Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Homework was to read up to page 39, the end of the first section and to respond to one letter and identify and post one argument and its evidence here.
If you went to the event today, Books not Bars not Death in the Student Lounge F-Bldg., you can post a response to that also (three paragraphs or 250 words would be great).
I have made copies of the first section of the book. I will put them outside my office Monday, March 3. Only one person came to my office today to get copies. Bring your copies of Children of the Movement to class Monday, March 3.
You are responsible for your education. Come to class on time and stay the entire time. Remain focused and serious. Find a copy of the book at the library or like Raymond did, come to my office to make copies from my book. Stay on top of your assignments and if you need help get it in the Learning Resource Center where there is free tutoring and writing assistance for those who ask Monday-Saturday.
If you didn't respond to the Baldwin essay, and only three students did, the assignment is still due. Post it.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
This afternoon, I changed strategies. We divided the essay into 7 parts and broke into pairs where students read the section and summarized their part. We then reported back. It still took a lot of time. We went over a few minutes, but students said it helped a lot.
Baldwin uses sophisticated vocabulary. He also references people you might not know like Booker T. Washington and Bayard Rustin. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with them, if you want a deeper understanding of the text.
Homework for the early class was to complete the Cyber-Assignment on the Baldwin essay given last week. The homework for the afternoon class was to respond to the freewrite: What is James Baldwin's essay "Martin Luther King" about? Identify three arguments in an essay. The essay needs to be 250 words minimally. Below is a sample essay I wrote as a freewrite. (You can fill in the blanks :-)
In James Baldwin's essay...he writes about... He surveys the development of MLK Jr.'s leadership and implies that Martin King comes to his role naturally, given his grandfather's leadership in the NAACP and his achievements which surpasses the expectations his family probably had for him, especially his dad.
Baldwin characterizes the South as a place to fear, and his admiration of King is viewed through a lens that King was drawn to his work becasue he loved the South and his people. He could find no other powerful a motive than this. King's love, perhaps even naivete was addressed in this essay repeatedly, an inference one could detect when Baldwin was most moved by his young friends grief and disappointment. An example of this is when King is accused of stealing from his organization. Another is when he is almost killed by a fan at a book signing.
Though he extolls his friend's virtues, Baldwin also criticizes him. He calls King into question when he abandons Bayard Rustin, one of his key organizers in the Civil Rights Movement. I think this was a great disappointment to Baldwin. He addresses the potential of black leadership, or rather, measures or takes its temperature as he conludes the essay with a forecast of what American can expect as it moves towards "[t]he possiblity of liberation which is always real is also always painful, since it involves such an overhauling of all that gave us our identity" (657).
You can post your assignment here. Also, read to page 18 in Letters. If you don't have the book. make a friend and photocopy the first 20 or so pages.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
February 20...count down to Spring
Afterwards we went upstairs and read from Letters from Mississippi. We looked at the arguments or conclusions and what assertions or claims supported such reasoning. In the afternoon class, after we discussed Eyes on the Prize, we read a little farther in the book and discussed what the central idea was in each letter. We couldn't leave out references to the times; however, we saw connections between then and now. The analogy was crime on Oakland streets and the mayor's proposed solution: more police.
I defined conclusion and argument for the students. I'll post what I wrote here later. I will copy the definitions as a handout for Monday's class. Students also received an essay by James Baldwin, which looked at the writer's first meeting with MLK Jr. (There are copies outside my office.)
Read the essay and respond in a three paragraph essay, minimally. What is Baldwin's impression of Martin King? Why was he surprised that King affected him so?
You can post the essay here.
The play has been extended. Next Thursday, Feb. 28, there are only 9 seats, so I would like to arrange our trip for March 8 instead. Is this agreeable? Let me know via email if you'd like to go and how many tickets you'd like.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
English 201 Reflection
Wednesday, the 10-12 class will meet at the library for an hour library orientation and then we'll go upstairs to talk about "Letters from Mississippi." Bring your books. Also, bring Baldwin's book.
Sonny's Blues Field Trip
I want to go to see the play "Sonny's Blues" at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre this month before it closes. I was thinking of Thursday, February 28, 8 p.m.
Homework, due February 19
The two segments you will see on Sunday are: "Mississippi America" and "Bridge to Freedom." As you reflect on that era, consider what social justice issues and policies have changed and what remains the same.
Again, respond to another student's essay response by Wednesday, February 20.
Ouida Barnett Atkins Cyber essay
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Cyber Assignment for Anne Reeb due 2/11
Planning Sheet recap
What is the topic of your paper?
Who is your audience?
What is your purpose?
What question do you want you essay to answer?
What will be your main writing strategy?
Major point 1
Major point 2
and so on...
We are going to the library Wednesday, February 13, 1:30 to 3 p.m. We will meet in the classroom first.
Cyber Assignment for My Dungeon Shook
Monday, February 04, 2008
Cyber Assignment for MLK III
In class today we went over a grammar quiz. Visit www.grammarbook.com. After we corrected the sentences, we then had a discussion using Hacker's Rules for Writers to locate an explanation for the error. We had a lot of fun and several students are skilled grammarians. For those students who had difficulties, this exercise was an opportunity to learn where you are weakest so you can start studying in that area. I suggested that students do the grammar refresher work in the Writing Center (L-234), just in case you get stuck; someone is there who can help you.
I handed out another essay from Children of the Movement: "Ben Cheney and Angela Lewis." Ben's brother James Earl Cheney was murdered along with two other Civil Rights Workers, the Summer of '64. It really scarred Ben. On Channel 9, the 2/17,"Eyes on the Prize" episode (12-2 PM) addresses this tragedy.
We talked about the trauma the families of those killed or maimed during this violent era in our history and the absence of psychological help for the families. And if there was help, its refusal. The Civil Rights Movement was a war. It was a continuation of the Civil War and its wounded landed on both sides of the barbed wire fences. These wounds are still festering. Just think about what Alice Walker observed when revisiting Coretta Scott King. Just think about what Walker shared with us about her own pain, suffering and loss, and then multiply what we know by all the stories untold.
There is a series on Channel 9 called Eyes on the Prize: 12-2 PM Sunday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. It's a documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement. We missed part one Sunday, Feb. 3. But the other two are yet to be aired. You can borrow the tapes from the library. I think Laney College owns the series.
Other programs: 2/6: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 9 PM and PRINCE AMONG SLAVES AT 11 PM; 2/10: COLORBLIND AT 2 PM; PIECE BY PIECE: HISTORY OF SF GRAFFITTI ART AT 6 PM; EVENING WITH ANDREW YOUNG AT 7 PM; 2/11: OPRAH'S ROOTS AT 10 PM; 2/13: A TALE OF TWO CITIES: ALLENSWORTH (A BLACK TOWN IN CA) AT 7:30 PM; 2/17: Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey, AT 6 PM; HIP HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES AT 11 PM;2/18:FANNIE LOU HAMER AT 11:30 PM; 2/19: BANISHED AT 11 PM; 2/20: AMERICAN MASTERS: ARETHA FRANKLIN AT 4 AM. YOU SHOULD TAPE THIS TO WATCH LATER.
Check www.kqed.org/heritage. I didn't list everything, and there are also many programs on the radio this month too.
Oh I was mistaken, this is a leap year. February has 29 days this year. Oh, don't forget to post your homework response essays to the "Coretta King: Revisited" essay. Include the planning sheet.