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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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Posted 1 hour ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay 4 Options for 150 points. Options. 1,400 words and is due no later than start of class on May 10 (Added a new option) One. Based on Adam Gopnik's essay "The Caging of America," support, refute, or complicate the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Writing Option #2 Defend, refute, or complicate Bloom's assertion in "Against Empathy" that empathy, contrary to popular opinion, is not a virtue in the face of evidence that empathy is a form of "irrational compassion" that can be destructive and inimical to human affairs. Paul Bloom's Claim That Empathy Has... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Eight. Develop a thesis that in the context of the documentary Merchants of Doubt addresses the question: Should we have faith that "reason and faith can defeat propaganda and falsehoods." Or is such a message optimistic bias rooted in delusion? Nine: Develop an analytical thesis that in the context of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay #4 Options Due May 16 Writing Assignment Option #1 Develop a thesis that explains how Ursula Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (should be online) is an allegory of the moral challenges we face as we are drugged by privilege leaving us indifferent about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
McMahon Grammar Lesson: Comma Rules (based in part by Diana Hacker’s Rules for Writers) Commas are designed to help writers avoid confusing sentences and to clarify the logic of their sentences. If you cook Jeff will clean the dishes. (Will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay 4 Options for 150 points. Options. 1,400 words and is due no later than start of class on May 10 (Added a new option) One. Based on Adam Gopnik's essay "The Caging of America," support, refute, or complicate the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay 4 Options for 150 points. Options. 1,400 words and is due no later than start of class on May 10 (Added a new option) One. Based on Adam Gopnik's essay "The Caging of America," support, refute, or complicate the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Choose One: A. Develop a thesis that explains Debra Dickerson's claim from "The Great White Way" that on one hand race is America's obsession while on the other hand race does not really exist except as a phony "arbitrary system... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Choose One: A. Develop a thesis that explains Debra Dickerson's claim from "The Great White Way" that on one hand race is America's obsession while on the other hand race does not really exist except as a phony "arbitrary system for establishing hierarchy and privilege." Support your thesis with 4... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #4 Options Due May 16 Writing Assignment Option #1 Develop a thesis that explains how Ursula Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (should be online) is an allegory of the moral challenges we face as we are drugged by privilege leaving us indifferent about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #5: Final Capstone Essay for 200 Points: Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Gogol’s “The Overcoat”: Option One. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares the quest for identity in Wolff’s memoir and Gogol’s "The Overcoat." Consider maladaptation and the chimera as traps resulting from the search for identity. Option... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #5: Final Capstone Essay for 200 Points: Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Gogol’s “The Overcoat”: Option One. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares the quest for identity in Wolff’s memoir and Gogol’s "The Overcoat." Consider maladaptation and the chimera as traps resulting from the search for identity. Option... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #5: Final Capstone Essay for 200 Points: Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Gogol’s “The Overcoat”: Option One. Develop an argumentative thesis that compares the quest for identity in Wolff’s memoir and Gogol’s "The Overcoat." Consider maladaptation and the chimera as traps resulting from the search for identity. Option... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Critical Thinker
"Even For-Profit Colleges Are Better Than Terrible Community Colleges" "For-Profit on the Job Application" "70% of California Community College Students Fail" 1 in 7 Transfer Rate Average graduation rate for community colleges is 57%; El Camino's is 30%. For-Profit Colleges and the New Economy (Cottom) Coded Language at For-Profit Colleges... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Sources "Programs That Are Predatory: It's Not Just a For-Profit Colleges" "For-Profit Colleges Accused of Fraud Still Receive U.S. Funds" "Court Win for Students Over Predatory For-Profit Colleges" "Screw U: How For-Profit Colleges Rip You Off" "For-Profit College Students Face Higher Debt, Higher Unemployment, Report Finds" One. Why is FP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Resource: PBS Documentary: A Subprime Education Study Questions: One. What is the value of a diploma from a FP college? Employers are as likely to call a FPC applicant as much as a high school graduate, we read on page 28. You could also have a fake college degree and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #5, Your Capstone Essay, from Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom Support, refute, or complicate the argument that for-profit schools are so larded with deception, lies, and liabilities for the prospective student that these quasi-educational institutions must either be severely regulated or abolished altogether. John Oliver’s FP College Critique—Video... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Critical Thinker
McMahon English 1C Critical Thinking Syllabus Fall 2017 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 Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Syllabus for McMahon’s Fall 2017 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 Course Catalog Description: This course is designed to strengthen the students’ ability to read with understanding and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Assignment (Choose One): Option 1: In a 1,000-word essay, typed and double-spaced, support, defend, or complicate Adam Alter’s assertion that morally dubious, entrepreneurial technocrats are imposing addictive technologies on consumers and that these technologies have deficits that far outweigh their benefits. Be sure to use the Toulmin structure in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options for Essay Due 4-25-17 Choose One of the Following: One. In the context of Caleb Crain's "The Case Against Democracy" and Ilya Somin's "Democracy vs. Epistocracy" support, defend, or complicate the argument that an uninformed public lacking adequate critical thinking skills cannot support a democracy as we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Critical Thinker