Past homework

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Sept. 17-18 Black Elk Speaks and five MLA citations with double credit to speaker and editor

1. Read Black Elk Speaks, in full, by Weds/Thursday. Make note of answers for the study questions, making good notes of your own that you can then use to study for the W or Th concept check.

2. Do MLA style quotes. Do five, one in each format, using parts of the book that you feel will help you remember important concepts about Black Elk and his life's meaning. Do use Neidhardt and a page number as your author and page, but always include that Black Elk is the one speaking. For example, here's a paraphrase using this method that credits both the speaker and the editor: Black Elk said that the boys in his nation learned endurance and toughness using games like burning seeds on their hands (Neidhardt 60). Also do a single-entry Work Cited list using this as a book with an editor model on your MLA Print Resources page.

3. Look over the Corporate Research project information on my research page above, and consider what corporation you want to research. Do some preliminary research to BE SURE you can find externalities that are significant before you commit to your company! Consider cosmetics, food, war, beverage, pharmaceutical, and apparel industries besides high tech, big box, and fast food.


Please prepare to read Black Elk Speaks weekend of Sept. 12-13-14; start early if you are a slow reader or need time to absorb information; the whole book is assigned. If you need to get ahead and don't have it yet, it's online! See but DO buy your own copy; it's well worth having!


Due September 10-11: Corporations and Basic MLA five format citation style

Corporate Personhood. 1. READ & STUDY. Before and after reading, review the Corporation  study questions. I generally base your concept check upon the study questions. Then read pages 1-25 in Santa Clara Blues, by William Meyers. This reading looks at the definition and history of corporate personhood, a legal trick that gives corporations rights intended for humans.

2. WRITE UP FIVE FORMATTED MLA QUOTES FROM THE READING. We will review this part of the HW in class Monday and Tuesday, so please make every effort to be there in order to learn what to do. If you miss, come to an office hour to get the scoop. Pick out five quotes that are meaningful in helping you understand the Meyers article, matching each to ONE of the FIVE different MLA internal citation styles that are in the research packet we discuss in class on Monday-Tuesday. Thus you will have five quotes, one in each format. Remember that websites don't have page numbers but pdfs of documents often do, so in this case look for the page numbers in the Meyers document after the first few un-numbered pages. Using your research packet given in class M-T as a guide, add a Works Cited using the last name of the author, so you have a one-item Work (not Works) Cited list. Use the citation style for an article with an author on the Internet, and include ALL information that is on the style guide

Due August 27-28---- Snapshots, web work and writing. Due: second day of class. Purpose To let me see your writing, help me get to know you a little, to establish a snapshot of where history has brought us, and to allow you to consider how you feel about the future, given the past. Requires: webwork, writing. Consider the Global and also the US Snapshots. Write one full page, no more unless you’re inspired, a.& b. what you learned about the world and the US, and ADD (most important) c. discuss three specific facts that relate to you, and how. Leave 1.5” margins so I can respond! And please don't tell me you knew ALL this before--you can still consider it newly!

Due Sept. 2-3-- Read Chapter 8 in your text. Purpose: To acquaint you with the text, help you study for the concept check, and let me see your ability to do what a question requires and mine text for information. Do the Short Paragraphs work on p. 90 but don't do it short! It can be as long as necessary. Due: Sept. 3 for MW, Sept. 2 for TTh (second week of school). You may work on this with 1-2 other students, turning in ONE assignment with all names on it. Be very thorough and use every answer you can find and think of--that is, eight or ten for each question-no need to do short paragraphs; long ones are fine! Also read the questions carefully--a description of Reconstruction means to describe what it was like, not the politics behind it or Lincoln's unrealized dreams for it. Be prepared for any of the vocabulary on p. 89 on a concept check.

Due Sept. 3-4 Read The Jungle, immigration framework. Due:  Sept. 3 for MW, Sept. 4 for TTh (second week of school). Purposes: To introduce the plight of the poor immigrant in US history; to examine class heirarchies; to discuss the effects of marginalization, to have students begin to identify quotes that contain valuable information, to check student punctuation and style on quoted material.  Requires: Preview the study questions for the Jungle reading. Then read The Jungle chapters 14-15. Then pick and reproduce with correct punctuation any five quotes on paper--you will turn these in--limit three sentences each, or shorter-- that seem important and will help you recall the work. Finally, answer the  study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) to prepare yourself for a Sept. 3-4 concept check.


Work on being a fantastic student! Go to Take the 44-question survey, then print your results. At the bottom of the results page click on the page that explains what all the results mean. Review all strategies suggested for someone who scores as you did, especially those that correspond to your learning style. Pick TWO strategies that you would be willing to try, and try them on the work I am assigning in our class. Write a paragraph after you try them on how they worked, and whether you'll use them again. Turn in your results and your paragraph for EXTRA CREDIT. If you want to know even more about learning styles, visit Gavilan College's own Jane Maringer's webpage: