Final Tuesday, Dec. 16 10:30am, MUB 255

Dear Students,

I’m going to reserve the first half hour of class for the final presentation. If you all don’t want to do it, we’ll work something out tomorrow. Otherwise, be ready!

 

Again: journals, research paper and other outstanding late work , including extra-credit and lab documentation, are due tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30am.

 

If you wish, bring some food or drink to share for our little end-of-semester celebration. Please be prepared to take your leftovers away with you. I will bring a game to play and some prizes.

 

I’m going to miss you all!

Ms. Edissa

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Homework for the Week of December 2 and 4

 

Dear Students,

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe, and get some rest. Here’s the homework for next week:

 

  1. Read the next section, Part Three, of Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama, “Kenya.”
  2. Optional/make-up journal: for Tuesday, write a journal summarizing and reflecting on Obama’s story in the “Kenya” section. If you already did 10 journals, additional journals will count for extra credit.
  3. Continue working on your research paper, which is due Dec. 9th.
  4. Peer Review for your research paper is due Thur. Dec. 4.
  5. Presentation Group 4 will present Tue. Dec. 2.

 

Best regards,

Ms. Nicolas

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Homework for the Week of November 25 and THANKSGIVING (but you’ll be the only one there!)

 

Dear Students,

 

People, please stay strong. We’re almost done! You can do it. Here’s the homework for next week:

 

  1. Optional: Watch this short video interview of the great Toni Morrison and Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onuMdF-iJIE&feature=youtu.be
  2. Read the next section, Part Two, of Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama, pages 133-295, “Chicago.”
  3. Optional/make-up journal: for Tuesday, write a journal summarizing and reflecting on Obama’s story in the “Chicago” section. If you already did 10 journals, additional journals will count for extra credit.
  4. Continue working on your research paper, which is due Dec. 9th.
  5. Your typed outline for your research paper is due Tue. Nov. 25.
  6. Presentation Group 3 will present Tue. Nov. 25.
  7. Presentation Group 4 will present Tue. Dec. 2.

 

Best regards and much love,

Ms. Nicolas

 

P.S. Here’s a little of my writing if you’re bored (ha, ha, ha): http://karmacompass.me/2014/04/09/musings-on-identity-and-skin-color/ or http://karmacompass.me/2014/10/03/the-guilt-free-garden-a-water-saving-suggestion/ or

http://karmacompass.me/2014/08/09/a-tomato-story-the-adventure-of-growing-heirloom-tomatoes-in-san-francisco/

You may also check out other posts on my blog if you’re curious. You’re most welcome. I just write about life, mostly…

 

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Research and Autobiography Assignment

 

This is an 8-10-page Research and Analysis assignment. The goal of this assignment is to interrogate your own origins—to fundamentally ask yourself who you are, where you come from, and what influences shape your psyche, personality and mindset— all while engaging in meaningful research and integration of source materials into your comprehensive narrative. You might think of your thesis as your Credo—who you are today and what has shaped you. Give special attention to ethos, pathos and logos. This paper must have:

 

  1. Integrate at least six sources of evidence, including three of your own sources that you research and integrate into the paper
  2. Minimum 8, maximum 10-page paper, before your Works Cited page
  3. A correctly formatted MLA Works Cited Page
  4. Strong grammar and sentence boundaries
  5. Clear audience focus: Class Blog
  6. Thesis (credo)

 

Writing Strategies:

To write an effective, coherent and well-researched paper, take an angle. Having an angle will allow you to analyze your topic and integrate and synthesize information and sources effectively. This will help you to make your paper flow. The angle might be about gender identity or roles, a career focus, or a social movement or issue, or some topic, which you feel gives your life meaning and purpose. Some examples might be: women in politics or business, Chicano/a or African-American Civil Rights, Domestic Violence or Childcare in the US. Think creatively. You might be able to connect this project with another class or ongoing project. Use Obama’s book as a model for organization.

  • Craft and frame a good driving question from which to write your paper. Ultimately, you want to get to the question of “Who are you?” in profound and enlightened way.

 

Synthesize:

You may wish to model your paper on Obama’s book. Much of his narrative is to shape our perceptions of him. How does he organize his story? What facts are important? When does he give details, and when does he summarize?

 

Audience:

For your audience, our class blog should be your primary focus. Thinking about the blog allows you to consider your sources and focus your topic for a broader audience. Balance the paper to be an academic inquiry into identity rather than as solely personal narrative.

Note: No papers will be published without the author’s permission; however, it is critical to the assignment that you keep audience focus.

 

 

Research Component:

Find out what you don’t know: I recommend three key areas for research: 1) family history, including geographic or personal narrative or an interview, research on your neighborhood or city of origin; 2) career or cultural perspective, such as inquiry into a profession, schooling or a social movement; 3) socio-emotional analysis, which might include a educational overview, upbringing and other important psycho-dynamic event of relevance. Tie each area into research of some form. These can be articles, books, an interview of a family or community member or other documentation that can be integrated into your paper and presented in your Works Cited page.

 

You must cite and reference 3 of the following sources in addition to your own research as part of qualitative analysis. Remember sources can contrast your life experiences favorable. You don’t have to have experienced trauma to appreciate the quality parenting, for example. Integrate your paper in the larger context of our course and your education: Obama, Wenner, Dweck, Yosso, Perry or Unnatural Causes.

