CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 03
Fall 2008

Homework Assignments                                                                                            Dr. Sanders

Please note: not all graded assignments are listed here.  Some graded assignments include work completed in class, and will not be posted to this page.

Homework #1: E-mail me!  Include "Chicago Rocks!" in the subject line, and be sure to put your name somewhere in the message so I know who you are.  Due Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

Homework #2:  Obtain a Chicago area street map such as the examples shown in class.  Your map should be large enough to show Chicago and the immediate surrounding area, and it should have a font size that makes it easy to read.  Put your name on it, and turn it in.  (Don't worry; you'll get it back!)  Due Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

Reading Assignment: Read Chicago (and the rest of the Earth!) Rocks, including the information at the three links at the end of this document.  Due Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

Reading Assignment:  In the FYE 3-ring binder, in the "Skills for Academic Success" tabbed section, read pages 157-162, 187-191, and the final two pages in this tabbed section.  Due Thursday, September 11, 2008.

Optional assignment: Print an FYE Planner!  This is a portable, printable, compact dayplanner--in your choice of 3 cover designs!!
         Option 1       Option 2      Option 3       Instructions for folding the planner

Reading Assignment:  In the FYE 3-ring binder, in the "Skills for Academic Success" tabbed section, read pages 216-240.  Due Thursday, September 23, 2008.

Homework #3:  Academic Planning.  In class you were given a worksheet for planning your personal curriculum.  Complete that worksheet and take it to your advisor to go over it.  Your advisor will help you find problems and areas that need more development, and will ask you to work on it some more and then bring it back to them again.  Once you have a good academic plan, they will sign off on it and you can turn it in to Dr. Sanders. 

Note: If you don't know yet what you want to major in, for purposes of this assignment, say that you want to major in Earth Science.  The skills you learn doing this will transfer to whatever major you end up declaring. 

If you did not get a copy of the assignment, or need a clean copy, go to the Advising Office in D-130 and tell them you need the FYE Academic Planning worksheet.  Due Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

Homework #4: This assignment has an individual component and a team component.  Due no later than 3:00 pm October 1, 2008.

 Individual Component:    After viewing the slideshow of the NEIU Rock Climbing Wall (as shown in class), set your own personal goal for this activity, and communicate it to your team.  Team members will respect and support each individual member's goal, whatever that goal is. 
Team Component:  As a team, select a Recorder.  The Recorder will compile the goal information from all team members into a single e-mail message.  The e-mail should include 1) the team name, 2) the names of all the individual members of the team, and 3) the individual goal of each team member.  The Recorder will send the message to me, copying all team members on the message.  I will acknowledge receipt by doing a "Reply to All", so every team member will know that the message has been received.  If you don't get it, you can assume that your assignment has not been completed: have a backup plan!  Every team member is responsible for seeing to it that the assignment is completed. 

Homework #5: Planning Your Future.  Due at class time Tuesday, October 28, 2008.  This assignment is being distributed, explained, and graded by Dr. Helfand's office.  If you were not in class on October 23, you will need to pick up a copy.  A few are available in my "drop-box", which is an envelope on the door to room S-130.  Please take a copy of both the survey and the yellow brochure.  If there are none in that envelope, go to the Career Counseling Office and ask for a copy of the Harrington-O'Shea Career Decision-Making System Survey Booklet.  Bring your completed survey with you to class on Tuesday, where Dr. Helfand will be doing the second portion of the survey.  NOTE: By THURSDAY, NOV. 6, YOU SHOULD SHOW ME THAT YOU COMPLETED THE SURVEY.  In addition, you should identify at least *four* careers that (based on the material provided in class) fit your three-letter code.  Write your code and the four careers them on a sheet of paper and hand that in.

Homework #6: Team Project



Friday, Nov. 7.  Due by 7 pm.

Team e-mail. See the instructions on the Team Project Overview sheet that you received on the Gompers Park field trip.  

Thursday, Nov. 13.   Due at class time.

Team contract.  
Between Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 Team field trip must be completed during this time period (not before or after!)
Thursday, Dec. 4 Poster draft due (details appear here)
Tuesday, Dec. 9 Due at exam time. Final poster due at the time the final exam begins (10:00 a.m.)
The rubric for grading the poster appears here.  Use it as your checklist!

Team members will evaluate themselves and their teammates on a Team Citizenship Evaluation.

Homework #7: Individual Geologic Research.  Due at class time, December 4, 2008.  Details appear at this link.

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

2008 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated November 4, 2008.