Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Three More Meetings

Yesterday in class we looked at the 3-part thesis (handout). We developed a sentence together with the topic "rehabilitation," and then watched a program about social entrepreneur Mimi Silbert, who co-founded The Delancey Street Foundation (handout).

Watch the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW-pzSnYYBQ

Homework was to write a three (3) paragraph essay response to the video. The thesis is to use the 3-paragraph form. Each paragraph should include a citation: 1 short citation, 1 free paraphrase and 1 block quote.

There are many students who have missed over a month of classes, which means you are behind and your writing reflects this absence. Such students are advised to visit the Writing Center from now to the end of the semester for help.

If an English 201B student cannot format an academic essay he or she will not pass the course. Yes, it is that serious. At this point, the writing should not look like Pidd's (smile). 

Other Homework

Students took the Multiple Choice Exam 2 and homework was to compare the two scores, MCE 1 to MCE 2 and write a short (100-250 word) analysis of the errors and propose a course of study.

The final essay will be written in class next week on Monday, students are to do a literature search tomorrow on their Social Entrepreneur and come prepared to write on Monday for an hour.

Students have had a month to think about their revolutionary (smile). If you haven't had time to do so, stop and think about what issue you are passionate about and who has taken this issue or problem on as a challenge to address. It can be children, the homeless, education, housing, immigration, parenting, obesity, recreation, environmental pollution, medical access and insurance. . . .

We will also discuss the final portfolio.

November 27, 2013 Class Plan

We will watch another video on Wednesday about a banker who founded a bank that gives micro-loans to people without collateral: Muhammad Yunus. Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.  Here is a link to the article we will read in class. This essay is a model of what I am looking for in Monday's essay: http://odewire.com/53697/turning-poverty-into-peace.html

Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NGU5gkI6-Y

We will also spend time reviewing the Pidd Essays and the Virgin Soul revisions and the Book Report essays turned in Monday, Nov. 25, if there are questions. 

Check back here for the Portfolio Checklist.

Gerlanda Gelin
Wanda Sabir
English 201B
27 November 2013
Safe Haven
In 1971 Mimi Silbert founded Delancey Street in San Francisco with other entrepreneurs’ to help ex-convicts, addicts, and people who are chronically homeless to get their lives in order. Not everybody wants to hire an ex-convict, an addict, or someone who is chronically homeless. Despite of the fact that ex-convicts are considered outcasts in the society, Mimi Silbert sees them for who they are and who they can be. Just because their lives take the wrong turn, it does not make it right to cut them out of society.
Rehabilitation is a turning point for those who want to start a new life. Delancey Street was created to help addicts, ex-convicts, and the chronically homeless. Delancey Street program helps ex-convicts who are unable to get back on their feet because of their background and other issues such as, drug addiction, homelessness, and probation. Once an ex-convict is put on parole, the state gives a small amount of money, substantially less than they might need to find adequate housing, until they can get a job. According to Aaron Shepard an ex-convict says it is hard. For him sometimes he feels like the system gives him enough to kill himself. Many parolees like Shepard find themselves relying on old friends, living in homeless shelters, and living in the same environment that helped get them into prison the first time. But Delancey Street foundation helped him get his life back. Delancey Foundation helps people who are chronically homeless with financial resources and basics needs such as housing and medical care. These people are actually able to stay at the center for a period of four years during which they learn new skills and receive ongoing therapy to help them recover from their past experiences.

Works Cited
Adam, Cohen. “A Community of Ex-Cons Shows How to Bring Prisoners Back Into Society. The New York Times. 2 January 2004. Web.
The New Heroes. Oregon Public Broadcasting and Malone-Grove Productions Inc.2005. Print.

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