Thursday, March 20, 2008
Spring is Here!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Read the essay on Penny Liuzzo Herrington, daughter of Viola Luizzo, an essay plan, an outline and you can even bring in an introductory paragraph. If you have the book, read pages 193-194. If you don't have the book, look up the word: "martyr."
Choose one of the following questions and respond to "Penny Liuzzo Herrington" (195) in a minimally 250-500 word essay. Use on direct quote, one paraphrase and one block quote.
1. Who is Penny Luizzo Herrington and what was the impact of her mother, Viola Liuzzo's death on her life?
2. Describe Viola Liuzzo and the type of person she was. In reading the story, do you think her participation in the Civil Rights Movement was unexpected?
3. Talk about the involvement of the FBI in the Viola Liuzzo case. How did the injustice affect the members of Viola Liuzzo's family? How did Penny find peace?
Mary Brown, daughter of James Zwerg Cyber-Essay
The answers varied. The exercise is the same as the one previous and the one to follow Wednesday, incorporating text into one's essay. I will be looking at signal phrases and how well students use paraphrase, direct quotes and block quotes.
If you are an English 201 student and are confused, don't worry about the citations, write a three paragraph summary of the essay and post it here. If you posted the Mary Brown essay elsewhere, post it here also.
Homework is to read three other letters from the section in Letters from Mississippi entitled, At Home in a Black World. Analyze one argument and summarize the letter and post it in the section entitled: At Home in a Black World.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
In class Cyber-Assignment March 12
A question you can address is: Is Maisha Moses a casualty of war? Why or why, not? We read a lot about Bob Moses, you can compare your impressions of him to that of his daughter. Were there aspects of his personality you find out about when you read her interview that confirmed or expanded what you already knew about him? I want you to also include a planning sheet.
In their essay students are to include: 1 paraphrase, 1 direct quote and 1 block quote. Each paragraph should be minimally 5 sentences, the 5th sentence can be the citation or quoted material. A signal phrase just tells your audience who's talking. See Hacker pp. 398-400; 401-401, and 404-413. Do the exercises where they appear.
For homework, read the Mary Brown essay (25). We will do the same thing in class Monday, March 17. Wednesday, March 19, we will respond to Penny L. Herrington essay (195) the same way. This essay will be the midterm essay. I might have you post it to the blog.
Continue reading At Home in a Black World. Post your analysis of three arguments from 3 separate letters, with summaries at the post below.
Monday, March 10, 2008
At Home in a Black World Cyber Assignment
Respond to another student's response also. There was an assignment given March 17. It's due March 19 before class. I gave another assignment Monday, March 31 and the final assignment is Wednesday, April 2. Each student is responsible for 4 posts from this section.
The Road to Mississippi ends
Post your freewrite responses here. Then respond to a classmate's essay in a five sentence response on the blog that takes the discussion in a related, but different, direction
Students shared their response in both classes. TJ responded to Erick's and vice versa. Seonhea responded to Chad and vice versa. Kay shared her own, which was an interesting take on the letters themselves. Carmen and Chung shared. Matthew was quite thorough in his comments which we applauded. Raymond Wong and Stephanie's comments were also on-point. Eva responded to Alex and vice versa. Both were good. Eva's comments led the discussion into the question of whether the goals and the objectives of the CRM were still felt today.
In the afternoon class, Sophia and Chesi kicked off the discussion, with remarks that captured the mood and tone and intent of the letters. Alberto's response was also on point, as was Johnea's. Yun Yi's was great as well. Lewis had a great start too. I'm looking forward to reading the posts to see what the work looks like now, and to hear from students who left early or didn't complete the assignment.
In the later class we got a bit more done. After sharing responses we reviewed letters where I pointed out sections I'd annotated. Then we read aloud the first few pages of the next section: At Home in a Black World. If was a fruitful discussion, one where students were able to see how prepared the volunteers for the fight ahead and the CBS crew wasn't. We talked about the structure of the section and why the opening letter was chosen by the editor to lead off this second part of the book. The introduction answered Raymond Cade's question about where the volunteers we were reading about worked. Students were asked to read up to page 49 (I think). You can certainly read ahead.
We spoke in the afternoon class about using these freewrites in response to the end of each section as the basis for an essay on the book once we have completed it in a few more weeks.
We'll have an in-class essay next Wednesday. The topic will be taken from Letters from Mississippi or Children of the Movement. I haven't decided.
Some students expressed difficulty pulling out the arguments and the supporting evidence when they are away from class. You can always come by my office and we can work on the assignments together. I also encourage you to look at students posts. Many of you are doing a great job. Post all the responses in the same place.Continue to pull out the arguments. We will post three arguments from three letters and a summary each week until we have completed the book. Next week we will be in the That Long Walk to the Courthouse and School for Freedom.
We'll work in the Writing Center Wednesday. We'll meet in class first.
If you are a slow reader, read ahead. If you have any questions about the reading you can post them where the posts are. You can also post questions here.
Another homework assignment is to read the Maisha Moses (37) essay in Children of the Movement. You will respond to the essay in a freewrite Wednesday. Annotate it as you read. Students who have the book, read the introduction to the section on page 1-2. Other essays we're going to read this week are: Mary Brown (25) and Penny L. Herrington (195). Read the introductions to these sections also, then read the essay.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Letters from Mississippi
Today in class I demonstrated how to annotate the text. We read letters students suggested then analyzed them. The lesson today was annotation. We didn't have time to complete the student conferences. We will continue next week Monday and Wednesday. If you have any worries, you can go early. I also told students that I was available after 3 on MW or after 12 noon TTh if you let me know. One-on-one is the best way to succeed in college. One visit with me can really effect your performance.
In the later class, I asked students to read the next section of the book, pages 41-73. Everyone can start reading the next section and annotating the text, looking at arguments. Since I didn't assign this to the earlier class, you will not be held responsible for this material. I put copies of the next section in the bin outside of my class.
Cyber-Assignment: How to Mark a Book
Monday, March 03, 2008
I think, the film's key argument is the question: Are there black skeletons in the closets of most if not all white towns in America, especially the American south? The answer is probably so. What questions come to mind as you read Letters from Mississippi and what these young volunteers, black and white are doing to rid the country of prejudice and racism?
Choose one city or county and reflect on the consequences of the mob violence on black residents in Forsyth, Harrison and Pierce. How did the residents respond to the challenge of addressing the wrong done to these families? How should these wrongs be addressed? Explain how, in some ways, the people in these towns reflect the same attitudes of 100 years prior. How does this make you feel about America?
Visit the pbs.org website for more information about the film and the people, the director and the towns profiled. Respond in 250 words (minimally 3 paragraphs) to the questions. If you have a better question, or have another angle you'd like to explore, feel free to do so.
Please include the name of the film, all the places profiled and a brief summary of the thesis of the film in your introduction, before getting to your point or thesis.
The essay is due by 10 AM Wednesdsy, March 5.