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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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Replace veggie burger essay in 1C with “Cream” by Haruki Murakami. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Here is 1C Schedule for remainder of Spring 2020: Essay #2 (1,000 words) Minimum of 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Choice A Watch Netflix documentary Ronnie Coleman: The King. Considered to be the greatest bodybuilder of all time, Coleman is now on crutches, faces a lifetime of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Study of “Workism Is Making Americans Miserable” by Derek Thompson Workism Cult Defined Thompson observes that Americans have been suckered into becoming members of an identity cult. This cult he calls workism. Thompson writes: The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Critical Thinker
More Essay Strategies for Deleting Social Media Accounts Essay Due March 30, 2020 Writing Question: Using Your Homework to Support Your Essay's Thesis Can I as a student use my homework assignments for my introduction and/or body paragraphs of my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
“How America Ends” Essay Strategies Part 1 Choice C Essay #2 (1,000 words) Due April 7 Minimum of 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Read Yoni Appelbaum’s essay “How America Ends” and develop an argumentative thesis about the role of massive demographic shifts on American democracy. I will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Critical Thinker
Should Community Colleges Use Their Parking Lots to House the Homeless? Choice B for Essay 2, Due April 7, 2020 Read LA Times editorial “Why not let homeless college students park in campus lots?” and develop an argumentative thesis that addresses the claim that community colleges are acting in students’... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Critical Thinker
Should Community Colleges Use Their Parking Lots to House the Homeless? Choice B Read LA Times editorial “Why not let homeless college students park in campus lots?” and develop an argumentative thesis that addresses the claim that community colleges are acting in students’ best interests by providing sleeping spaces in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Critical Thinker
Three Sample Thesis Statements That Address the Argument That We Must Delete Our Social Media Accounts Overview of the Essay Topic Essay Assignment For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Options & Strategies for Essay #2, Deadline of April 7, 2020 (Includes Bonus Options for Fans of Black Panther Movie) Essay #2 (1,000 words) Minimum of 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Choice A Watch Netflix documentary Ronnie Coleman: The King. Considered to be the greatest bodybuilder... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Critical Thinker
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal excellence, degrades one’s core humanity, and accelerates the disintegration of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal excellence, degrades one’s core humanity, and accelerates the disintegration of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal excellence, degrades one’s core humanity, and accelerates the disintegration of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay Assignment 2 due on March 30 with 2 sources for Works Cited: For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) that social media compromises personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
March 3 Cover the Agricultural Revolution. Homework #5: Read Sapiens to page 159 and in 200 words explain how “imagined orders and hierarchies” resulted in “unfair discrimination.” March 5 Logical Fallacies and Signal Phrase review; Go over Sapiens to page 200. March 10 Chromebook In-Class Objective: Write first half of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Critical Thinker
Sorry, Stan, after my twins were born and I saw them snapping antennas on my vintage radios, I backed off the hobby. Then I started filling my rooms with Amazon Echo products, and now the only radio I use everyday is my kettlebell workout garage: Sangean U1 Worksite radio, over 10 years old and going strong.
Essay Option A: Suggested Outline with Sample Thesis: Paragraph 1: Write a cautionary tale of someone who followed the Passion Hypothesis or simply define the Passion Hypothesis. Paragraph 2: Make a claim or argument in defense or refutation of Newport's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
March 3 Cover the Agricultural Revolution. Homework #5: Read Sapiens to page 159 and in 200 words explain how “imagined orders and hierarchies” resulted in “unfair discrimination.” March 5 Logical Fallacies and Signal Phrase review; Go over Sapiens to page 200. March 10 Chromebook In-Class Objective: Write first half of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
March 3 Cover the Agricultural Revolution. Homework #5: Read Sapiens to page 159 and in 200 words explain how “imagined orders and hierarchies” resulted in “unfair discrimination.” March 5 Logical Fallacies and Signal Phrase review; Go over Sapiens to page 200. March 10 Chromebook In-Class Objective: Write first half of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Critical Thinker
I finally started dating when I was in my mid-twenties. My first girlfriend noticed that I was enamored by a particularly neurotic comedian named Richard Lewis. He specialized in neediness, desperation, alienation, pessimism, and general morbidity. My first girlfriend noticed that not only did I have a special fondness for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Leaving Anhedonia
A young man in his early twenties goes to the beach, looks up at the sky and says, “God, help me find meaning.” God says, “Look at the rocks about you and pick them up, study the bottom of them, and eventually you will find that one of them has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay #1 (1,000 words) You need minimum 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Choice A Read Tad Friend’s New Yorker online article “Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?” and look at two opposing camps on the role of alternative protein sources as a viable replacement for meat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay 1 Options for Essay 1 Due on March 9 and needs 2 sources for Works Cited Option 1: In an essay of 1,000 words, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s claim from his book excerpt from So Good They... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #1 (1,000 words) You need minimum 2 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. Choice A Read Tad Friend’s New Yorker online article “Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?” and look at two opposing camps on the role of alternative protein sources as a viable replacement for meat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Critical Thinker