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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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Essay #5 Options: Capstone Essay with 5 Sources for Works Cited Due 12/11. One. Support, refute, or complicate Alfie Kohn’s assertion from “Degrading to De-grading” that grading is an inferior education tool that all conscientious teachers should abandon. Two. Support,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Important Dates: November 30: Blue Book Exam #1 for Lower Ed December 7: Peer Edit for Final Essay #5 December 12: Final Essay #5 Due December 12 and 14: Blue Book Exam #2 based on "Unfollow" by Adrian Chen and "The Backfire Effect" from The Oatmeal. Materials for Blue Book... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
Important Dates: November 30: Blue Book Exam #1 for Lower Ed December 7: Peer Edit for Final Essay #5 December 12: Final Essay #5 Due December 12 and 14: Blue Book Exam #2 based on "Unfollow" by Adrian Chen and "The Backfire Effect" from The Oatmeal. Materials for Blue Book... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay #5 Options: Capstone Essay with 5 Sources for Works Cited Due 12/11. One. Support, refute, or complicate Alfie Kohn’s assertion from “Degrading to De-grading” that grading is an inferior education tool that all conscientious teachers should abandon. In other... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Against Football Lesson One Essay Options Support, refute, or complicate the argument that football is a necessary evil, including the brain sacrifice of many of the players, for providing escape to working-class Americans for whom football is their lifeblood, and to be denied this lifeblood would be to make the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Important Dates: November 30: Blue Book Exam #1 for Lower Ed December 7: Peer Edit for Final Essay #5 December 12: Final Essay #5 Due December 12 and 14: Blue Book Exam #2 based on "Unfollow" by Adrian Chen and "The Backfire Effect" from The Oatmeal. Materials for Blue Book... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay #4 Options with 3 Sources for Works Cited Due 11-20 One. Support, defend, or complicate the assertion that the unstoppable presence of trolls on Twitter has made being on Twitter, for many, an exercise so embedded in futility that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1A Cooked Shrill by Lindy West or Between World and Me Fast Food Nation Rules for Writers Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Race One. Caging of America: Is mass incarceration the New Jim Crow? Two and Three. Coates and Thirteenth: Is racism a relic of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Cooked Shrill by Lindy West or Between World and Me Fast Food Nation Rules for Writers Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Race One. Caging of America: Is mass incarceration the New Jim Crow? Two and Three. Coates and Thirteenth: Is racism a relic of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Important Dates: November 30: Blue Book Exam #1 for Lower Ed December 7: Peer Edit for Final Essay #5 December 12: Final Essay #5 Due December 12 and 14: Blue Book Exam #2 based on "Unfollow" by Adrian Chen and "The Backfire Effect" from The Oatmeal. Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Critical Thinker
November 13 Online essays about reparations debate November 15 Online essays about mass incarceration and “The New Jim Crow,” including “The Caging of America” (include your New Jim Crow lecture from recent 1C) and include essays on romance of Civil... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
How to Think by Alan Jacobs Writing Assignment Option A In a 1,000-word essay, develop a thesis that explains how Megan Phelps-Roper, as featured in Adrian Chen’s essay “Unfollow,” unshackled herself from the anti-thinking biases and demonstrated the principles of critical thinking laid forth in Alan Jacobs’ How to Think.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Lesson Two How to Think by Alan Jacobs Writing Assignment Option A In a 1,000-word essay, develop a thesis that explains how Megan Phelps-Roper, as featured in Adrian Chen’s essay “Unfollow,” unshackled herself from the anti-thinking biases and demonstrated the principles of critical thinking laid forth in Alan Jacobs’ How... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Reading and Writing Schedule to Essay #4 November 1 “The Faces in the Mirror” (31), “The Flip Side of Internet Fame” (90) November 6 “Unspeakable Conversations” (96) November 8 Online essays about empathy and boycotting the NFL November 13 Online... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #4 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument Option One. In the context of the essays in Chapter 5, support, refute, or complicate the argument that the death penalty is a moral abomination that must be abolished. Option Two. In the context... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Critical Thinker
"Ten Reasons You Should Consider Deleting Your Facebook" by Annie Skinner Snark Factor Facebook and social media encourage the Snark Factor: Wanting attention, people want to be snarky, rude, condescending, hypocritical, in order to gain attention for themselves. Snark Culture grows on us and becomes the new normal. In Snark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Critical Thinker
“Unfollow” by Adrian Chen YouTube video The Oatmeal: The Backfire Effect Excerpts from Chen’s Essay: Turning Point #1 Feelings But Phelps-Roper had loved Murphy in “Clueless,” and she felt an unexpected pang—not quite sadness, but something close—over her death. As she continued scrolling through Twitter, she saw that it was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Critical Thinker
How to Think Lesson Plans How to Think by Alan Jacobs Writing Assignment Option A In a 1,000-word essay, develop a thesis that explains how Megan Phelps-Roper, as featured in Adrian Chen’s essay “Unfollow,” unshackled herself from the anti-thinking biases and demonstrated the principles of critical thinking laid forth in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Critical Thinker
November 6 “Unspeakable Conversations” (96) November 8 Online essays about empathy and boycotting the NFL November 13 Online essays about reparations debate November 15 Online essays about mass incarceration and “The New Jim Crow,” including “The Caging of America” Essay... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
November 2 Chapter 8 Genetic Modification Debate November 7 Chapter 9 Immigration Debate November 9 Chapter 11 Student Loan Debate November 14 Essay 4 Due What is thinking? In his book How to Think, Alan Jacobs uses the example of someone who agonizes over what car to buy. After the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essays Online Great White Way and Get Out Steve Almond NFL Alfie Kohn Grading Learning in the Shadow of Race and Class People Like Us Flight from Conversation Excerpt from So Good They Can’t Ignore You Empathy debate Vaccines UBI Why It Pays to be a Jerk I Used to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Practical Argument, 3rd Edition Should you use non-text books? You already have 4 good ones. First Essay Based on One: Man’s Search for Meaning (using some of PA’s material) How to Think: Find example of Repugnant Other and how it’s treated by the “in-group” Republic: Divided Democracy in Age of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Acting Out Culture, 4th Edition Plan Essay 2 Based on Chapters 1 and 2 Cal Newport: Passion Hypothesis Great White Way and Get Out Zeisler Empower Restoration of Faith: limits of redemption? Naive? Unspeakable Conversations Essay 3 Based on Chapters 2 and 3 Lindy West Bones Some Girls Are Better... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Reading and Writing Schedule to Essay #4 November 1 “The Faces in the Mirror” (31), “The Flip Side of Internet Fame” (90) November 6 “Unspeakable Conversations” (96) November 8 Online essays about empathy and boycotting the NFL November 13 Online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
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