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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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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
Blue Book Exam for Week 16: Two Part, Monday and Wednesday Addressing at least 2 of the essays on poverty, class, and unemployment, including Linda Tirado's famous blog post, write a 5-paragraph essay that supports or refutes the argument that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Purdue Owl MLA Works Cited for Kindle, eBooks, PDF, Etc. 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Fast Food Nation Lessons Lesson One Essay Assignment Schlosser aims to show that the domination of the fast food business in American society is a predatory agency that results in exploitation, dehumanization, a cultural dumbing-down, dysfunctional, overly-business-friendly government, urban sprawl, and poor physical health. Is he convincing in his damning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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 Nov 22, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
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 Out Culture, 4rd Edition, edited by James Miller Rules for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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 Nov 16, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
PBS Subprime Education Purdue Owl MLA Electronic Sources A YouTube Video Video and audio sources need to be documented using the same basic guidelines for citing print sources in MLA style. Include as much descriptive information as necessary to help readers understand the type and nature of the source you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Critical Thinker
4 essay assignments to turn in between now and the end of the semester: Writing Assignment #1: November 30: Blue Book Exam #1 for Lower Ed Writing Assignment #2: December 7: Peer Edit for Final Essay #5 Writing Assignment #3: December 12: Final Essay #5 Due Writing Assignment #4: December... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 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 Nov 15, 2017 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 Nov 14, 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. Materials for Blue Book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 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