The Price of Nice Nails–New York Times series

Reader Response.

  • Scroll down to the bottom and find the empty space where you type your response.
  • Remember to copy your work before you hit “submit.”
  • You only need to include an email address to submit your response.
  • Type a response to the article:

Summarize it briefly.  Then, share some of your thoughts about the piece.  What was your original reaction?  What surprised you?  What affected you most?  Can you think of any solutions to the problems presented in the article?

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Assignment, English 102 A/B, February 3, 2016

Due Monday:


1)  Copy and paste this address into your browser and create an account using your email address.

102 B students, create account and complete assessment.  

Also, read this article from the New York Times and come ready to discuss it along with “Fish Cheeks.”


Write down notes on the article for discussion purposes.  Find five quotes to share with classmates.

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Potluck and Final Announcement.

Hey, hey!  So, we have no class Monday.  I will see you again Wednesday at noon in the LC.    We’ll snack while we take our test.  Wednesday at noon!

Let’s not get too fancy.  Just bring something small to share.  I’ll provide the snack plates.  Ok, see you then.


Let’s meet in the LC at 12:00.  And have a little music and enjoy ourselves.

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Homework–Finish Soapstone

Write a response that summarizes this section of the chapter.  Response should be three paragraphs.  Each paragraph should contain at least on quote from the text (book).  Following the quote you should explain why this quote is relevant.  Write it on paper to turn in.

Review sentence combining with these exercises.  Do them.  If you do not score at least 90–keep studying until you do.

Review of argument–



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Final Practice

Watch this video–then do this exercise.  Do the test at the end.  (1-10)


Then, do this exercise.



Then, do this exercise.

You must earn a 100 before moving on.  Do the exercise over if you need to. Read the “tips” if you get confused on any one question.


Once you finish these spelling exercises, write a reflection in the comment section of this post.  Answer this:

1)  What part of these two exercises was “old news” for you?   2)  What was “new news” for you?  In other words, what did you learn?  Did anything surprise you?  Please proofread your work before submitting it.


Now, open your books to respond to the next review item.  :)

Turn to page 105.  Let’s read.  “The Stolen Bag of Chips.”

Take out a sheet of paper to take notes for completing a soapstone chart.


What’s it about? Everything you know about the topic. (who, what, when, where, why and how?

When and why was it written?


Who is the target audience? Who do you think they want to read or hear this text?

(convince, argue, suggest, explain, support…)

What is speaker trying to achieve? What do they want to happen after a person reads this?

Describe person who’s speaking—everything you know about her/him. Is the speaker professional? A grown up? A working-class person? A teacher?

What attitude does the speaker illustrate?

Few tone words: angry, passionate, solemn, reflective, sarcastic, ironic, joyful, indignant, condescending, dispassionate, detached, gleeful, mournful, reverent, aloof, guilty, aggressive, bombastic, academic…

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Reading Questions for Chapter 5 (page 97)

You must be very careful when submitting your answers.  Follow this procedure.

  • click the title of the post.
  • scroll down to the bottom to locate the “comment” space.
  • enter your name
  • enter a readable email
  • type your answers
  • COPY YOUR WORK BEFORE SUBMITTING–students have lost work because the site is slow sometimes.


a.  Define Rios’ term, “organic capital.”

b.  What is meant by a “resistance identity?”  How is it useful to the boys in the study?


c.  What sense does “going dumb” make to anyone looking from the outside in?  Can you think of other real examples where this sort of phenomena occurs?


d.  Why did Ronny think he had done well in his interview?




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Reading Questions in Preparation for Socratic Seminar

Turn to chapter 4. Use your text to answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.

1. “Police officers constantly placed young men in this [gang] database.” (78)

What Amendment in the Bill of Rights does this seem to violate? What do you think about this practice?

2. Turn to page 77 where Spider describes the attack on his block. It starts, “I was kicking it in front of my house with some homies and stuff…”.

Answer each question on that passage:

1. a) Cite examples where Spider’s language is “informal”.

b) What is the effect of his speaking language? What does his speaking language tell the reader about Spider? Be Specific.



Watch these two videos and note 3 details/pieces of evidence from each to use in our Socratic Seminar.




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Homework Due Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Here is the link to the Exercise Central Website.

Please go here, click “Sentence Grammar”, then “Subject-Verb Agreement”, then “Correcting Errors in Subject Verb Agreement.” Complete exercise 141.

Then, go back to opening page.

From the opening page, click “Mechanics and Spelling,” then, “Capitalization,” then “Capitalization with titles.” Complete exercise 66.

Read Chapter 4 closely and prepare for Socratic Seminar on Wednesday. Everyone will receive a participation grade for their work in the Socratic Seminar. So, in other words, have something to say!

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Chapter Four of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys

You will be responding today to chapter four of our text. You may work with a partner or you may work alone. Take out a sheet of paper. Follow the directions.

* Turn to chapter 4. The page for my electronic edition is page 73. On a separate sheet of paper, write the answers to these questions.

1) What is your interpretation of the title of this chapter? In other words, what exactly does Rios mean.

(Please use the question to lead you to write your answer. For instance, “I interpret the title of this chapter as Rios suggesting that … ”

Answer then explain why you wrote what you wrote.

2) What is the purpose for Rios in writing this chapter? What is he trying to achieve? Be specific.

3) Find three excerpts of at least two lines that strike you as packed with meaning. Make a little evidence interpretation chart on your paper and interpret the quote.

4) Check out this explanation of the Bill of Rights (the ten rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution):

After reading them, try to recall any instances where the boys in the text had their rights violated by an authority figure. Discuss with your partner. Write out your answer.

Finally, imagine yourself in Spider’s situation. How do you think you would have or would respond if placed in the same environment with the same expectations?

Watch this preview video and read this article. Come back ready to have Socratic Seminar on mass incarceration.

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