For Sept 12

Dear 1101ers,

We don’t meet again until Sept 12– this time on a Wednesday schedule.

For homework, Using the plan for rereading you wrote in class, I would like you to REREAD Shop Class as Soulcraft (link is in the last post.) Take care to set yourself up in a place that will be conducive to good reading– play music if it helps, or stay quiet if that helps. Take breaks! Eat snacks! Use context clues to understand your vocabulary! Use a different color of ink to annotate this time. I will be collecting your articles at the end of this unit, so… don’t sleep on the reading, don’t sleep on the homework, don’t sleep on the annotation. I noticed some people in class hadn’t annotated at all (though many of you had.) It is really too early in the class to get behind, friends! You need to do this work to get a good grade on this unit and to write this paper.

PART TWO OF HOMEWORK: In your notebooks (you can type it and put it in there if that’s easier for you,) write 350 words at least of what you learned from rereading. USE AT LEAST TWO QUOTES  to illustrate your points. That is, if you say that you learned something about the ways blue collar work was devalued in America, please pick a quote by Crawford that explains your point, and– most importantly, EXPLAIN CRAWFORD’S QUOTE IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  This is important because we all read differently. YOUR readers are going to want to know what Crawford’s writing means to you.

PART THREE OF HOMEWORK: In the discussion forum on the Open Lab, write one SPECIFIC question you still have about the article. Link HERE

For Sept 5

  1. Remember to get onto the Open Lab– if you have not yet joined, email me with your CityTech email! Make sure to add the course number for this class
  2. Remember we won’t meet until Weds, but we will be on the Monday schedule

HOMEWORK: Read “Shop Class as Soulcraft” (handed out in class, or online HERE.) Annotate the text– by which I mean, you should mark it up with your thoughts and questions. Talk back to the text in writing!

I would also like you to write what is called a “Difficulty Paper.” This is an INFORMAL paper (I’m not grading grammar or organization– this is just a response to the text) in which you write about what you found difficult or confusing about the article and, most importantly, WHY. Be specific! If you found the sentence structure confusing, quote a sentence that confused you and point to what specifically bothered you. If you found an idea you disagreed with, quote that idea directly. Explain why you disagreed, and where you think the writer went wrong. The reason we do this is that the places we get stuck are often the places where we’re doing our best thinking!  THESE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 350 WORDS. PLEASE TYPE THEM, PRINT THEM AND BRING THEM TO CLASS ON WEDS!