Prof. Garcia | ENG 1121 - O427 | Spring 2021

Agenda: Week 4

Week 4: Monday, 2/22 – Friday, 2/26

Tuesday, 2/23 (asynchronous: work due on our class site by 11:59 pm)



WRITING: Responding to Douglass

  • Write a Post in which you do the following (approximately 200-250 words):
    • Having read and listened to Douglass’s speech, what do you believe he is arguing? Write a short summary (a few sentences) of what he is saying.
    • Now, pick one quotation from the text where Douglass helps his listeners understand the problem he is making visible. Use the “The Quote Sandwich” technique.
      • Quote the passage/lines using proper MLA citation formatting (be sure to quote accurately).
      • Paraphrase the quote (put it in your own words).
      • Explain how this quote helps Douglass to illustrate his problem.

In your response, use the following format:




  • Before publishingyour post, make sure you do the following:
    • Title it “Responding to Douglass”
    • Pick the category “Unit 1”
  • Respond to the Discussion Question “Douglass’s Writing Strategies”: Describe one of Douglass’s writing strategies that gets your attention. Quote or paraphrase the moment you are discussing and explain what he is doing and why it caught your attention. (Remember: for the Unit 1 Assignment, you will be writing your own speech or letter.)
  • If you did not get to it during class on Thursday 2/18, respond to the Discussion Question “Unit 1 Topics”: Name your discourse community and write out, in a sentence or two, the issue you are using for Unit 1.
  • Continue to research your Unit 1 topic (an issue from a discourse community in which you participate). Email or come to office hours if you have questions.


Thursday, 2/25 (synchronous session)

READING & WATCHING (do this before coming to class): 

Class Work: Pick a Model & Organize Your Ideas

  • We will write about and discuss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speech.
  • We will also continue working on Unit 1 during our virtual Zoom class session. Before coming to class, you must have your discourse community and issue ready to go and you should have done your research—or enough of the research that you feel you have information to help you persuade someone outsideyour discourse community that the problem you are describing is indeed a problem.
  • Here is the link for class:

1 Comment

  1. Diana

    Throughout Douglass speech two strategies he uses that catches my attention are Pathos and Rhetorical questions. A quote that stood out to me was “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which He is the constant victim.” In this quote Douglass conveys an emotion of sadness when he specifically states “he is the constant victim” and uses the word “Injustice” and “cruelty” him putting all this together in a sentence conveys an emotion of sadness, when you think of someone being treated with injustice, you think of actions that are inhumane in where there is no justification for the action being committed. Throughout the speech Douglass conveys a lot of emotions and he himself expresses them. Americans celebrate the 4th of july which signifies freedom, but, yet take away African Americans freedom.

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