Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Field Trip and Class Recap

Today we read the introduction to Half the Sky which left no time for practicing paraphrasing or discussion. Homework is to summarize the introduction in one page, about 250 words.

Post the summaries at the link. We will practice paraphrasing on Monday. Bring your books. The book store is taking prepaid orders for Half the Sky. We will talk about the first essay in SPHE, Sentence Punctuation, on Monday as well. We will probably write it the following Monday. Essays are turned in, not the exercises.

In SPHE we reviewed MLA for works cited pages and for the essays pp. 311-312 and 319-322. Homework was to complete the MLA for titles section and to read 311-312. We'll have another quiz next week. Details are very important in MLA. headings and Headers and spacing and margins, the mechanics of the writing process, need to be perfect.

We spoke about the closing reception at Laney College this Friday and the opening exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery. I have posted information about the exhibit below. if you go to any event and write about it, you can have extra credit. You can write about the art, its creators, your impressions-- Read a published review to get a feel for the type of writing critics do (smile). You can also attach the program if you like.

Keep track of these extra credit assignments. Films count as well as performances, like theatre, concerts, lectures and book events.

Art Exhibit Openings and Closings

This Friday, February 4, 2011, I am going to be boppimg between two maybe three art galleries/museums and wanted to see if you wanted to join me. I am starting at the June Steingart Gallery, Tower Bldg., Laney College at 4 PM for the Eco Art Matters closing reception and then popping by the Oakland Museum across the street, ending up at Joyce Gordon Gallery, 408 14th Street, 14th and Webster Street in Oakland, for the AeroSoul 2: Urban Hieroglyphics opening, 5-11 PM. The galleries are free. If you are with me, I might be able to get you into the Oakland Museum (smile).


AeroSoul, which is up Feb. 4-27, 2011, is historic in its breath and vision. If you are hip hop then you can't miss this opportunity to speak to the urban creative masters of this craft and culture, most of them probably your parent's peers.

I am just blown away by the cast of artists from Los Angeles, New York and here listed on the website. I took my English 1B class to see AeroSoul 1, and we were privileged to get a private tour of the show.

Oh, if you want to connect, that is, hang with the professor, call me and we can meet up (smile).

21st Annual African American Celebration through Poetry, February 5, 1-4 PM

I forgot to mention an event I host yearly at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland, (510) 238-7352. It is free and open to the general public.

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