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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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Essay Assignment 2 For a 1,000-word essay, develop an argumentative thesis that addresses Jaron Lanier (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now) and Andrew Sullivan’s claim (“I Used to be a Human Being”) that social media compromises personal excellence, degrades one’s core humanity, and accelerates the disintegration... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Turnitin info 21454001 scaffold 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 Can’t Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and should be replaced... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Breakthrough Writer
Today's Goals Goal 1: Get Turnitin info 21454001 scaffold Goal 2: Look at 2 essay options to get to work immediately on working on Essay #1, which is due on June 24th. (Other essay due dates: 7-1, 7-8, 7-15, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Our psychological underpinnings determine our course of action we take to leave our indelible mark on this world. Our innate psychological profile, perhaps more than free will or human agency, governs our path to what we believe is a meaningful existence that will have a lasting impact on others. I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
We all want to be remembered for something. Preferably, we want to be remembered for something deemed uplifting, useful, helpful, meaningful. We want our brief existence to make a contribution to humanity, yet we don’t want to be grandiose about our claimed contributions. Nor do we want to engage in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
One of the choices I have to make as a college writing instructor is how I decide to spend time in class. My classes are two hours twice a week for my freshman composition classes and 90 minutes twice a week for my critical thinking classes. The traditional way to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Artificial Intelligence Presents Existential Threat to English Professors Recently, I attended an English meeting where one of my colleagues showed us three websites that use algorithms that can paraphrase passages that are not detected by plagiarism-detection software such as turnitin. This same colleague said he had seen a spike in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Canvas Brown Bag Attendance: Top Right Gear Attendance Report Run Report Arrives in inbox Click on link Click on Excel at botton Save As Grades: Export CVS File Dear Humanities Faculty, We are almost to the end of the Spring: thank you for your hard work with our students this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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. Rules for Writers, Eighth edition, edited by Diana Hacker Three. Flat, Pocketed Folder for Your Homework Portfolio Work You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Critical Thinker
English 1A Summer 2019 Syllabus: Section 6333 6-8:50 meets from June 17 to July 25 (Thursday, July 4, is a holiday) Class meets in H206 Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 5:30-6 p.m. in H121P Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
5-30 If we have time, we will cover a Hasan Minhaj essay topic. We will cover Judith Shulevitz’s “Alexa, Should We Trust You?”; Zeynep Tukekci’s “Facebook’s Surveillance Machine”; Siva Vaidhyanthan’s “The Three Major Forces of Surveillance on Facebook”; and video “Safe and Sorry--Terrorism & Mass Surveillance.” 6-4: Peer Edit 6-6... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Essay #5 Due Date: 6-5-19 You need 5 credible sources for the MLA Works Cited page in your final capstone essay. Option One: In context of Alfie Kohn’s “From Degrading to De-Grading,” support, refute, or complicate Alfie Kohn’s assertion that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
5-30 If we have time, we will cover a Hasan Minhaj essay topic. We will cover Judith Shulevitz’s “Alexa, Should We Trust You?”; Zeynep Tukekci’s “Facebook’s Surveillance Machine”; Siva Vaidhyanthan’s “The Three Major Forces of Surveillance on Facebook”; and video “Safe and Sorry--Terrorism & Mass Surveillance.” 6-4: Peer Edit 6-6... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
5-28 Go over Barbara Ehrenreich’s argument in her essay “Why I’m Giving Up Preventative Care.” Homework #18: Based on the following content, develop an argumentative thesis about the role of technology and social media creating a surveillance state. Read Judith Shulevitz’s “Alexa, Should We Trust You?”; Zeynep Tukekci’s “Facebook’s Surveillance... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Critical Thinker
5-23 We will cover “The Coddling of the American Mind” and see the co-author Jonathan Haidt explain his position on Bill Maher’s Real Time. Homework #17: Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay “Why I’m Giving Up Preventative Care” and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains how she defends her position. 5-28 Go... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Critical Thinker
5-23 We will cover “The Coddling of the American Mind” and see the co-author Jonathan Haidt explain his position on Bill Maher’s Real Time. Homework #17: Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay “Why I’m Giving Up Preventative Care” and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains how she defends her position. 5-28 Go... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
5-22 Homework #19: We will cover private school debate, and we will develop a thesis that about the ritualization of violence as described by Steve Almond in his essay “Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?” and his video... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1A Fall 2019 Syllabus 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,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
English 1A Summer 2019 Syllabus: Section 6333 6-8:50 meets from June 17 to July 25 (Thursday, July 4, is a holiday) Class meets in H206 Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 5:30-6 p.m. in H121P Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Books and Materials You Need to Buy for This Class Ten Arguments for Deleting... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
5-21 We will study Paul Bloom’s “Against Empathy” and explore the pros and cons of his position. We will look at Bloom’s video “Why Empathy Is Not the Best Way to Care.” Homework #16: Read “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt and write a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Critical Thinker
5-20 Homework #18 due: Read “Choosing School for My Daughter in a Segregated City” and in a 3-paragraph analyze the crisis of race,class, and structural inequality. For sources, we will look at “Are Private Schools Immoral?” and write a 3-paragraph... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
5-13 Homework #16 due: Read Bryan Caplan’s “The World Might be Better Off Without College for Everyone” and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the validity of his claim. Watch Hasan Minhaj defend affirmative action in the context of Asian... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay 5 Due 6-6-18 This is your Capstone Essay. It requires 3 sources for your Works Cited to get credit. Option A Read Jelani Cobb’s “Black Like Her” and "I Refuse to Rubberneck Rachel Dolezal’s Train Wreck" by Kitanya Harrison and write an essay that supports, refutes, or complicates the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Essay 5 Due 6-6-18 This is your Capstone Essay. It requires 3 sources for your Works Cited to get credit. Option A Read Jelani Cobb’s “Black Like Her” and "I Refuse to Rubberneck Rachel Dolezal’s Train Wreck" by Kitanya Harrison and write an essay that supports, refutes, or complicates the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
5-13 Homework #16 due: Read Bryan Caplan’s “The World Might be Better Off Without College for Everyone” and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the validity of his claim. Watch Hasan Minhaj defend affirmative action in the context of Asian Americans suing Harvard (Netflix Patriotic Act, first episode). Homework #17... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles