Vocab Extra Credit

Your exit exam/final exam is on Tuesday the 20th.

Your vocabulary extra credit is due then. Here are the requirements for your vocabulary homework. If your assignment does not meet these specifications, you will not get credit.

I will not accept late assignments for any reason.

Click here: vocab-extra-credit


You will have a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday. Your second vocabulary log is due at the beginning of class this day.

Your final/exit exam will be on the 15th. We will meet for our last class the 20th.

Unit 5: Chapter 2 Homework

Read Unit 5: Chapter 2 of Urban Reader for College Writers and answer these two questions as a comment to this post before class on Tuesday:

What green initiatives do you know about in New York City? Look into places like Chelsea Piers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, or general initiatives in the city as a whole and tell your classmates a bit about what you learned. Don’t write about the same thing one of your classmates has already covered.

What are two more green initiatives you think  New York City, New York City businesses, or New York City residents should implement? (Try not to say the same thing as your classmates.)

Unit 5: Chapter 1 Homework

Read Unit 5, Chapter 1 of Urban Reader for College WritersAs a comment on this post answer this question before class on Tuesday, November 15th:

Think of a single other country in the world that you have experience with (perhaps the country you’re from or a country you’ve lived in or know a lot about). Are they more or less environmentally conscious than the United States? Give three examples comparing the two countries to explain/back up your claim.

Also, if you did not finish the Silicon Valley worksheet, complete it and turn it in on Tuesday as well.

Unit 4: Chapter 4 Project

After reading Unit 4: Chapter 4 of Urban Reader for College Writers do the following assignment:
Find a public school in NYC and another in any other American town. Look at both schools’ lunch pages. Find out what type of food choices are given to the students.
  • Make note of some of these choices and compare. (For instance, compare what both schools are serving on Wednesday this week.)
  • Which school has a healthier selection?
  • Which school do you think has a lower carbon footprint?
  • What could one or both of these schools change to improve their students’ health and their impact on the environment?
Finally, plan a set of school lunches for a week. You can imagine your schools is located anywhere in the country. Name where your school is and what age group or grade ranges you’re feeding.
Keep in mind:
  • What foods do you serve and why?
  • What healthy options does your school serve?
  • Does your school have a low or high carbon footprint?
  • Will the students actually eat the food you provide?
  • Will the school be able to afford to provide the food you’re planning to serve?
  • What challenges did you face in planning your lunches?

Type a document answering the first set of questions (comparing the schools), your lunch plan for a school week, and include answers to the second set of questions.

On Thursday, you will present your menu to your classmates and turn all of this in.


Unit 4: Chapter 4

Read this chapter and be prepared to discuss it on Tuesday. There is no homework before Tuesday other than the reading, but you will have some homework to do from this chapter before Thursday, so keep an eye on the OpenLab.

Unit 3: Chapter 1 Homework

After reading Unit 3: Chapter 1 of Urban Reader for College Writers, answer both of the following questions as a comment on this post:

Do you know where the food you eat comes from? Is it from a local or international source? How do you know?

In what ways could you eat more locally? What changes could you make? Are you willing to make these changes? Why or why not?

Be as detailed and as opinionated as you like. You may speak about a personal experience, or just discuss the idea in general.

You must post a comment answering this question before class on Tuesday, October 25th.

October 18th Class Info and Homework

Here is what we went over in class today. The homework is listed below. Additionally, remember that project presentations will begin on Thursday.

grading-parents <- Click this to download the document


Write a response to the article, clearly picking one side (for or against grading parents) and including everything that is expected in a complete response.

Unit 1 Content and Vocabulary Exam

Directions: Click this link: urban-reader-unit-1-content-and-vocabulary-exam and download the exam to your computer. Then, you can type your answers right on the page. (If you are using Microsoft Word, you might have to click “enable editing” at the top before you can begin.)

Email your test to me at Kelsey.C.Fox@gmail.com. The subject of the email should be your name and Unit Exam. For example, mine would say “Kelsey Fox Unit Exam.” Also put your name at the top of the exam.

This is an open-book test. You may use any resources at your disposal, but your answers must be your own, not copied from another student or source.

You have until 1:00 pm today to email this exam to me. If you turn it in after this time, it will be considered late and will not receive full credit.



Utopia Project – Due October 18th

Below I have copied the project instructions which I have also handed out in class.  If you were absent on the day this project was assigned, you are still required to contact your group members and participate. Every group member is expected to do an equal and fair share of work for the project. Each member’s contribution will be outlined at the end of the project, and your grade will suffer if you do not participate within your group.

Groups (this may be jumbled if you look at it on mobile):

    3           |        6            |       2         |         1              |    7           |       5            |     4
Bihao       | Mengchen  | Jingxun   | Chenzhong   | Kexin     | Tianzhen   | Jiahua
Murjan    | ZhiJie          | Arman     | Hui Lin         | Tan         | Maged       | Mustafa
Cesar       | Tanvir          | Uri           | Sai                  | Dilmar   | Jenny         | Z
______ | Moses                              | Drake

Utopia Project: Due October 18th

With your groupmates, you will create a country with what you view to be the best government possible. You are aiming to create a utopia where all of your citizens will be happy.

You will also act as the travel advocate for your country, trying to convince your classmates to move there when you present on the 18th. Here is what you will need to do:

  1. Decide where in the world your utopia is. Are you in the north, the south, along the equator, on an island, in a rain forest, where? The leaders of the world have agreed to give you any land you want to form your new country.
  2. Decide what your utopia looks like and how big it is. Is it tiny and a perfect rectangle? Is it huge with beautiful fjords to rival Norway’s?
  3. Decide the minimum and maximum population for your utopia and immigration rules. Do you want a large country with a huge and diverse workforce? Do you want relatively few people, letting in only the elites?
  4. Decide on a type of government. Is your utopia a dictatorship, a democracy, a communist or socialist country, or something else?
  5. Break down your government and explain the pieces. We know that the American government has checks and balances (the executive, judicial, and legislative branches all keep each other from gaining too much power). How does your government work? What is done to ensure one person or committee doesn’t gain too much power, or, alternatively, what is done to ensure the person or committee in charge retains as much power as possible?
  6. Explain how laws and policies are made and who enforces them. Do people vote on laws or does the government dictate what is and isn’t legal? Are there police and courts to enforce these laws or does your country use a different system? How involved are citizens in this process?
  7. Come up with 5-10 rules for your country’s constitution. In America, the constitution is the supreme law of the land. All other laws and policies must agree with this document. Ours explains things like how to maintain our military and what are the state’s rights, and it gives citizens the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, etc. What does your country’s constitution look like? You may want to look at the United States Bill of Rights for ideas.
  8. Come up with a mission statement and a name for your utopia. A mission statement should summarize the aims and values of your country. What does your country stand for or what are its goals? Also, a country needs a name!

You will present this project to the class on October 18th. Your presentation will be 7-12 minutes long and each group member must speak. At that time, you need to have a typed page answering all these questions with all the group members’ names and their contributions to turn into me.

You are campaigning to have new citizens join your utopia. Your presentation will include some sort of visual aid for the class. You can make a poster, show a Power Point presentation, or have handouts to distribute. Your visual aid should show where your country is in the world and what it looks like, as well as outlining the great things that make your country and its government the best. Try and convince your classmates to visit and settle in your utopia! At the end of the presentations, the class will vote on which country they’d like to move to, and the winning group will receive bonus points on their midterm.