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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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Writing a Refutation of Anti-Immigration Sentiment Refute immigration myths as presented in David Cole's "Five Myths About Immigration." Read Richard Florida’s “Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone” and write an essay that analyzes the validity of Florida’s claim. I recommend you see Vice Video “Home Sweet Alabama.” One. "Jobs are stolen... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay #4 Options with 3 Sources for Works Cited Due 5-14-18 One. Support, refute, or complicate Debra J. Dickerson's argument that race in America is more of a social fantasy than a reflection of objective reality. Two. Show how the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #4 Options Due May 8 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 of the essays in Chapter 6, support, refute, or... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Homework #12 Check Homework #13: write a 350-word, 3-paragraph essay that explains why Adam Gopnik in "The Caging of America" declares that mass incarceration is a scandal. Use at least 3 signal phrases. April 23 Essay 3 Due, “The Great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Homework 12 Check Punctuation Rules (and same advice here) Essay #4 Options Due May 8 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 Apr 14, 2018 at Critical Thinker
I’m not going to lie to you. My wife has it tough being married to me in part because I don’t have the ideal personality for getting married. I’m high-strung, I’m paranoid, I’m a bad sleeper, I have chronic nightmares, I have morbid thoughts, I’m anti-social, I’m prone to sulking,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Leaving Anhedonia
Homework #12 Check Homework #13: Write a 350-word essay that examines the validity of Milton Friedman's claim that "the war on drugs has been worse than the drug usage that it was designed to reduce." See "There's No Justice in the War on Drugs." Punctuation Rules (and same advice here)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework #11 for 4-16-18: Read "How the Poor Are Made to Pay for Their Poverty" (364 and online), and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes 3 reasons, according to Barbara Ehrenreich, how poverty is expensive for poor people. Or read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Homework #11 for 4-16-18: Read "How the Poor Are Made to Pay for Their Poverty" (364 and online), and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes 3 reasons, according to Barbara Ehrenreich, how poverty is expensive for poor people. Or read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options Due April 17: You need minimum of 2 sources. This list includes 2 new options that were added after the syllabus was made. You do not have to do any homework based on these 2 new options. Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework #11: Write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes 3 reasons, according to Linda Tirado, why she doesn't feel invested in her job. See "You Get What You Pay For" on page 370. If you don't have the book, read Linda... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1C Syllabus Fall 2018 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 2:35-3:45 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1 and 3:25-4:15 Materials You Need for This Class: One. How to Think by Alan Jacobs Two. Rules for Writers, Eighth edition, edited by Diana Hacker Large Blue Book for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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 for Writers, 8th Edition by Diana Hacker 1 Blue Book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Should We Arm Teacher? (New Essay Option) Option Seven (newly added in light of shooting in Parkland, Florida): Support or refute the argument that teachers should be armed. Sources for Option Seven "Why Arming Classroom Teachers Is a Bad Idea" CNN video debate Video about school where teachers are armed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Critical Thinker
English 1C Essay 1: How to Think How to Think Backfire Effect, and “Unfollow” See Atlantic critique of binary thinking. Essay 2: Claims against gluten; claims against dieting; frats and gangs; God and Morality, Opioids, Legal Effects of Marijuana, Arming Teachers, Democracy and Epistocracy Option One: “This Is Your Brain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
JD. Vance is critiqued for not being a spokesperson for white working poor but for political agenda. Similar critique brands Vance a "false prophet." Writing Options for "People Like Us" One. Develop a thesis that analyzes the human inclination for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Homework #10 for 3-29-18: Write a 350-word, 3-paragraph essay that addresses 3 possible objection some might have for Wilson's essay. Use at least 3 signal phrases to cite Wilson's essay. Essay #3 Options Due April 17: You need minimum of 2 sources. This list includes 2 new options that were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework Check for #8 No homework for 3-28: Essay #3 Options with 3 Sources Due 4-23-18 One. Develop a thesis that analyzes the human inclination for staying within the tribe of sameness as explained in David Brooks’ “People Like Us”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Homework for 3-27-18: Write a 350-word, 3-paragraph essay that shows 3 objections some might have for Singer's essay. Use at least 3 signal phrases citing Singer's essay. Essay #3 Options Due April 17: You need minimum of 2 sources. This list includes 2 new options that were added after the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Types of Fragments Homework for 3-22-18: Write a 3-paragraph, 350-word essay that shows 3 objections to Harlan Coben's thesis ("The Undercover Parent" 65). Use at least 3 signal phrases citing Hardin's essay. Essay #3 Options Due April 17: You need minimum of 2 sources. This list includes 2 new options... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Essay #2 Options with Signal Phrases and Works Cited Due 3-26-18 One. In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) from So Good They Can't Ignore You that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer