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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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Sentence Fragments Sentence fragments are incomplete thoughts presented as dependent clauses or phrases. A dependent clause or a phrase is never a complete sentence. Types of dependent clauses: Whenever I drive up windy mountains, Because I have craved pizza for 14 months, Unless you add coffee to your chocolate cake... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
Homework #11: Read Adam Gopnik’s “The Caging of America” and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why mass incarceration is America’s greatest scandal. Option Two. Read Jean Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and write an essay that argues for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Breakthrough Writer
October 25 Homework #13: Read Jon Ronson’s “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why Ronson is morally offended that so many people ruined Sacco’s life for her fatuous tweet. Essay #4 Due 11-8-18 You need minimum 2 sources for your... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Critical Thinker
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. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Two. Give People Money by Annie Lowrey Two. Rules for Writers, Eighth edition, edited by Diana Hacker Flat, Pocketed Folder... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #2 Minimum of 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Option A In the context of Alexandra Sifferlin's "The Weight Loss Trap" and Harriet Brown's "The Weight of the Evidence," develop a thesis that addresses the claim that going on a diet is too futile and harmful and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon English 1A Syllabus Spring 2019 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 5 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
“Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” by Jean Twenge Summary One. The phone is the new “chaperone” or evil babysitter for teens. They have retreated into the igloo of their smartphones where they hibernate from life and suffer delayed development. Two. The radical shift of smartphone overuse started in 2012 when... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
10-24 Homework #10: Read Jean Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and write a 3-paragraph essay about the alleged delayed development Millennials face from smartphones and helicopter parents. Essay #4 Due Date: 11-14-18 You need a minimum of 3 sources... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Alexa essay in Atlantic Facebook's Surveillance Machine Three Major Forms Surveillance on Facebook YouTube surveillance video (same as CRISPR people) Tribalism in America UBI video same as above Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon English 1A Syllabus Spring 2019 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 Oct 11, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Daily Beast essay about lost cause Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Sapiens Interior States: Develop a thesis about the conflict between the need for idealism (faith or belief in something greater than oneself) and critical thinking. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
The world was saved by Superman, Clark Kent; Batman, Bruce Wayne; Wonder Woman Diane Prince; Aquaman, Larry Payton; Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner; Super Woman, Wendy Carlson, and Spiderman, Peter Parker. My second favorite pizza is clam; my first favorite pizza... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Herculodge
October 23 Homework #12: Read David Brooks’ “How We Are Ruining America” and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why so many people attacked Brooks for writing a misleading, stupid, deceptive, and grossly wrong-minded essay. Today we will discuss pathos, logos, and ethos as they pertain to making you a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Critical Thinker
I expanded poverty into 6 assignment options: One. Develop an argumentative thesis about the depression and short-term decision making discussed by Linda Tirado's “This Is Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense” and Derek Thompson's “Your Brain on Poverty.”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
10-15 Homework #9: Read Linda Tirado’s famous blog post “This Is Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense,” Barbara Ehrenreich’s “It Is Expensive to be Poor,” and Derek Thompson’s “Your Brain on Poverty” and in a 3-paragraph essay analyze... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
Left-leaning writers hoax the Left in what could be a critical thinking exercise. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
October 16 Peer Edit for Essay #3 and Portfolio Part 1 for 100 points up to Homework #10. Option H In the context YouTube video "This Will Change Everything You Know" and PBS Newshour "Why We Should be More Like Cats and Less Like Dogs," defend, refute, or complicate the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework #10 for October 11: I changed Homework 10 to save you some time and to makes things more clear. I replaced the two long readings on the syllabus for October 11 with two videos. "This Will Change Everything You Know" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39RS3XbT2pU) and PBS Newshour "Why We Should be More... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Critical Thinker
Homework #8: Read Julia Belluz’s “We’re barely using the best tool we have to fight obesity” and in a 3-paragraph essay analyze the causes of Bulluz’s optimism about bariatric surgery. More Sources on Bariatric Surgery New Yorker New York Times... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Breakthrough Writer
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. Is there a "war" on "stupid" people or is the author using hyperbole... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Homework #8: Read Julia Belluz’s “We’re barely using the best tool we have to fight obesity” and in a 3-paragraph essay analyze the causes of Bulluz’s optimism about bariatric surgery. 10-8 Homework #7: Read Leslie Morgan Steiner’s “Who Becomes a Surrogate?” and analyze the tensions between paying parents and paid... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Homework #9: Read Gabrielle Glaser's "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous" and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains why Glaser believes AA is an overrated program. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Critical Thinker