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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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Summarizing Sources “A summary restates the main idea of a passage in concise terms” A typical summary is one or two sentences. A summary does not contain your opinions or analysis. Paraphrasing Sources A paraphrase, which is longer than a summary, contains more details and examples. Sometimes you need to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
Essay Options Essay 1 for 150 points: 1,400 words typed and 3 sources: Hard copy and turnitin upload due no later than start of class on March 1: Option One Comparing at least 3 stories from Lasdun’s collection, develop an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Nice watch. Good wrist presence. I just wish it had sapphire, not mineral crystal.
The Professor in the Cage Lesson #2 with Steve Almond’s Anti-NFL Essay Final Capstone Essay Five for 200 Points: Jonathan Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage: Option 1 In the context of Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, develop an argumentative thesis about the relationship between masculinity and ritualized violence.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
Professor in the Cage Lesson #1 Essay One for 150 Points Based on Choosing One of the Following Options Option 1 In the context of Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, develop an argumentative thesis about the relationship between masculinity and ritualized violence. Your essay should be 1,000 words and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Critical Thinker
Evaluating Sources You must assess six things to determine if a source is worthy of being used for your research paper. The author’s objectivity or fairness (author is not biased) The author’s credibility (peer reviewed, read by experts) The source’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Professor in the Cage Lesson #1 Essay One for 150 Points Based on Choosing One of the Following Options Option 1 In the context of Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, develop an argumentative thesis about the relationship between masculinity and ritualized violence. Your essay should be 1,000 words and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Critical Thinker
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. Course Catalog Description: This course focuses on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay Options Essay 1 for 150 points: 1,400 words typed and 3 sources: Hard copy and turnitin upload due no later than start of class on March 1: Option One Comparing at least 3 stories from Lasdun’s collection, develop an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1A Syllabus for McMahon’s Spring 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1A One. Cooked and the essay "Love People, Not Pleasure" by Arthur C. Brooks. Two. I started reading Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle and I love Turkle but the material is too familiar to me. I can't do it. Perhaps make essays 2-5 from Acting Out Culture. Essays 3-5:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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Rare, coveted, and often overpriced on eBay by greedy sellers, the Seiko Sawtooth Blue Wave SHC057P1 was a sort of casual grail of mine over the years. A seller asked a reasonable price, had the watch in mint condition, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Herculodge
Essay One I'm thinking the first assignment would be to apply Pascal's notion of how we prefer image to substance and the resulting torment and moral dissolution and loneliness and solipsism in a comparison of the following in this order: The Other Woman Bartleby, the Scrivener Winter Dreams; Also another... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay One: The Professor in the Cage Essay Two: Comparing Submission with "Bartleby, the Scrivener" Essays Three and Four: Online current events Essay Five: This Boy's Life and "The Overcoat" Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 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 Jan 25, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Lesson Two: Masculine Maladaptation and Nihilism 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Critical Thinker
This Boy’s Life Lessons Lesson One for This Boy’s Life: Pursuit of the Chimera 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."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
You can talk about how the universalist is putting lipstick on a pig, the pig being the infernalist position, which many argue is immoral, cowardly, hateful, and odious, the platform for one of the world’s dominant religions. You can read Maggie Rowe’s memoir Sin Bravely and agree that she hates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Leaving Anhedonia
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 Jan 19, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Mike Manderlin is as extraordinary at the piano as he is abysmal at handling life’s daily challenges evidenced by his inability to countenance a trip to a port-o-potty without going into debilitating depression that requires several weeks in bed while listening to motivational podcasts and reading selected passages from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
When Mike Manderlin was a high school freshman inspecting the Castro Valley High football team’s weight room for the first time, he felt entitled, perhaps because he was a national Junior Olympic Weightlifting champion, to make harsh criticisms of the gym’s dumbbell deficits and ergonomic defects. Senior linebacker Erik Simonson... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Put On Your Big Boy Pants