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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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Where I Succeed One. I can teach making an argumentative claim that requires an informed opinion that examines both sides of a controversial topic. Two. I can teach making counterarguments and rebuttals. Three. I can teach transition links between paragraphs. Four. I can teach using signal phrases to alert the... Continue reading
Posted 47 minutes ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Hannah Nikole Jones on 1619. Interesting piece on divorce and remarriage. Vox reports conservative opposition to 1619 Project. Have students write an argumentative essay about this. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Agenda Items 1A health 21971181 1C salubrious 21971245 Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon English 1C Syllabus Fall 2019 Chromebooks Cart I is in H224 (your 1A are Cart A in H319A) Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 2:30-3:45 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1 and 3:30-4:15 Materials You Need for This Class: One. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Two.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Critical Thinker
August 26 to December 11 Office Hours: Monday & Wed: 2:15-3:45; 5:30-6 Tuesday & Thursday: 12:15-1; 3:30-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You Need to Buy for This Class Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Haunted by a girl who was ostracized in high school and known to most only as "Tasmanian Devil," I sit down to tell her story and how I came to write a song about her. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Life is at its essence the ongoing struggle to move the needle. Something inside us or in the hostile external world or in the corrupt political environment must be not only be shaken but mightily pushed into a direction that promises hope, progress, and overall improvement of some sickly condition.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay #5 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Your guidelines for your Final Research Paper are as follows: This research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, provable,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #5 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Your guidelines for your Final Research Paper are as follows: This research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, provable,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #5 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Your guidelines for your Final Research Paper are as follows: This research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, provable, and contestable—in other words, the thesis should offer a clear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #5 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Your guidelines for your Final Research Paper are as follows: This research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, provable,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #5 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Your guidelines for your Final Research Paper are as follows: This research paper should present a thesis that is specific, manageable, provable, and contestable—in other words, the thesis should offer a clear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Suggested Outlines for Essay #4 Outline #1 Surrogacy Paragraph 1: Introduce the subject of surrogacy with an attention-getting surrogacy nightmare scenario. There are too many to count, so just choose one or two for your introduction. Paragraph 2: Transition to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
In Peter Beinart's "What the Measles Epidemic Really Says About America," we have an excellent analysis of how the measles epidemic points to a larger breakdown of American society. This is a compelling work that relates to essay assignment on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Suggested Outline for Argumentative Essay on Surrogacy Outline #1 Paragraph 1: Introduce the subject of surrogacy with an attention-getting surrogacy nightmare scenario. There are too many to count, so just choose one or two for your introduction. Paragraph 2: Transition to your thesis in which you agree or disagree with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
1A Agenda 7-8-19: Essay Options and Suggested Outlines for Essay #4: Public Shaming and For-Profit Surrogacy; Sentence Fragments Homework for July 9 is to read David Brooks’ Atlantic essay “People Like Us” and explain why we gravitate people who share... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment 3 Option A: In a 1,000-word essay, compare Dr. David Pilgrim’s Jim Crow Museum explanation of Jim Crow laws of yesterday to Childish Gambino’s exploration in “This Is America” to Jim Crow exploitation today. You may consult “Hidden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment 3 Option A: In a 1,000-word essay, compare Dr. David Pilgrim’s Jim Crow Museum explanation of Jim Crow laws of yesterday to Childish Gambino’s exploration in “This Is America” to Jim Crow exploitation today. You may consult “Hidden Meanings” video, Dr. Lori Brooks’ Hidden Meanings video, “Childish Gambino’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Homework for 6-26: Read Lanier pages 39-76 and in 3 paragraphs explain how social media makes us terrible versions of ourselves. Essay Assignment 2 For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Material from Adam Alter's Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked One. How does “Never Get High on Your Own Supply” pertain to Steve Jobs? Adam Alter is making the point that even as Steve Jobs wallowed in the glory of making the greatest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon English 1C Syllabus Fall 2019 Chromebooks Cart I is in H224 (your 1A are Cart A in H319A) Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 2:30-3:45 Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1 and 3:30-4:15 Materials You Need for This Class: One. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Two.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
August 26 to December 11 Office Hours: Monday & Wed: 2:15-3:45; 5:30-6 Tuesday & Thursday: 12:15-1; 3:30-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You Need to Buy for This Class Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier Rules for Writers, 8th Edition by Diana Hacker... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Homework for 6-25: Read Lanier pages 1-39 and in 3 paragraphs explain how social media destroys free will. Homework for 6-26: Read Lanier pages 39-76 and in 3 paragraphs explain how social media makes us terrible versions of ourselves. Horns... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer