English 1101 one word essay

David Jaradeh


October 28,2018

English essay


Friday and Saturday (shabbat) in the jewish religion are considered the holy days of the week. On friday night at sundown we go to shul (synagogue) and pray. The men  in the shul are wearing suits and the women would wear modest clothes such as dresses and skirts  that cover up their knees and elbows in terms for modesty. During the holy shabbat in the synagogue the men and women would sit separately from each other. For example: the men would be on the ground level of the synagogue, and the women would be sitting on the balcony on top praying to gd for returning our souls back to our bodies and being able to live another day just like the day before.

When we pray there would be a rabbi sitting in front of the whole shul and there would also be a hazan of the shul which would sing the prayers in the center of the shul and everybody would follow his lead meanwhile praying. Us men go to the synagogue every friday night before eating dinner with our families and also go on saturday mornings and come back saturday afternoon to pray. During shabbat we do not drive, use our cellular devices, work out, work, and do not do anything that requires work. This holy weekend is a day of rest for us jews that we cannot do anything but enjoy that god gave us this day to rest up and take advantage of it. When women show up on saturday mornings there view from the balcony looking down their point eye would be a sea of heads with men wearing yamakas. Yamakas is what a man wears on his everyday life and especially to shul which represents that god is above you.

After sundown prayers are over, people go home for their shabbat meal. As they leave shul to go home we say to each other the words “shabbat shalom”. Shalom means peace used as a greeting and farewell. My family uses the word shalom as a greeting because it is common. Nowadays people use it greeting for a father, mother, sister, brother, cousins, friends, and strangers just to say hello. The word shalom also means peace and the word is originated during biblical times.

“ Shalom” is taken from the depth meaning called shalam, which means: “ to be safe in mind, body or estate,” or even “ peace upon you”. It shows us jews to encourage a person to give back, that you should always have a peace in the mind, to never ever be stressed, in the body and to have a good calm estate. “ peace upon you” states that you should never have conflict with anybody or anyone in any nation and just always have peace within yourself and always be calm.

Our land Israel is located in the middle east, that is surrounded by all arab countries. We usto be in war with Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. But we finally made  shalom (peace) with these countries and have no more battles against each other.  We have a bible called the Torah. The talmud explains, “The entire torah is for the sake of the ways of shalom” which states: that our bible is for the sake of the good and just to make peace in every way and everyday and not have conflict with anyone or anything.

When we get into arguments with people, family, friends, and acquaintances we often say  rude comments or even contempt people without actually even meaning it. People sometimes go back and forth to each other without realizing that it is a waste of time. In the end of the arguments people use the word shalom peace to become friendly and take back all the rude comments they said. The shalom in this part shows us that we can make peace in any way regarding any argument someone makes. Us people should always use shalom in our daily lives just to remember that we should never hold  grudge on somebody, just make peace and go on with our daily lives. Shalom is a peace, a greeting, the name of g-d , is a name, and is a key to life. The mishnah says: G-d did not find a vessel that could hold blessing other than shalom (peace).

Sometimes when we drive somewhere really far or even take a flight somewhere we say this prayer called birkat haderech which we pray that we get to our destination safely without any harm done to us. People say in hebrew to the other people traveling saying in hebrew “ Tesa beshalom ve tich or veshalom” which means go in peace and come back in peace and safely. This word is really serious in our daily lives, we just want to live peacefully without any harm done to us or anybody in the world.  True shalom only comes from g-d everything that happens to us on our daily lives whether it is peace or not we hope that g-ds blesses us everyday to get to go through our daily routine in peace and not have any complications.

Shalom  expresses our wellbeing. In Israel a teacher would walk into a classroom and say “Shalom Ma shlomcha or Shalom kita” which means Hi how are you and hi class. There is many ways to say it. In my community people just say it just to say hello. In our torah the word is mostly common with state of affairs, one of well being, tranquility, prosperity, security, circumstances, unblemished by any sort of defect, and as well as a blessing. Its significance is thus not limited to the political domain, to the absence of war and  enmity or to the social absence of quarrel and strife.

