October 14

Response to Minority Report: Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath


After reading the Green Family’s story (last week) and learning about what happened to the most vulnerable people living in that area, please respond with your thoughts and opinions about:


  1. What conditions do you think allowed for the devastation?  How was it possible for so many people to be hurt in this way by a natural disaster everyone saw coming?  (Think about how a disaster might affect the people in this community)
  2. Take at least three quotes from Jay-Z and Neyo’s song, “Minority Report” and a) explain what you think it means and b) why is this relevant (important) for reader’s to understand?
  3. Make a prediction.  If we had a devastating earthquake here in the Bay Area, how do you think the people living in Walnut Creek would be affected?  What about the people living in Alameda?  What about the people living in East Oakland or South Hayward?




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October 3

Thesis Paragraph English 269 for Wednesday, October 5

Decide what topic you wish to write about.  Remember in class we brainstormed and came up with examples:  1) women 2) class 3) ethnicity 4) education.

Write a thesis paragraph that begins with your statement with topic + your opinion.  Then include your evidence from the book.  It can be a quote or an event.

Example:   In House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros questions the role of women in Latino culture.  In “My Name”, the narrator, Esperanza, imagines a new name for herself.  She says she was named for her aunt who was born in the “Chinese year of the Horse”.  She says her aunt was bad luck because that’s what the Chinese believed about women born in that year.  Then, Esperanza says the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don’t like “their women strong.”  She calls that a “Chinese lie” to show how much she disagrees with the way she believes Chinese and Mexican culture prefer women to act weak.

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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.


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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.

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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!)

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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.

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August 26

Your Connections

Think about the Umoja and Adelante concepts of  1) Ethic of Love;  2) Recognizing Diaspora, and; 3) Power of Language.   

Choose one of these concepts and apply it to your own experience.  How does it fit into your education?  If it doesn’t how could it?  Write as much as you like.  Copy your work before you “submit” or you may lose it.

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May 2

Response to The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, The Atlantic


Type a reader response to the article.  Post your response here.  Be sure you first include all the (soapstone information [subject, occasion, audience, purpose, article’s title, speaker persona, and tone]).  That might be your first paragraph.  (Don’t forget to use your appositive sentence structures to add extra information.

The remaining paragraph (s) should include your analysis based on specific details presented in the article.  Proofread your work and copy before submitting.  This is due before the end of class.

You may next begin work on your Patterns activities.  Those are due before class Wednesday.


Here’s the Patterns assignment:


First, turn in your homework. I need all of your written response to Wednesday’s article.

Go to:





If you do not have an account, create one.


After you create your account, complete the following exercises in preparation for completing your research paper.


#849. MLA: Avoiding plagiarism



#845. MLA: Summarizing sources



#761 Choosing effective thesis statements



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March 29

Homework March 29, 2016

Type a reader response to the article.  What lines stand out to you and why.  Include at least three quotes and analyze why they struck a chord with you as a reader.  Did the words remind you of another situation in real life?  What about something you’ve already read?  Is it significant that Dawson is Latina?  Why or why not?  Remember to copy your work so you don’t lose it.

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