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Semester’s Close.. Our Story’s End

15 May

Good Morning, Colleagues…

Thank you all again for an amazing semester.  Just a reminder:  English 5-ers, you need to submit the assessment of your rough draft, along with the rough draft itself, and of course your final draft, at 7AM.. SHARP, MONDAY, 5/19/14.

100:  Please bring the assessment you wrote in class on Wednesday along with your final draft on Monday, 10AM.. SHARP.  Also MONDAY, 5/19/14.

And after this term ends, I hope you all continue to exercise your writing, reading, and freethinking.  Never allow anyone to speak for you, or tell you what a text means, or tell you what you should think, be convinced of…  You are YOU, and that’s the only actuality that has true significance.

Talk to you all Monday…

Mike

ps–  Feel free to post anything you want, below, from your final submissions for feedback and workshopping..

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English 100…

22 Apr

How did the research go? What did you unearth?

ENGLISH 100: FINAL SUBMISSION

21 Apr

Due: May 19, 2014, at 10AM

Length: 5-6 Pages (Not including cover page and works cited page)

Outside Sources: 2-3

For our last paper, you can either write a critical paper on ‘Gatsby’, or an editorial, or position paper on a current event (meaning, an event from the day of this assignment’s announcement, or close thereto, or some topic that’s been in the news for some time). Whatever you select, I would not waste time! Begin brainstorming, conducting research!

I will only award “A” to papers that demonstrate a special ownership and control over their topic… So get started immediately! Put yourself in a position where you have control over your writing with this last submission.. in that your figure out what precisely it is you want to say…

There is no set, or itemized, rubric for this final paper. I will be grading on the basis of coherence, balance, and incorporation of outside sources.

Both classes….

17 Apr

Final submission prompts will be posted tonight… Sorry for the delay…

Mike

Morning Walk

15 Apr

What are you
writing?
What are
You
reading?
Are you moving?
Please move.
Don’t let
Your
Self
BE
moved.

(4/4/2014)

4 Apr

Colleagues…

So sorry for my absence, Wednesday. But, when you know you need to recover, or take care of yourSelf, then you do so. That explains your instructor’s locational void the other day. As I write, the day comes to a close, much like our semester. Our final projects are upon us, as is grade calculation. All semester, I’ve been saying that ‘this semester is a book, a story of sorts’. Now, in our last chapters, we make our characters, individually and collectively, known. Written.

ENGLISH 5: Please read to page 199. I know this is a sizable reading assignment, but please consider that your lens, your focus, the connection you bind from Mr. Woolf’s Life with your own, is what our focus now necessitates. Demand answers from his book– Answers to what? Whatever you want! Regarding the characters, general existence topics, family, deception, Life vs Death, the “masculine” role.. you decide. And, as I always urge, journal! Write all your OBSERVATIONS, thoughts, feelings. I, like your colleagues, need your voice to be heard, come Monday’s session.

ENGLISH 100: Please bring your fully completed rough draft to class, Monday. I am planning to call upon NEW readers on Monday to share their positions and how they’re structured. In addition, please continue researching F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author, as well as the time in which he lived. Try to find out how F. Scott’s time period contributed to his writing. I will be assigning the first pages from his novel, come Monday.

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On another note, I hope you’re using your journals to document your days, this semester.. keep track of your individual stories, perhaps monitoring how your character is developing. One of the most advantageous methods for logging a day’s ideas is to have them centered in symbols, or set of symbols. Objects, basically. I invite you to show me some of your entries, see if we can find some creative/”scholarly” way to develop these lines further, for sakes of a written piece.

Also, on Monday.. expect a surprise of sorts, both classes. This ‘surprise’ is only being introduced to energize your writings. Think about the fundamentals of a character, what they want, how they act, what makes them memorable. But, even more importantly: HOW THEY SPEAK!

See you Monday,

Mike

ENGLISH 100, 3/26/14 [Wednesday]

26 Mar

Today’s session will be divided into 8 portions: 1, reorientation: where we are, where we’re going, what our next assignment is; 2, the last readings: what’s the issue, the sides, what you think.. etc…; 3, groups, discuss your topics, proposals.. engage each other in discussion, and dare I say “debate”; 4, revisit, take notes…; 5, submitted proposals…..; 6, how to build an argument, balance out logic vs emotion.. useful language; 7, and we start our writing, actually putting out arguments on paper.. how do we begin? Engage the reader.. make us care in the first paragraph! NO– in the title!!! With this paper, title is most important, more so than with your other submissions!; 8, questions, comments, with what are we walking away, before we start writing?