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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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One. Homework Check for Assignment 3. Two. New Homework Assignment: First typed draft for peer edit in your teams when we meet on February 27. Your peer edit questions are on your syllabus. Essay #1 Due March 1: Viktor Frankl makes the claim that we languish in the despair of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Critical Thinker
One. Group Activity while I check your homework: Get into teams of 3 or 4 and discuss today's homework:What are 3 causes of Jeff Henderson’s initial self-pity in prison? Two. Homework for 2-26-18: Write a 3-paragraph, 350-word essay that gives... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
One. Get into teams of 3 or 4 and explain Death in Tehran while I check homework. "Death in Tehran" from Man's Search for Meaning A rich and mighty Persian once walked in his garden with one of his servants. The servant cried that he had just encountered Death, who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
A few weeks ago, I bought a Seiko Monster SZSC003. About six months ago, I bought a Degen 1103 DSP version 2 radio. I prefer the first version, which died after 14 years.
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Get into teams of 3 or 4 while I check your homework Number 1. Homework for 2-20-18: Read first 120 pages of Man's Search for Meaning; write a 350-word, 3-paragraph essay that analyzes how the fable cited in the book, “Death in Tehran,” explains the major idea in the book.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Homework for 2-21-18: Read first 150 pages of Jeff Henderson's memoir Cooked. Write a 3-paragraph, 350-word essay that analyzes the causes of Jeff Henderson’s initial self-pity in prison. Use at least 3 signal phrases in citing the memoir. Turnitin Class... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
2018 Spring English 1C Syllabus McMahon Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: M and W: 2:45-3:45 and 5:30-6; T and TH 12:15-1 and 3:30-4:15 Materials You Need for This Class: One. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Two. Contemporary & Classic Arguments 2nd edition, edited by Sylvan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Here's a compendium of universalist arguments. Hart plays down the doctrine of eternal damnation in his writings. All I can say is wow. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Leaving Anhedonia
English 1A Fall 2018 Books and Essay Assignments Schedule: 1A M and W 12:30-2:35 and 3:45 to 5:50 1C T and TH 2 and 4:15 Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur C. Brooks Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Tristan Harris and Smartphones Harris’ blog page essays Guardian MIT Spiegel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C Essay 1: How to Think How to Think Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” Essay 2: The Second Coming of the KKK Addressing Linda Gordon’s The Second Coming of the KKK and any Andrew Marantz New Yorker article about the Alt-Right, develop a thesis that address the claim that while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Fall 2018 Books and Essay Assignments Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur C. Brooks Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Kleptocracy, New Jim Crow, and Confederate Flag Option 1: Debra Dickerson’s “The Great White Way” and Ta Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations” to address claim that America... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon 2018 Spring English 1A Syllabus Office H121P; Phone Extension: 5673 Office Hours: Mon and Wed: 2:30-3:45; Tues and Thurs: 12:15-1 and 3:30-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You Need to Buy for This Class Cooked by Jeff Henderson Acting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Stephen Colbert said to his son about hell: “Hell is separation from God’s love.” God’s love is perceived differently depending on how one perceives judgment and salvation. If Christ was crucified to satisfy God’s wrath against sinful humans, one receives a picture of God with a radically different personality than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Leaving Anhedonia
During the holidays, ironically enough, people dive into an eating frenzy like some Dionysian festival of gluttony and drunkenness resulting depression and emptiness, what I call a bloated, self-loathing hangover. Their metabolic state is all jacked up. The insulin is elevated. They’re in a condition of pre-diabetes or worse. Their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Leaving Anhedonia
Required Research Essay Criteria (English 1A SLO-aligned assignment) Sources: Students must research and cite from at least five sources; three of them must be different types of sources as follows: At least one source must be from an ECC library database. At least one source must be a book, anthology... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C SLO-aligned Assignment The assignment designed using these criteria will be used to assess the course SLOs and should be assigned as a later (or last) essay. Students will write a 4-5 page essay, not including Works Cited page, which is also required (but does not count towards length... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C Essay 1 How to Think Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” Essay 2: Rachel Dolezal, Jack Phillips Cake debate, Colin Kaepernick, The Bet, Universal Love Class One. Develop an argument about Rachel Dolezal: See Buzzfeed Essay List. Cass Two. Jack Phillips debate in NYT, LA Times, National Review, and The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Fall 2018 Books and Essay Assignments Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur C. Brooks Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad and Ta Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations” Develop a thesis that shows how Debra J Dickerson’s “The Great White Way” and Ta Nehisi... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Death of Expertise Lessons Lesson One One. What forces make culture in love with its own ignorance at the expense of expertise? Narcissism gives us “fragile egos” that don’t want us to be told we’re wrong. We are a self-coddling culture. Our narcissism is so virulent that we are proud... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
I’m divorced and remarried with two daughters, fraternal twins. Some Christians say my sin of divorce can be forgiven and I can start new. Others say my second marriage constitutes perpetual adultery, and I am living in such a way that insures my eternal damnation. How one interprets Christ’s condemnation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Leaving Anhedonia
English 1C Essay 1 How to Think Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” Essay 2 Death of Expertise Have students apply fallacies and narcissism in Death of Expertise to vaccines, 9-11 truthers, racist groups, troll-driven political campaigns, global warming deniers, or other conspiracy theorists. Essay 3: Brooks and Equality, Jon Ronson and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C Essay 1 How to Think, Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” Essay 2 One. David Brooks sandwich essay Consider the real reason for educational inequality is not a lack of tests, a smokescreen to the real problem, but the privileges of the top economic tier discussed in David Brooks' essay... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Fall 2018 Books and Essay Assignments Essay 1: Cooked and Arthur C. Brooks Cooked and Arthur Brooks essay Essay 2: Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad and Ta Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations” Essay 3 One. Cal Newport and Passion Hypothesis (full week) Two. “People Like Us” and tribalism... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1C Essay 1 How to Think, Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” Essay 2 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Essay 3 One. UBI Two. Vaccines Three. Against Democracy Four. Genetic Modification and film Gattaca. See “Case Against Human Gene Editing”; Pro and Con More pros and cons from Business Insider "Building... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles