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11/18: Happy Monday NEW UNIT: Non-Fiction Essays: aka Writing in the Real World. DO NOW: Pick up notebooks, Organize Handouts, Turn in Family History Projects Review: Unit Calendar, Essay Assignment Read: David Sedaris: “Jesus Shaves” Do: PRESS/TEJ HW: PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus Shaves”.
DO NOW: Pick up notebooks, Organize Handouts, Turn in Family History Projects
Review: Unit Calendar, Essay Assignment
Read: David Sedaris: “Jesus Shaves”
HW:PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus Shaves”
If you were not here yesterday, please see me for the handouts.
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Check out 50 Essays
Check: PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus”
Read: “On the Second Day of Sun” by Joshua Foster, PRESS only.
DO NOW: Review your TEJ on “Six Stages of Email”.
The others on the corner, five men and women waiting for the crosstown bus, look away. They daydream a bit and gaze into the weak rays of November light. A man with a briefcase lifts and lowers the shiny toes of his right shoe, watching the light reflect, trying to catch and balance it, as if he could hold and make it his, to ease the heavy gray of coming January, February, March. The winter months that will send snow around the feet, calves, and knees of the grinning man as he heads for the shelter of Grand Central or Pennsylvania Station. (2)
If your writing feels like it is slow and uneventful, perhaps dragging along, perhaps you have used too much passive voice.
Reminders: NOTEBOOKS DUE ON 12/10
TEJ for longer essays should have 2-3 passages being analyzed.
You Pick It Day: Choose one of the following to read and do PRESS/TEJ on:
Ortiz-Cofer “Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”
Ericsson “The Ways we Lie”
Mairs “On Being a Cripple”
HW: Read an Opinion/Editorial (op/ed) from The New York Times that is written no earlier than July 2013.
Bring a copy for each person at your table and be prepared to share the article and your PRESS analysis on the block day. (No you cannot print them from my printer during class if you forget.)
Watch Interpretive Piece on This Is Water
Read and annotate text
Structure, tone, appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), diction (word choice), syntax (sentence construction), questioning…
HW: Read MLK,Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” PRESS/TEJ
This Week: ESSAY WRITING
NO TUTORIAL TOMORROW
NOTEBOOKS DUE TOMORROW
BRING LAPTOPS TOMORROW
ROUGH DRAFTS DUE FRIDAY
HW: Finish Edmodo Openings Activity and write an opening for your essay.
With a generalization:
"It happens this time every year."
Joshua Foster, "On the second day of sun"
"Men are basically scum when it comes to helping out in the kitchen."
Dave Barry, "Lost in the Kitchen"
With narrative summary:
"The bank called today and I told them my deposit was in the mail, even though I hadn't written a check yet. It'd been a rough day. The baby I'm pregnant with decided to do aerobics on my lungs for two hours, our three-year-old daughter painted the living room couch with lipstick, the IRS put me on hold for an hour, and I was late to a business meeting because I was tired."
Stephanie Ericsson, "The Ways We Lie"
With a description of person or place.
"The man's grin is less the result of circumstance than dreams or madness. His buttonless shirt, with one sleeve missing, hangs outside the waist of his baggy trousers."
“ On a bus trip from London to Oxford University where I was earning graduate credits one summer, a young man, obviously fresh from a pub, spotted me and as if struck by inspiration, went down on his knees in the aisle.”
- Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”
With a list:
"Here are some of the ways you could say that I am 'white.'"
Eric Liu, "Notes of a Native Speaker"
"'We're going to have to control your tongue,' the dentist says, pulling out all the metal from my mouth."
Gloria Anzaldua, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue"
"'You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'"
Maxine Hong Kingston, "No Name Woman"
Consider the title and content:
"On Dumpster Diving" begins by addressing the rather surprising topic: "Long before I began Dumpster diving I was impressed with Dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research service to discover what I could about the word 'Dumpster.'"
"Why Don't We Complain?" begins with a complaint: "It was the very last coach and the only empty seat on the entire train, so there was no turning back. The problem was to breathe."
1. Pick a topic that you are passionate about and be as specific as possible.
2. Begin listing observations/"mind rants"
WoMan’s Best Friend: how my life changed after LucyStart 1: GeneralizationI pretty much feel guilty all the time. And by all the time I mean any time I “could” be home with her, but am not. And even then, when I can’t be home, I still feel guilty.Start 2: Dialogue (yes we talk- what’s weird about that?)
"Get on your bed."
I carefully hold the duck flavored organic dog treat to her nose until she gently takes it from my hand. "Good girl. Bye Boogies… beeyah good girl today. See you laaaayter. I luhyous.”
Yes– that says “luh” and “yous”. I baby-talk to her. Don’t judge me.
Each table should work in pairs. Switch papers, read the four “starts” and then discuss with your partner which of the four you think is the most effective “start” and why. Then switch pairs. If there is an odd number of people at the table, work in threes.
HW: Bring completed Essay outlines to class on Monday