Shalom in my community and to the jews is a very powerful and strong word in our daily lives. We use it for hello and for protection.The Hebrew word for peace, shalom (שׁלום) is the key and we will always follow it for as long as this generation continues it will always be passed down.


For Weds

Hey, everyone– papers are due by the beginning of class on Wednesday.  The paper assignment is listed in the post below, and if you’re confused, you can also refer to the “what I will be grading you on” handout from today’s class. You can also email me.  PLEASE BRING IN A PAPER COPY AND ALSO POST A COPY TO THE WEBSITE UNDER DOCS (as you did last time.) Just cut and paste. Don’t worry about tags.

You will need a works cited page, which you can do (in MLA format) easily on www.easybib.com. Make sure you are using MLA formatting and only use “I only want to create citations.” We’ll talk about why on Weds.

For in-text citations, review the rules on the Purdue OWL HERE. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you may have to google something more complicated, like “How to cite a youtube video using MLA in-text.”

Remember, your paper goes down 1/3 of a letter grade (A- to B+) each day it’s late for the first three days. After that, it will go down a full letter grade every day it is late. That means it is an automatic F after 6 days late!

Tuesday meetings in my office (Namm 525)

  • 11:30: Amani Nassar
  • 11:45 Lansey Censier
  • 12:00 Michael Bunsen
  • 12:15 Alexandra Sandoval

For Monday– and some answers about the essay

For Monday, bring in TWO PAPER COPIES  of the first 500 words of your “portrait of a word”essay. If you lost the essay assignment, HERE is another copy.  JUST DOING THIS ROUGH DRAFT AND BRINGING IT IN IS 20% OF YOUR PAPER GRADE.  That’s it! That’s all you have to do! Bring in the full 500 words printed out on paper (two copies) ON TIME to class on Monday!

So, what am I looking for?

Content: I want to know why the word is important to you and your community and why the reader should care! (Coates wanted readers to know that “for all their guns and their gold” some words do not belong to white folks. Diaz wanted readers to know that whether or not you believe in the fuku, it believes in you.)

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO QUOTE DIAZ OR COATES. You do have to bring in outside research– either by way of quotation or summary. But this paper cannot be only about your own experience. This is about YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY in the world.  You need at least three outside sources. We will review proper citation on Monday. Just put the summary or quotations in there (and make a note of where you got them from). IF YOU DID NOT WRITE A SENTENCE OR PHRASE OR PARAGRAPH, MAKE SURE YOU PUT IT IN QUOTES AND MAKE A NOTE OF WHO DID WRITE IT!!

note: you can choose what kind of language to use, as it says in the essay assignment. You do not need to use both informal and formal language. Choose which one works best!

Structure: In class, I drew some CRAZY diagrams on the board. Here’s the deal: Diaz wrote in a storytelling structure; he built and built and built up to his point (the fuku believes in you!) Coates wrote in more of a traditional essay structure. I don’t care which one you write in– it’s up to you to decide which you think works best (or even if another works best.) I will tell you what I DON’T want, though: “You can use Hella to mean _____. You can also  use hella to mean ________ or you can use it to mean ____.” In other words, I don’t want a structure that just stands still and doesn’t get to any point ever.

Remember the most important question– WHY SHOULD THE READER CARE? You might not directly come out and say “This is why this should matter to you” but the reader should not be left wondering, “so what?”


For Wednesday

For Weds, I want you to finish the research of your word, and AROUND your word. That is, make sure you are researching not only the main topic (the word itself) but also subtopics. For example, if your word is “gangsta,” then you might research not only where that word comes from, but a person you think is particularly gangsta. Or gangsta rap. Or the ways in which politicians call young people of color “gangsters” to instill fear.

Please bring in paper copies of the articles you FIND USEFUL and would use in your papers to class on Wednesday– at least three USEFUL articles (NOT wikipedia. That is a fine place to start, but not a great place to finish.) The OED entry counts as one article, if you think that is something you might use.

