Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Afeni Shakur, in conversation with Jasmine Guy, shares a lot of her life with us. Students reflected on this now that we have completed the journey. Students developed questions they'd like to ask Afeni. They also wrote essays questions.
Bring the essay questions along with completed Initial Planning Sheets and Outlines to class (A-232). We will spend the first hour writing the essay.
Choose citations you'd like to include to illustrate or support your claims. We will start the essays. Students will then have an opportunity to take the essay home to complete. You will turn a copy of the essay into me.
I returned most of the Pidd Sentence Punctuation Essays today. I still have three to correct. Pidd is about details. In Essay 1, many students did not follow the templates; other students did not paraphrase the definitions in the introduction.
I will give you a quiz on Thursday as well. We will review the exercises and start Essay 2. Bring Dyson to class on Thursday.
Post your freewrite here. Students had a choice, either to reflect on Evolution or to choose a poem from Rose. The reflection was to be three paragraphs. Students were to use quotes from the text: free paraphrase, short citation and a long citation or block quote.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Grants and Scholarships
Thursday, September 20, 2012
For Tuesday, complete the exercises in SPHE up to 85. If we get to the essay today, then students can complete the templates for the body paragraphs (86-97). Students can complete the essay, if desired.
Next week we will look more at summarizing and paraphrasing using Evolution and Rose. This is in SPHE 339-380.
We will talk about essay topics and essay questions as well next week. Bring in ideas.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Today is the anniversary of Tupac's passing (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996). There are two poems at the end of Rose where Tupac says goodbye. Choose one of the poems and reflect on the theme in a 3-paragraph essay. Use a citation in each paragraph: 1 free paraphrase; 1 shorter citation, and one long quote for homework and post here.
We will watch Tupac perform his song: How Long Will They Mourn Me. If I can find it (smile). Here is a link to the song performed by Thug Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Ihto_Bui0
We talked about the song, located its thesis and supporting evidence. Post a 100 word reflection on the song here. Use one citation from the song to support your argument.
Your Works Cited section for the song:
Shukur, Tupac Amaru. "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" Thug Life: Volume 1. Out Da Gutta/Interscope/Amaru, 1994.
2. Pidd Essay 1. We will review the paragraph templates in groups, along with the introduction and conclusion.
3. Type the essay. Print it.
4. Lit Circles
5. Keep reading and keep going in Pidd.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Complete the templates in the book. If you understand the work, complete the introduction and conclusion as well. If not, just do the six errors.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Cyber-Assignment Library Research
How does asking questions help us clarify our topic and what we want to say about it?
Library Orientation with Professor David Sparks
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Freewrite: Tupac on Mothers
I think we reviewed this last week. Just in case . . . here it is again.
Shakur, Tupac. "Poem's title in quotes." The Rose That Grew from Concrete. New York: MTV/Pocket Books, 1999. Print.
From Google Books. You will note there is a lot missing:
The Prepared Student
There were about seven students who were prepared today for a discussion and others, who brought their books and used the time to catch up on their reading. At about 2:40 we all got together and completed quite a bit of SPHE chapter 1, Confused Words. '
Homework is to complete the exercises in SPHE (this assignment was given last week.) We will write the essay next week: Punctuating Sentences. Next week is also the first meeting between 9:30-10:30 on Mondays of the Writing Workshop in the space outside my office D-219 (D-214). Bring Pidd so you can get ahead.
Students were encouraged to read ahead. Read the Chapter 2 for Sept. 6; Chapter 3 for Sept. 10-13. Again, bring all your notes to class.
The students who were not prepared will be assigned Literature Circles on Thursday after our Library Orientation.