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Planning for the Future -
an extra credit opportunity
Utilize the MyPlan website, licensed by NEIU for student and
alumni use, to gather information about your Interests, Personality,
Skills, and Values by completing the four assessments (expect about
20 minutes per assessment).
Then, use the information that is available through the results of
your assessment to fill out this
worksheet. No late work will be
Open the following
weathering and climate
Work through the animation on these topics, and create a set of
notes for reference.
of your notes to turn in on Thursday. (Keep your own set!
There is an important reason... coming up on Tuesday, 22 Nov!!)
You should also review your notes (and/or the resources, above)
about different types of rocks: consider what we know about the
characteristics of the three main types of rocks, how to recognize
them, and how they might be expected to respond to weathering.
Academic Planning Assignment: not later** than
this date, you will turn in your completed assignment packet,
signed by your advisor.
--> If you do not know who is your advisor, ask your instructor.
--> If you are unable to meet with your advisor due to schedule
conflicts, ask for Bob Binkowski.
--> For this class, you will turn in the entire packet, not
just the signed cover page!
--> **You may turn this in early, if you have already completed it!
Using the post-it notes given in class (and/or your
own "tabs"!), label the sections of your NEIU catalog, as designated
in class on Tuesday. Have your catalog out on the desk when
you arrive in class on Thursday, so that I can check them quickly
before we go off on our campus field trip!
Scavenger Hunt #2:
Get a copy of the NEIU Academic Catalog (not the semester
class schedule! the Academic Catalog!)
If you did not turn in Scavenger Hunt #1
(or otherwise need to print a record sheet), refer to the
about our scavenger hunt. You will need to use the
'official' record sheet to get credit for this assignment.
If you have other pages from #1, please attach all to
the (back of) your new record sheet.
In space #2 on the record
sheet, record the following information:
--> Where did you get the catalog (include name of office or
location, building name, and room number in that building).
Bring the catalog with you to class on Tuesday: we will need it
for a class activity!
Note that, if you already have a catalog,
you can bring that one with you; but you still need to record
details of where the catalog can be found!
This assignment is due via email, on MONDAY!
Rock Wall Team email:
later than 5:00 pm on Monday, 26 Sep:
Each team will send a
email, addressed to the instructor and copied to
all team members (per example, below):
I must be able to see that the email was sent
In the body of the email, list each team
member's name, along with that member's stated
individual goal for the rock wall activity.
If any of your team members were not in class
today (Thursday), a representative of your team
should first email the instructor to obtain
contact info for the missing member(s), and then
follow up with those students to get information
regarding their goal. If you are unsure whether
team members were missing, refer to
If you were
not in class on Thursday: (or if you want to
review the information about the rock wall
activity), view this
slide show and determine your
individual goal* for this activity.
Communicate this information to
your team members (you should watch for
an email from the instructor with contact info,
or you should send an
the instructor to get contact info!).
All team members are responsible for
making sure that the team email is sent to the
instructor by the deadline: if it is
getting close to the deadline, and you have not
received the team email, communicate with your
team-mates to make sure that the task will be
completed on time!
*If you have questions about setting goals,
check with your team-mates and/or the
Model for emailed
TO: (your instructor's email address)
cc: list each of the team members' emails,
separated by a semicolon or comma
subject: ESCI 109 Section xx
body of the email, list each team
member and their individual goal for
the rock wall.
Be sure that the email reaches me by
the deadline! I will respond "to
all" to let you know I received the
dates as indicated
COURSE MATERIALS DUE DATES
I will be checking (and counting each as an assignment) that you
have the required course materials on the following dates:
Tuesday, 20 September
ISGS: with required
portions (or whole) printed in color:
Thursday, 22 September
(if you are printing in B&W, with the intent to print
needed pages in color, you should show the B&W
printout to me not later than 1 class period before
this deadline, so that you can check out the CD
and print the pages--that I will mark for you--in color
by this deadline)
Send an email to your
Send me an email from your NEIU email address. To
earn full credit for this assignment, the email must meet all of the
1. The subject of the email should be "ESCI 109 sec (1 or 2) - your name".
2. In the body of the email, tell me:
a. something in particular that you are looking forward to
learning or doing in this class (take a look at the
of topics!); and
b. a memorable experience in your life that could be considered
"geology-related": it might be a place you have traveled, that was
geologically interesting (rocks? mountains? volcanoes?
earthquakes??), or some other experience that is related to fossils, rocks, natural hazards,
or something else related to geology.
3. The overall format of your email should follow the guidelines
that are given in your syllabus (see "example of an email").
4. I must receive the email not later
than 4 PM on the due date.
If you are looking at
your syllabus for my email address, remember to use the
adjusted format (replace the "(AT)" with the @ symbol)
Re-read the material
on the website links as assigned for 8 Sep
(see that assignment on the
On a piece of loose-leaf paper (no
raggedy-spiral-ripped-edges, please!), create a
set of reading notes
"color-coded method" described in class on
Thursday, 8 Sep. (click
here for a refresher/ clarification of that
Bring your set of notes to class: we will
complete your notes with our class discussion,
and then you will turn it in.
No need to make a duplicate set -- you will get
your notes back!! ;o)
Chicago Rocks! Semester-long Scavenger Hunt:
1. Print this scavenger hunt record sheet.
2. Read this introduction to our
class scavenger hunt, which gives general
3. Scavenger hunt items will be assigned throughout the
semester, and you will record the required information for each scavenger
hunt on the same record sheet.
Scavenger Hunt #1 is due on
Tuesday, 13 September.
Stop by the Student Organization Fair** during
the Fall into Fun Week activities. Get information from one club/
organization that you might be interested in joining. The information might
be a flier or brochure, if available, OR simply one interesting thing about
In space #1 on your Scavenger Hunt form, enter the following:
-- name of club or organization;
-- what information you found; AND
-- ask the person at the club's table to sign their name in the space.
** note that you must do this on WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY (Sep 7 or 8)
between noon and 4:00 pm -- these are the hours of the Organization
Fair!!!! See details on
NEIUPort or on
the week's schedule.
UPDATE: In order to get full
credit for this assignment, you will still need to have proof that you
attended the organization fair.
However, because many student organizations were not represented at the fair
on Thursday, you may want to view
this list of NEIU
student organizations for a more complete idea of the available options.
Browse through the list of organizations and find one that is of interest to
you. Write a short
statement, identifying the organization that interests you, why it
interests you, and give the available contact info --
points! (this can be done on a separate sheet of paper, attached to
your scavenger hunt record form, or on the back of the form, if extra space
Meet with your instructor!
Sign up for a conference with me; the sign-up list is
brought to class each session.
If the times listed do not fit your schedule, send me
an email, with at least 2-3 possible days/times that
you could meet with me for a 10-minute conference.
Note: this is a mandatory assignment.
final deadline to schedule and complete a conference with me
will be announced soon; it's
best if you do this as soon
Read the excerpt that was given to you in class (Thursday,
Read it through first without making any marks on the pages! Then, go
back to the beginning and read the article again, inserting the following
symbols as indicated:
put a star in the margin next to pieces of information that you already
knew/ or had heard before;
put a box around
words/phrases that you don't know/ or are not sure of the meaning;
put a question mark in the margin, next to any sentence or passage that you
don't understand as a
underline at least two specific facts/ pieces of information that you
find particularly interesting.
Due at class time on the date
Thoughtfully and completely fill out the yellow survey sheet
that you received in class on Tuesday. Please be sure
to answer all questions!
In addition, consider your time availability in the next
week to two weeks: you will be required to schedule an
appointment with your instructor.