This might be helpful for those of you using Spanish words: Spanishetym.com

For Monday

First of all, we will meet on Monday at the front of the library– on the fourth floor!!  You need to come prepared with the idea of the word (or short phrase) that you intend to use for your “Portrait of a Word” essay! Remember this word does not need to be in English, or in proper English (it could be in slang, in Spanish, in Spanglish, in Urdu, in your work jargon, in the private language you and your siblings used to speak– whatever!) It should be the word that belongs to a group of people you belong to, though, not a broad word like “love” or “family,” but a word that INCLUDES some people and that other people don’t fully understand.  If you’re kind of lost about a word, think about the groups you’re a part of (friend groups, family, religious groups, ethnic groups, work groups) and what language is important to those groups. The best way to find a word important to you will be to PAY ATTENTION  to yourself talking and the people around you talking. What words stand out to you? Look in your favorite song lyrics. Is there a word or short phrase you remember your grandmother (or other relative) always saying to you? Ask your mom your first word. Ask your sister/ best friend/ boyfriend/ girlfriend what words or phrases they associate with you.

For homework: in your journals, write at least 1/2 page about what you KNOW about this word or phrase. Write at least another 1/2 page about you WANT to know. Then do ten minutes of research about the word (time it!) Then write a half page about what you LEARNED from your research. The final step is the PLUS (+) Write 3-4 sentences about what you still want to know about this topic.

Remember, you can write and research AROUND the word– Coates writes about the history of his word in the NFL. Diaz writes about the history of his word in the DR and with the Kennedy’s. You probably don’t want to just research the history of the word itself. If you are having a hard time writing enough about the word, you might want to pick a different word!

If you are totally stuck, you can pick a word off this list, or use it for ideas:

  • Zombie (I forgot to tell you guys that zombies are actually real. Look it up!)
  • Bitch (much like Coates’ essay, I think that this one is a word only women should attempt)
  • Kleptocracy
  • Dictator
  • Censorship
  • Narcissist
  • Wildin (look up history of the word “wilding”)
  • Woke
  • Bodega
  • Shlimazel (if you don’t know what it means, don’t write about it.)
  • Chilango/a (again, if you don’t know what it means, don’t write about it.)
  • Drop a dime (in old time language, this meant to rat someone out to the police)
  • Grifter (a con-man, someone who is trying to pull tricks to get money)
  • Swagger
  • Gangster/ gangsta

For Weds

  1. Read and annotate excerpt from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. You must also read the footnotes– the little stuff at the bottom of the page! (If you missed class on Monday, please come pick up a copy of the reading from outside my office (525 Namm.) They will be in a hanging file folder next to the door of the office. Also in this folder are the assignment sheets for essay #2 ” A portrait of a word.” Please take one and read it. )
  2. In your journals, write 1/2 a page about what you KNOW after reading the Oscar Wao excerpt. In other words, what did you learn from reading this? Be SPECIFIC!!
  3. Then, write another 1/2 page about what you WANT to know after reading this. Here, I’m asking you to write about things you could research.  Did Diaz say something about Trujillo or the DR that you want to hear more about? Was there something else you were curious about? Again, you need to be specific. You can’t just say “I want to know more about Trujillo.” What, specifically, would you like to know that you didn’t find out from reading this excerpt?

Note: Paper 2, “A portrait of a Word,” will be due on Oct 31. You do not need to know what word you’re going to use yet, but you will need to know by Monday, Oct 22.

For Monday

Hey everyone– good job on the midterm!  Your homework for the weekend is to read and annotate “In Defense of a Loaded Word” by Ta-Nehesi Coates (which I handed out on Wednesday) and to answer the 4 questions on the back of the packet.

Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to write an essay about this article, though I do expect you to read it thoughtfully. Also, an important note: it might make the conversation slightly difficult, but I don’t want us to use the word Coates is writing about in class. He goes into pretty great detail as to why people who aren’t black shouldn’t use it, and it certainly isn’t my intention to offend anyone with this conversation. So we’ll need to tread lightly.

