and transplantation issues?  Visit

UNOS  for current organ availability and need statistics

TransWeb - for clear explanations and explorations of transplant issues

Look at my word associations for success

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Assignment #16 - End of the quarter exams

made: Friday, March 17, 2000

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Look at the Spelling Test answers

Look at the Word Problem Test answers

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Assignment #15 - Catching Up

made: Friday, March 10, 2000
due: Wednesday, March 15, 2000

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Assignment #14 - Tracking Down Answers #5

made: Friday, March 3, 2000
part 1 due: Monday, March 6, 2000
part 2 due: Wednesday, March 8, 2000

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Look at the process I suggested you use to complete research assignments

Look at my answers to the questions on Assignment #14

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Assignment #13 - Tracking Down Answers #4

made: Friday, February 25, 2000
part 1 due: Monday, February 28, 2000
part 2 due: Wednesday, March 1, 2000

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Look at the process I suggested you use to complete research assignments

Look at my answers to the questions on Assignment #13

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Assignment #12  -  Tracking Down Answers #3

made: Friday, February 11, 2000
part 1 due: Wednesday, February 16, 2000
part 2 due: Wednesday, February 23, 2000

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Look at the answers to the Information Ordering test

Look at the handouts for those who owe work

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Assignment #11  -  Tracking Down Answers #2

made: Friday, January 14, 2000
due: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

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Look at the evidence I found

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Assignment #10  -  Tracking Down Answers

made: Friday, January 7, 2000
due: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

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Look at my answers

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Assignment #9  -  Measuring Improvement

made: Friday, December 17, 1999
due: Wednesday, January 5, 2000

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Assignment #8  -  Planning for Improvement

made: Friday, December 10, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, December 13, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, December 15, 1999

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Assignment #7  -  Nachos, anyone?

made: Friday, December 3, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, December 6, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, December 8, 1999

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Read the entire article, Nachos, anyone? (OED Newsletter, July 1999)

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Assignment #6  -  Reference Books

made: Friday, November 19, 1999
part 1 due: Tuesday, November 23, 1999
part 2 due: Tuesday, November 30, 1999

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Questions from the General Knowledge Quiz (to be used in Part 2 of this assignment)

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Assignment #5  -  Synonyms

made: Friday, October 29, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, November 1, 1999
part 2: Test on Friday, November 5, 1999

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You might want to use the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus on the web at http://www.m-w.com in order to complete this assignment.

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Assignment #4  -  Homonyms/Homophones

made: Friday, October 22, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, October 25, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, October 27, 1999

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You'll need information from the web page at http://www.finifter.com/tracy/pers/homonym/ in order to complete part 2 of this assignment.

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Assignment #3  -  Heteronyms

made: Friday, October 15, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, October 18, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, October 20, 1999

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Assignment #2  -  Multiple Meanings

made: Friday, October 8, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, October 11, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, October 13, 1999

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Assignment #1  -  Oxymora

made: Friday, October 1, 1999
part 1 due: Monday, October 4, 1999
part 2 due: Wednesday, October 6, 1999

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Communications 1999

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You can view many of the handouts and assignments below as either HTML files or Adobe Acrobat PDFs.   PDF viewing requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader browser plug-in, but provides a higher resolution image.  It produces a better printout, almost exactly like those I distribute in class.  If you do not have the plug-in installed, you will get a message prompting you to save the file whenever you click on a PDF link.  To download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installation program, click the icon below.

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A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia - Friday May 28, 1999

View the HTML version of the sheet we used for our in-class translation activity

View the HTML version of 4 plausible translations of our document

Look at the lessons we learned from the activity

click here to link to the online version of the complete Briefe and True Report

click here to link to Borders.com if you want to buy the 1972 Dover facsimile edition of Harriot's work

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Test #3  -  Crossword Puzzle

given: Friday, May 21, 1999

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View the crossword puzzle answers. (A PDF file)

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Assignment #11  -  Crossword Puzzle test

made: Friday, May 14, 1999

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View the words misspelled by students in the class

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Assignment #10  -  Anagrams

made: Friday, May 7, 1999

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Assignment #9  -  Rewriting Bloopers

made: Friday, April 23, 1999

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Assignment #8  -  Unscrambling Proverbs

made: Friday, April 16, 1999

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Test #2 - Friday, March 26, 1999

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Assignment #7  -  Taxes made EZ

made: Friday, March 19, 1999

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Assignment for the week - Preparing for Test #2

Form 1040EZ pages

General instructions

Sample W2

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Sample 1040EZ - completed

Italicized Links available for this assignment

Form 1040EZ (file size: 56 kb)

Form 1040EZ Instruction Booklet (file size: 960 kb)

To see the California equivalents of the federal forms above, use the following links

Form 540EZ (file size: 56 kb)

Form 540 booklet (file size: 642 kb)

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Assignment #6  -  Income and Expenses

made: Friday, March 12, 1999

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Assignment for the week

Part 1 - due Monday, March 15

If I did not return your work for part 3 of Assignment #5, you must redo it over the weekend and resubmit it on Monday, March 15.  This time be sure to proofread and correct the draft you submit.  To see some of the mistakes I found in the work I did not return, take a look at student bloopers submitted in Assignment 5, part 3.

data for Part 2 - 1997 income and expenses for Heads of Household 18-24 years old

data for Part 3 - 1997 income and expenses in western U.S. cities

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Assignment for the week

data for Part 2 - 1997 income and expenses for Heads of Household 18-24 years old

data for Part 3 - 1997 income and expenses in western U.S. cities

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Assignment #5  -  How much is an education worth?

made: Friday, March 5, 1999

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USA Today chart "Education Pays"

Information Please Almanac's 1996 Salary Data

Christian Science Monitor story "Growing Cost of Skipping College"

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Test #1 - Friday, February 26, 1999

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Assignment #4  -  Your inflationary dollar

made: Friday, February 19, 1999

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Side 1

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Side 2 - Calculating "Your Inflationary Dollar"

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Side 3 - Calculating Inflation in Individual Prices

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Side 4 - the Consumer Price Index, 1941-98

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Assignment #3  -  The year you were born

made: Friday, February 12, 1999

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dMarie Time Capsule

The Official Academy Awards Web Site - Winners from the past

Display the menu choice table

Assignment #2  -  Your Day in History (Events)

made: Friday, February 5, 1999

Initial Assignment

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Assignment Amendment

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Italicized Links used in this assignment

Scope Systems' Any Day in History

On This Day In History from the New York Times

The Associated Press Today In History archive (Jan-Jun)

The Associated Press Today In History archive (Jul-Dec)

The Library of Congress' American Memory Today In History archive

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Assignment #1  -  Your Day in History (People)

made: Friday, January 29, 1999

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Side 2 - Sample Citations

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Scope Systems' Any Day in History

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