 

Use proper MLA citations and format throughout your entire paper. Pay attention to grammar, spelling and organization. Edit and revise your work as many times as possible. Always proofread your work before turning it in. Participate in the peer-review process.

 

Typed Outline:         Tuesday, Nov. 25th          30 points

Use MLA formatting guidelines.

Peer Review:            Tuesday, Dec. 2nd             20 points

            Two typed copies required for Peer Review.

Final Draft:               Tuesday, Dec. 9th               100 points

            Submit your final draft with two peer-reviewed copies.

 

 

 

“Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or critic makes of them is not my concern. ”          ~Henry Miller

 

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1A Journal Assignment

10 journals, as assigned, are due December 18, 2014 during our final examination period. They are worth up to 20 points each for a total 200 possible points.

  • Each journal entry may be handwritten or typed and must include the following:
  • Follow MLA formatting rules
  • Introduce the author’s or authors’ full name/s
  • Introduce the correctly spelled and punctuated title/s of works
  • Convey the author’s main idea or thesis
  • Summarize the author’s key points
  • You may include 3-10 sentences with your reactions, feelings or position relative to the reading’s meaning, ideas or subject matter
  • For “open” assignments, you may wish to compare ideas from two different readings to help clarify your own position, or simply continue to summarize and reflect

 

Note: Use your handbook for practice in solving English and language-related difficulties. Also, you may want to use the journal to identify and define new vocabulary words.

  1. Reflection of 8/19 class session.
  2. Audre Lorde’s, “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action”: Summary and reflection.
  3. “The Seven Habits of Highly effective Readers”: (Make up/Extra Credit) If you missed the first week, you might want to write a summary and reflection entry for this article.
  4. National Geographic: Stress: Portrait of a Killer. View film, and write a summary and reflection; include examination of stressors in your life and any insights.
  5. Melinda Wenner’s “The Serious Need for Play”: Summary and reflection.
  6. Bruce Perry, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, chapters 1(-3): **Write a four-paragraph journal. Dedicate one paragraph of summary for each chapter, about 8-10 sentences maximum per paragraph. Use the chapter name rather than a number. Practice MLA and punctuation. Aim for control—this is not an essay. The last paragraph should be a reflection.
  7. Bruce Perry, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, chapters 2 and 3: **Write journal. Dedicate one paragraph of summary for each chapter, about 8-10 sentences maximum per paragraph. Use the chapter name rather than the number. Practice MLA format and punctuation. Aim for control—this is not an essay. For the last paragraph, pick a passage, and practice quoting. Introduce the selection; quote and cite it, using MLA; and then explain it. Begin to move away from “I” statements. This journal must be typed.
  8. Handwrite a journal for chapters 4 and 5 in The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry. Summarize each chapter in 6-10 sentences, one paragraph each. Be sure to correctly punctuate the book and chapter titles. For the final paragraph, pick a passage, and practice quoting. Introduce the selection; quote and cite it, using MLA; and then explain it. Begin to move away from “I” statements. Continue to practice using the correct MLA heading.
  9. Handwrite or type a journal for chapters 6 and 7 in The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry. Summarize each chapter in 6-10 sentences, one paragraph each. Be sure to correctly punctuate the book and chapter titles. For the final paragraph, pick a passage, and practice quoting. Introduce the selection; quote and cite it, using MLA; and then explain it. Begin to move away from “I” statements. Continue to practice using the correct MLA heading.
  10. Unnatural Causes, episode one, “In Sickness and In Wealth.” Watch the film online if you missed it. Write a brief summary and then focus on one idea that is relevant to you. Reflect on how that idea may impact your future behavior or thinking.
  11. Select one capital from Yosso’s “cultural wealth model” that you most identify with. You may include a quote and any questions you may have. Also, provide a specific example of how the capital applies to you. Summary is not required, but if you chose to do so, limit it to 5 effective sentences.
  12. Optional/make-up journal: for Thursday, write a journal summarizing and reflecting on Obama’s story in the first part of his book. If you already did 10 journals, additional journals will count for extra credit.

 

For your assignment, submit 10 journals from the assigned list above, only. Unassigned journal topics will not be accepted. Students desiring extra credit may submit journals beyond the minimum 10 journals required for course credit. Please note that the maximum extra-credit points any student can earn in my class per semester is 50 points, approximately 5% of your final grade. Keep that in mind as you are doing your work.

 

Note: You will be given some opportunities to make up assignments, which were misse

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Homework for the Week of November 18 and 20

 

Dear Students,

 

We’re on the home stretch now. Keep going! Here’s the homework for next week:

 

  1. Read the first section of Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama, pages xii-129, “Introduction” and “Origins.”
  2. Optional/make-up journal: for Thursday, write a journal summarizing and reflecting on Obama’s story in the first part of his book. If you already did 10 journals, additional journals will count for extra credit.
  3. Continue working on your research paper.
  4. Presentation Group 1 will present Tue. Nov. 18.
  5. Presentation Group 2 will present Thur. Nov. 20.

 

 

Best regards,

Ms. Nicolas

 

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Research Link:

http://ccsf.libguides.com/autobiography

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