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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March 14

After Reading the “Get ‘Em Out” Article

Background Submit your response below after to write it out on a separate sheet of paper.  Don’t skip this step.  Here’s a copy of the article if you need to review.  Trump Article

View the video in the middle of the article.  Trump gets shaken by a pouncing spectator.


Then, type and submit  a three to four paragraph response to the article and video.  What is your overall reaction?  What opinion do you form about this Presidential race so far?

Cite specific phrases  from the article to support your reaction.  Place your quoted phrases within quotation marks.  Remember, you must provide evidence once you make that assertion.  For instance:

Example:  The Trump rallies are out of control.  Trump’s fans and protestors, who appear way past the fighting stage, get more fired up when he yells, “Get ’em out.”  …

Do you see how I added descriptive information in the middle of that second sentence?  Do a little composing yourself.  Add something descriptive (and true).  Those of you who’ve been out of class, absent, you’ll need to catch up with the sentence composing exercises.  Pick up in class.

Come to class ready to share some more about the election.  Who will win the Super Tuesday votes tomorrow?  How does that change anything?  See you in class.

Here’s the link for sentence composing exercises.  Do not print them or type them. Please write out your answers.

Sentence Composing

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February 22

Class Cancelled Monday–Homework

Hey Guys:
I’m sick😩. Your homework is to read pages 10-18 of the “Introduction”. Create a list of vocabulary that is new for you. Write a response that includes your personal thoughts about this section–choose three quotes to share with the class. I will see you Wednesday. No matter how I feel. Bring your homework to class to turn in. We will discuss your narratives.


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February 10

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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