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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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4-24 Homework #13 due: Read Richard Florida’s “Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone” and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the validity of Florida’s claim. See Vice Video “Home Sweet Alabama.” Also see PBS myths about immigrants; see US News; see CNBC video. See video “3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago 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 yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
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 So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
4-24 Homework #13 due: Read Richard Florida’s “Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone” and write a 3-paragraph essay that analyzes the validity of Florida’s claim. See Vice Video “Home Sweet Alabama.” Also see PBS myths about immigrants; see US News; see CNBC video. See video “3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 So Good They Can’t... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
4-23-19 If we have time, we will see an essay topic from Hasan Minhaj. Read Alexandra Sifferlin's "The Weight Loss Trap" and explain why it is so difficult to lose weight and keep it off. We will also read Harriet Brown's "The Weight of the Evidence." See Netflix Explained on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
4-17 Homework #11 due: Read Jean Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and write a 3-paragraph essay about the alleged delayed development Millennials face from smartphones and helicopter parents. Show CNN Special Report: Being 13. 4-22 Homework #12 due: Read... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
4-17 Homework #11 due: Read Jean Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and write a 3-paragraph essay about the alleged delayed development Millennials face from smartphones and helicopter parents. Show CNN Special Report: Being 13. 4-22 Homework #12 due: Read Adam Gopnik’s “The Caging of America” and write a 3-paragraph... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
4-17 Homework #11 due: Read Jean Twenge’s “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and write a 3-paragraph essay about the alleged delayed development Millennials face from smartphones and helicopter parents. Show CNN Special Report: Being 13. 4-22 Homework #12 due: Read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Schedule from 4-16-4-23 4-16 Should Community College be Free? Develop an argumentative thesis that addresses the claim that community college should be free. 4-18 Peer Edit for Essay 3 and Portfolio Grading Part 1 4-23 Essay #3 Due Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowry’s Give People... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Against Football Lessons Lesson One See 1 hour 53 minute Frontline League of Denial. It’s also on YouTube for now. Study Questions One. Why does Steve Almond write that something is wrong with him for watching football? Give a diagnosis. Almond is disturbed by denial and rationalization and compartmentalization. All... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
4-15 Essay #3 Due; Read Tristan Harris’ “Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones,” “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds,” and his Ted Talk video. Also see Sherry Turkle’s YouTube video, “Connected, But Alone?” 4-17 Homework #11 due: Read Jean... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
UBI Alone Would be a Way of Gaslighting Americans UBI aspires to be the Tesla of political solutions: sleek, futuristic, hipster, sexy. UBI is the intelligentsia's topic de jour. It’s a way of virtue signalling to the public that you are someone who engages in forward thinking, letting everyone know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Schedule from 4-16-4-23 4-16 Should Community College be Free? Develop an argumentative thesis that addresses the claim that community college should be free. 4-18 Peer Edit for Essay 3 and Portfolio Grading Part 1 4-23 Essay #3 Due Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowry’s Give People... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Upgrade your essay with a specific introduction that has current news items, with punchy language, and with a good sales pitch that frames your cited authors. UBI Lesson #2: Give People Money, Chapters 1-3 Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowrey’s Give People Money, support, refute, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Trying to abate my watch addiction tendencies, I've been immersing myself in mellifluous tunes, as in this piano piece, "Cover Your Tracks": Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Essay #3 Options Due 4-15-19 Option One: In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) from So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowry’s Give People Money, support, refute, or complicate the argument that Universal Basic Income is a necessary implementation for human rights, social order, and permanent unemployment. For other sources: Robert Reich review Read Oren Cass’ “Why a Universal Basic Income Is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Critical Thinker
Default Setting Essay Template for 1,200-word essay 9 Paragraphs, 135 words per paragraph, approx. 1,200 words (1,215 to be exact) Paragraph 1: Attention-getting introduction Paragraph 2: Transition from introduction to argumentative claim (thesis) Paragraphs 3-6: Body paragraphs that give reasons... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
UBI Lesson #2: Give People Money, Chapters 1-3 Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowrey’s Give People Money, support, refute, or complicate the argument that Universal Basic Income is a necessary implementation for human rights, social order, and permanent unemployment. For other sources: Read Oren Cass’ “Why... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Tentative English 1C Fall 2019 Syllabus August 27 Introduction August 29 Sapiens September 3 Sapiens September 5 Sapiens September 10 Introduction & Thesis September 12 Essay 1 Due; Ronnie Coleman September 17 Fyre, Groupthink, & Social Media September 19 Fyre doc Part 2 September 24 Epistocracy September 26 Global warming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Since 2004 when I got my first iMac and iPod, I have been navigating inside the simple Apple ecosystem, convinced that I was in the safest, most efficient technological world possible. I was drinking the Apple Kool-Aid, and then around 2014 I bought my third iMac with i5 processor and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Default Setting Essay Template for 1,200-word essay 9 Paragraphs, 135 words per paragraph, approx. 1,200 words (1,215 to be exact) Paragraph 1: Attention-getting introduction Paragraph 2: Transition from introduction to argumentative claim (thesis) Paragraphs 3-6: Body paragraphs that give reasons for supporting your claim. Paragraphs 7 & 8: Counterarguments in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #4 Due Date: 5-6-18 You need a minimum of 3 sources for your Works Cited page. Option One: Read Tristan Harris’ “Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones,” “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds,” and his Ted Talk video. Then develop a thesis that evaluates the validity of his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #3 Due 4-23-19 In the context of Annie Lowry’s Give People Money, support, refute, or complicate the argument that Universal Basic Income is a necessary implementation for human rights, social order, and permanent unemployment. For other sources: Robert Reich review Read Oren Cass’ “Why a Universal Basic Income Is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Critical Thinker