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herculodge
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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The Chocolate War Lesson Two (Chapters 1-13) One. The novel’s first sentence is “They murdered him,” which announces the theme of violence. How is this novel about violence and mayhem? Peer pressure too often compels us to abandon individual conscience and obey the whims of the tribe, and too often... Continue reading
Posted 53 minutes ago at Critical Thinker
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I was feeling the love for my Glycine Airman Purist 42mm, received yesterday from Jomashop at a great price, but I had to submit a refund form after discovering that the hour hand is significantly misaligned. It's too bad since... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Herculodge
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I'm no expert on cultural appropriation unless we're talking about Elvis Presley, who couldn't hold a candle to James Brown . But I saw this on Twitter, and I rather liked it: EXCUSE ME, MA'AM. DO YOU KNOW WHAT CULTURAL... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Herculodge
Essay #3 Due 10-18-18 Option A In the context of David Freedman’s “The War on Stupid People,” support, refute, or complicate Freedman’s contention that we marginalize average people at our own peril, socially, pragmatically, morally, and otherwise. Option B In the context of the Netflix documentary Dirty Money, Episode #1,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Lesson Three Guardian Book Review of Sapiens Sapiens with Ishmael Summary of Sapiens by Terry Ortlieb Cognitive Revolution Part I by Terry Ortlieb Agricultural Revolution Part I by Terry Ortlieb AR Part II by Terry Ortlieb Harari Theory on Unification by Terry Ortlieb Addressing charges of superficiality in Harari by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Sapiens Lesson Two Essay Assignment: Support, refute, or complicate Harari’s assertion that the “agricultural revolution was the greatest crime against humanity.” Study Questions for Lesson Two One. Why does Harari call the narrative about human agriculture as a sign of progress a “fantasy” and one of the most stupid myths... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #1 Option Support, refute, or complicate Harari’s assertion that the “agricultural revolution was the greatest crime against humanity.” Lesson One Study Questions One. That Sapiens is an exclusive species today emerging from several species of great apes is both “peculiar and incriminating.” Explain. The window of history of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Sapiens with Ishmael Summary of Sapiens by Terry Ortlieb Cognitive Revolution Part I by Terry Ortlieb Agricultural Revolution Part I by Terry Ortlieb AR Part II by Terry Ortlieb Harari Theory on Unification by Terry Ortlieb Addressing charges of superficiality in Harari by Terry Ortlieb Teacher critiques Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Chocolate War Lesson One English 1C Writing Assignment for Essay #1 In the context of Robert Cormier’s novel The Chocolate War, support, refute, or complicate Alan Jacobs’ claim that the loss of critical thinking skills is accompanied by tribalistic “ingroup” behavior (see C.S. Lewis’ idea of The Inner Ring) and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Due 10-18-18 Option A In the context of David Freedman’s “The War on Stupid People,” support, refute, or complicate Freedman’s contention that we marginalize average people at our own peril, socially, pragmatically, morally, and otherwise. Option B In the context of the Netflix documentary Dirty Money, Episode #1,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Critical Thinker
September 27 Essay #2 is due on turnitin. No homework due today other than Essay #2. In class, we will read David Freedman’s “The War on Stupid People,” and we will support, refute, or complicate Freedman’s contention that we marginalize average people at our own peril, socially, pragmatically, morally, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework Check: September 20 Homework #6: Read Jason Brennan’s “Can epistocracy, or knowledge-based voting, fix democracy?” and write a 3-paragraph essay that identifies possible objections to Brennan’s thesis. September 25 Peer Edit for Essay #2. Essay #2 Due 9-27-18 Minimum of 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Option... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Critical Thinker
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File this in the First-World Problems Department: After many years of hard work, I can now afford a nice car and a luxury timepiece, but I find my lifestyle does not require anyplace to drive other than a mile-long foray... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Herculodge
September 20 Homework #6: Read Jason Brennan’s “Can epistocracy, or knowledge-based voting, fix democracy?” and write a 3-paragraph essay that identifies possible objections to Brennan’s thesis. September 25 Peer Edit for Essay #2. September 27 Essay #2 is due on turnitin. Homework Check for #4 and #5 Homework #4: Read... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Critical Thinker
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 Jul 23, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework for #4 and #5 for September 18: Homework #4: Read “This Is Your Brain on Gluten” by James Hamblin and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why author David Perlmutter is engaging in false claims to promote his ideas and bestselling books. Homework #5: Read Alexandra Sifferlin's "The Weight... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Critical Thinker
One. Develop an argumentative thesis about the novel The Chocolate War addresses the critical thinking skills and moral breakdown that is evident in tribalism and in-group behavior. You can also refer to C.S. Lewis’ notion of the Inner Ring. Agricultural Society in Sapiens and Ishmael Two. Comparing the two books,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Homework Check: Read How to Think, up to page 50 and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why we are bad at thinking. Next Homework: Finish How to Think and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains that being a critical thinker can be dangerous. Lesson Two How to Think by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Writing Assignment: Final Draft on turnitin due 9-13-18 First Draft for Peer Edit due 9-11 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #1 Options with 2 sources (Brooks and Henderson) One. Apply the wisdom of Arthur C. Brooks’ essay “Love People, Not Pleasure” to develop a thesis that analyzes the personal transformation of Jeff Henderson rendered in his memoir Cooked. Suggested... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
McMahon English 1A Syllabus Fall 2018 Office H121P; Phone Extension: 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 2:35-3:45 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1 and 3:25-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You Need to Buy for This Class Cooked by Jeff Henderson Rules... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Sapiens Study Guide Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Teach first half of the book. Essay #1 Option Support, refute, or complicate Harari’s assertion that the “agricultural revolution was the greatest crime against humanity.” Lesson One Study Questions One. That Sapiens is an exclusive species today emerging from several species of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Composition Essay Assignment Bank English 1C Two Essay Topics for Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari See this Guardian critique. Essay #1: Support, refute, or complicate Harari’s assertion that the “agricultural revolution was the greatest crime against humanity.” Essay #2: Support, refute, or complicate Harari’s assertion that “modern liberal culture” is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Now that I've lost over 40 pounds, chronicled in my novel How to Kill Your Inner Fat Man, I am more amenable to "small" or smallish 42mm watches. This change has made me take another strong look at two very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Herculodge