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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@frontier.com
Interests: reading, kettlebell workouts, ketogenic diet, religion.
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WeWork Captured Millennial Id Study Guide Study Guide for “How WeWork Has Perfectly Captured the Millennial Id” by Laura Bliss and “WeWork’s Adam Neumann Is the Most Talented Grifter of Our Time” by Derek Thompson Facade of Hipster Lifestyle and Meaningful Connections New generations of workers are “meaning junkies,” they... Continue reading
Posted 19 minutes ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Millennials Became the Burnout Generation Study Guide Study Guide for Anne Helen Petersen’s “How the Millennials Became the Burnout Generation,” Part 1 The Contradiction There is much talk about the newer generations, Millennials and subsequent ones of being spoiled, coddled snowflakes who lack basic development. Two notable works are the... Continue reading
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Workism Is Making Americans Miserable Study Guide Study Guide for Derek Thompson’s “Workism Is Making Americans Miserable,” Part 1 Leisure Time Has Become an Obsolescent Idea Derek Thompson begins his essay by observing that leisure time was supposed to be a significant benefit of success, that the college-educated worker could... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Lecture on the following for Workism: Spiritual counseling is a smokescreen for Groupthink and conformity (fitting in with the corporate culture) Corporate Maternalism Workism Toxic Positivity Fake spirituality in tech industry Fake Mission and Purpose in tech industry Loneliness in America Deep Work: Is Cal Newport guilty or does he... Continue reading
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Work Pray Code Study Guide Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley Part 1 Work as a Religious Community Carolyn Chen writes that work has become the new religion, a place where employees go to find meaning, transcendence, and deep connections with others. There are consequences to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Critically Thinking About the Chimera by contrasting and Comparing 2 Works Choose one of the following: Pair #1: “The Swimmer” and “Winter Dreams” Develop an argumentative thesis that addresses how Neddy Merrill in “The Swimmer” and Dexter Green in “Winter Dreams” succumb to their chimeras resulting in the loss of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A: Essay 3 is to use Jaron Lanier's book as support for Jonathan Haidt's thesis. Is Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art a powerful primer on overcoming procrastination or a hyped screed larded with exaggeration, magical thinking, and self-evident cliches? English 1C: Essay 1: Dieting and Gun Control as... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Writing Effective Paragraphs Since paragraphs are the building blocks of our essays, we should ask ourselves: What makes a strong, effective paragraph? Salience First, a paragraph should be salient, meaning the writer is addressing a topic that is remarkable, meaningful,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
The Jordan Peele Effect I’m Sick of Black Trauma Porn The Exploitation of Trauma in the Film/TV Industry The Danger of Using Black Trauma in Entertainment Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Writing Effective Paragraphs Since paragraphs are the building blocks of our essays, we should ask ourselves: What makes a strong, effective paragraph? Salience First, a paragraph should be salient, meaning the writer is addressing a topic that is remarkable, meaningful, relevant, and timely. When writers are salient and relevant by... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
If McMahon Were Writing Essay 4, This Would be His Outline: Paragraph 1, define The Sunken Place Paragraph 2, Thesis: Argue that The Sunken Place is a critique, not of Southern Jim Crow racism, but of white liberal racism in... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
If McMahon Were Writing Essay 4, This Would be His Outline: Paragraph 1, define The Sunken Place Paragraph 2, Thesis: Argue that The Sunken Place is a critique, not of Southern Jim Crow racism, but of white liberal racism in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
Building Block #1 Worth 25 points and due on May 25 Writing Your Introduction Paragraph as an Extended Definition of the Sunken Place Purpose of Formative Assessment: To build your Essay 4 with your introductory paragraph. Objectives: Write an introductory paragraph with a single-sentence definition followed by an extended definition... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #4: The Sunken Place in Get Out (200 points; due June 10) Essay is in two parts; Part 1 is 4 pages and Part 2 is about a page. First Part of Your Essay (about 4 pages) Develop an... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
Breaking Down the Movie into Its Parts Shame of black culture by instilling code-switching (see Atlanta episode) Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts Gaslighting: “Don’t trust your senses. I’ll tell you what the reality is.” Learned Helplessness Unintentional Vs. Intentional Racism, Atlanta, Sylvia the Nanny Fear the Cling to Power... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #4: The Sunken Place in Get Out (200 points; due June 10) Essay is in two parts; Part 1 is 4 pages and Part 2 is about a page. First Part of Your Essay (about 4 pages) Develop an... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
May 4 and May 9: We will try to finish Essay 3 in the Computer Lab H103. Why Do We Study the Redemption of Phil Connors and Jeff Henderson? To Escape Our Mental Straight Jackets In my college writing class... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
1C Revised Essay Assignments for Lecture Essay 1: Dieting Is a Fool’s Errand (same) Essay 2: Workism and Groupthink Compromise Critical Thinking and Exploits Employees The Assignment Read Derek Thompson's essay "The Religion of Workism Is Making Americans Miserable." Then compare the idea of Workism to one or more of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
8-27 to 12-16 1A 4605 Online 1A 4606 Online 1C Monday and Wednesday 10:15-12:20 1C Monday and Wednesday 2:15-4:20 Office: 12:20-1:20 1A Zoom hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:15 Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Review Outline for Comparing Jeff Henderson and Phil Connors Paragraph 1, summarize the memoir Cooked by Jeff Henderson with a focus on Henderson’s character arc or personality transformation Paragraph 2, summarize the movie Groundhog Day with a focus on Phil Connors’ character arc or personality transformation Paragraph 3, your thesis:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Sample Thesis Statements for Essay 3 Sample #1 Trapped in a recurring cycle of hedonism and nihilism, Phil Connors and Jeff Henderson have to “clean their room,” which entails taking an unflinching moral inventory, letting go of their egotistical delusions,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1A Essay Assignment Read Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Jonathan Haidt’s essay “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid” and develop an argumentative thesis that connects the forces of autocracy with the forces of dehumanization. Barbara T. Walter’s book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Read Jonathan Rauch’s book The Constitution of Knowledge, Jonathan Haidt’s essay “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” and watch the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. Then develop an argument that addresses the following claim: The “epistemic crisis” in which Americans live in different “reality... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2022 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
How to Use the Crucible and Entropy in Your Essay To refresh your memory, here is a suggested essay outline: Suggested Outline for Comparing Jeff Henderson and Phil Connors Paragraph 1, summarize the memoir Cooked by Jeff Henderson with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer
1A Essay 3 (Essay Worth 200 Points): Can a Genius Redirect His Passions Toward Moral and Professional Excellence? Due as an upload on May 11. The Assignment: From Jeff Henderson’s memoir Cooked and the movie Groundhog Day, compare the purgatory... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at Breakthrough Writer