October 19

Prompt for English 1A Takaki’s “Harmful Myth of Asian Superiority”

As a sociologist, Ronald Takaki, broke ground by dispelling myths by analyzing more closely, the statistics often presented as valid evidence.  Explain Takaki’s overall argument and describe the method he uses to persuade his audience.


Due by 5:45 today.  I will make comments on your work this weekend and we’ll schedule grade conferences next Thursday.


Don’t forget to check back here, Tuesday!  Your Kozol responses look great, by the way.  I am very impressed with your work!

Continue with your next reading.

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October 19

Prompt for English 4 “Everything That Rises Must Converge” 10/29/17

Flannery O’Connor’s tone in this short story is pitch perfect.  Describe how O’Connor creates the narrative’s tone.  How does the author’s tone support the story’s theme (s)?  Use the rhetorical precis format.  If you have time, feel free to expand your response.

Due by 3:45 today.  Please remember to copy your work before you submit!


Read my comments.  We will conference individually during class Thursday on your work and grades thus far.

Don’t forget the Blackboard session on “Battle Royal” during class time Tuesday, the 24th.  I will send out a reminder announcement.

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August 22

Analyzing Voice in “Hold Up” Image

English 4 and English 1A–be sure to include your class and at least a first name and last initial so that I may credit the correct student.

Discovering Voice


Voice is created through conscious choices. In other words, the writer, painter, or musician purposefully chooses his or her “tools” (words, colors, instruments) and uses them in ways that create a certain effect.


You will learn more about this as we look deeper into voice in reading and writing, but always remember that the creation of voice involves conscious choices. As you consider the conscious choices writers, painters, or musicians make, learn to ask yourself some fundamental questions:


  1. What is he/she (or the work) saying? (What does the work mean?)
  2. How do you know? (What evidence can you find in the work to determine the meaning?)
  3. How does he/she do that? (What tools does the writer/painter/musician use to create meaning, and how does he/she use these tools?)



Look at the photo presented and answer questions 1-3 thoroughly here.


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August 17

English 4 and 1A Assignment — Adichie’s Argument Against a Single Story

The Danger of A Single Story: TEDtalk with Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

View the above TEDtalk. You may activate the closed caption service and read along with the talk. As you listen, make note of Adichie’s position. Answer the following questions:
Include your name and class 4 or 1A in your response.

1) How does the author introduce her topic?

2) Why is it relevant that she began in this way?

3) What evidence does she provide to support her position?

4) Apply her reflection to your own experiences. Have you ever rethought your own opinions of a situation or condition? Have you ever had a flat view of other people? If so, explain. Be precise.

Directions: Click the title, then scroll down. You should see a white box titled, “comment”. That’s where you will type your answer. Be sure to copy your work before you click “submit”. Type your email address or at least one that looks like an email address in the blank. You do not need to type a website address on that line; but, you do need to type the spam filter code. Again, be sure to copy and save your work before you submit because sometimes student’s work is lost. Then submit.

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March 9

Response to “Learning to Read” Malcolm X and Alex Haley

San Quentin Testimonies

As you view the video above, consider the similarities between their experiences and Malcolm X’s experience. Then, respond to the following question.

List at least two commonalities between the prisoners and Malcolm X and provide your opinion of their significance to American society. Did the prisoners or Malcolm X reveal insights that we should consider more closely as a country? Explain and be specific.

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