September 20

For “Inside Out” an excerpt from Francisco Jimenez’ The Circuit

Write a reader response to “Inside Out.”  Be sure to follow the standard format.  You should always start like this:

In “Inside Out”, an excerpt from Francisco Jimenez’s memoir, The Circuit, the narrator … 


Discuss what you think of the narrator’s experience.  What do you empathize with?  Is there a purpose to Jimenez’s telling this particular school narrative?  Is there anything you can relate to and how do you relate?  Feel free to write as much as you like.  Copy your work before you click submit.


September 19

For English 201 PBS Series, Latino Americans: Episode 1 Due Wednesday

Latino Americans Episode 1


For English 201–Due Wednesday–Watch the following video.  Take notes and pause the film when you hear something that interests you or that in some way causes you to say “hhhhmmmm”.  From your notes take at least three points of interest and explain precisely what the item of interest is and what about it makes you pause.  What did it make you think?  Did it make you feel some way?  Do you see a connection between something in your life or in the news?  You need to respond to three points.  Please proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  Due Wednesday.

September 16

Mango Street 3

You will write a response to “Cathy Queen of Cats” or “Our Good Day.”  It must look like this to start:


In Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, the purpose of the vignette, (you choose) “Cathy Queen of Cats” is to show ___________________________.   (Now explain how you know.)  Use evidence from the text.  


In Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, the purpose of the vignette “Cathy Queen of Cats” is to show how some members of society, who aren’t so special themselves, judge others based on race and class.  Cathy, the cat lady, lives in a house full of cats and thinks she’s better than everyone else in the neighborhood, especially the new “bad” people moving in.  She isn’t able to keep friends because she’s so judgmental.  And she uses a reference to a distant relative in France to make her feel better than other people because she has nothing else to make her feel good about herself.  (add as much as you like!)

September 7

Mango Street 2

Choose one golden line from 3 of the vignettes you’ve read so far.   A golden line is one line that stands out to you as significant.  It moved you in some way.  Type the line precisely as it appears in your book.  Place it within quotation marks, and add the page number at the end of the line.  “It should look like this.” (1)    For each golden line, write a short response that answers the following.  Write it in paragraph form.  Why does that line stand out to you? Does it remind you of something in your own experience?  Does it affect you visually?  Can you feel a specific emotion when you read it? You have four responses to write in all.  Once you finish, copy your work, then click “submit”.  Your homework will be found on the Moodle cite tomorrow by midnight.  The due date will be posted on Moodle.  Be sure to check Moodle each day between now and next class to form a habit of checking into your online accounts.