EXAM OCTOBER 10– and meetings.

Hi everyone. We have an exam on October 10. It will take the entire class. If you cannot make the exam, you must tell me before hand, and you must provide official verifiable proof. You must also take an alternate version of the exam.

There is no official homework, but you will want to prepare for the midterm. But what are some ways you might do that?

  3. Think about the kind of questions I will probably ask. You will have a choice of two questions. They will both ask you about 1. The text (Zombie Article) 2. The reader (You) and 3. The World (something about the world outside of the text.)
  4. Practice writing thesis statements. What kind of thing could you write about that would be interesting enough that you can write about it for an hour? That you can make multiple points about it? You don’t want something too huge or too small. I know this sounds ridiculous, but this would be VERY helpful.
  5. You totally don’t have to do this, but for fun, you could watch a monster movie. Or go down some internet research wormhole looking up monsters!

Remember, I am not looking for the “right answer.” There IS NO RIGHT ANSWER (which is a drag, I know.) I am looking for YOUR answer. I am looking for your thoughtful response to the question (which will have to do with your thoughts on Klostermann and how we as Americans view monstrosity) backed up with Points, Information and Explanation. 

You may bring the following with you: The Zombie article, the quotation handout and the monster story you wrote. However, do not feel obligated to use your previous writing– it could kind of mess you up to try to make it fit. This is just a resource.

You may listen to music while you write if you like as long as no one else can hear it. 

(tips on writing the actual essay are below meeting times)


My office is in Namm 525. This is on the 5th floor. Once you get off the elevator, you will see some vending machines. Behind the vending machines is a little hallway. Go in and take a left. There is my office! Please note: these are my meetings for both classes.  Please email me if you would like to make an appointment.


  • 10:30 Andy Huang
  • 11:15 Cloyde
  • 11:30 Giovanni
  • 12:00 Michael
  • 12:15 Jonathan Alexander
  • 12:45 Hend
  • 3:30 Kelvin


  • 1:30 Omrit
    1:45 Mohammad
    2:15 David


  1. Read and re-read the essay question.
  2. If it helps you, brainstorm ideas.
  3. Write a thesis. Revise it. Make sure it’s “the right size.” Is it a statement? Is it worth discussing? Are YOU interested? Do you have points you can make to support it? This is the key to an in-class exam, finding a thesis that fits.
  4. Brainstorm some points that fit your thesis. On scrap paper, put these in order. Leave some space under each
  5. Brainstorm some information to back up each point. When you write, you will also EXPLAIN these points and information. Why is it important? What do YOU think? What do you want your reader to think? If it helps you, jot down some ideas about explanations. It’s also okay to wait on this part (as long as you do it in the actual essay.
  6. Take a second to make sure that your supporting points back up your thesis. If not, do you need to change a point? Or tweak your thesis a bit?
  7. Take a breath. And get started!

I will not be grading the pre-writing you do. But I guarantee you that if you just sit down and spill out everything on your mind, your essay won’t make any sense. If you give a moment to think of your thesis and your main Points (and Info and Explanations,) you will know what your paragraphs will look like. Be willing to let your ideas change as you write. The outline just gives you a place to begin and go back to if you get stuck. 

Homework for Wednesday and info about exam

Hello, people! For class Wednesday, please:

  1. Print out, read and annotate this article (CLICK HERE). This is the article you will be writing your midterm exam on.
  2. Review the quotation handout. Then, using the zombie article and following the rules outlined in the quotation handout, write a paragraph in which you introduce a quote, summarize it and analyze it. POST THIS PARAGRAPH TO “DOCS” ON THE WEBSITE BY CLASS TIME WEDNESDAY!

EXAM: Please remember that the Midterm Exam will be on Wednesday, October 10. You MUST take this exam in order to pass this class, just as you MUST turn in every major paper in order to pass this class. Only absences accompanied by doctor’s notes or other official documentation AHEAD OF TIME will be considered.