Past homework

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Week of October 5

1. Read about a short introduction to the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, on its website (check out Initiatives section) and then proceed to the Center for Media and Democracy's expose of ALEC: Then do one last set of MLA quotes, using the five formats and BOTH sources; this time ALSO introduce each quote meaningfully and completely, as if you are using it to prove a point in a paper about ALEC. Note that a webpage without an author goes by the first word of its title; the title is not the same as the sponsor of the page, but is the headline over the part you are using to quote from. Include a Works Cited sheet with these two sources on it (or more if you click around the ALEC website and want to use something there), alphabetical by authors if they exist or by title (be sure you know which wording is the title; see above.)

2. Your next two videos are on doing research. Please watch #5 and #6 and do thorough, complete outlines with at least three levels of detail for each to turn in.

3. Your TEN corporation research project quotes, ON NOTECARDS and then photocopied so you keep the notecards and I get the copy so I see you are employing notecards, using the five formats (but two of each like this: 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 in the usual order) will be due at the same time your homework is due. Please also prepare a Works Cited page for this that exactly matches the sources you use in your quotes. Please note I will only accept photocopies of notecards for these, so make sure to do notecards and bring in copies of ten (three or four to a page?)



Week of Sept.28

1. Main reading is shorter than Black Elk! It's Sports, Colonialism, and US Imperialism by Gerald Gems. Look at the study questions and spend some time making notes or diagrams to answer them, including vocabulary. The first part of the article may be harder reading, but it gets easier! Once you've read, choose five quotes--two should be Gems quoting someone else (you'll know because a little number at the end of the sentence will take you to the endnote with the correct author in the last pages of the article). Again, make sure you distinguish between quoting Gems, the author, and quoting others Gems cites--in which case both must be mentioned. Find five quotes that will help you recall the article, and use the five formats. Make another one-item Work Cited list and this will be due in class Weds., Thursday, or Friday. If you are not getting the paraphrasing, try watching this or come and see me asap!

2. Learn related research skills and practice outlining. Watch four videos linked here, in the Research Without Fears series, numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. Just watch 1 and 2 to learn from them, but watch and also do outlines of 3 and 4, and turn them in with everything else on W-Th-Fr. Outlines should be well detailed, following a scheme of I A 1 a or something like it; they are not simple notes, but an indication of the structure and brief content (word or phrase or sentence) of each piece. For outline help, check your MLA packet for an outline handout or come for help. These websites may also be helpful: and

3. Your Corporation Paper. Look at the bottom of this file for great places to start searching for the right corporation. Five sources in proper MLA format are due in class on W-Th-Fr.Your Works Cited will show me that you have found adequate sources, understand how to use the MLA skills in real life, and can do a correct Works Cited list in alphabetical order that follows the examples in the guide you collated for yourself in class. Here is a sample that is a pretty good model, and which also models emphasis on book sources.


Extra Credit: Check out the most current corporate democracy fight regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, a lobby group in Washington DC that argues that it is a legal person and entitled to make big election campaign donations. Write enough so I see you understand, and then explain why you either support or oppose the ruling.


Week of Sept. 21

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 concept check. It is best to own a copy you can bring to class, but note that in a pinch, the text is online: See but DO buy your own copy; it's well worth having! .

2. Do MLA style quotes. Do five, one in each format as before, using parts of the book that you feel will help you remember important concepts about Black Elk and his life's meaning. Do use Neihardt 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 (Neihardt 60). Note that Black Elk speaks for 99 percent of the book, but if you quote one of his old buddies from the earlier pages, you must be clear who else is being quoted. 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.



Week of Sept. 14

Note that homework due week of Sept. 7 has now moved to past homework page.

Due September 16-17-18: 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 Abolish Corporate Personhood by Jan Edwards and Molly Morgan. 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 Friday, 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 article, matching each to ONE of the FIVE different MLA internal citation styles (use the same order as given on the sheet) on the sheet I gave out in class. 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 --no page numbers. Using your research packet (theone you had to collate) given in class as a guide, add a Works Cited using the last names of the authors in the order given in the reading, 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
3. Read Chapter 9 in your Brief Narrative History. It's not the best chapter in the book but it will maybe prepare you for Black Elk next week (which you may wish to start reading if you read slowly.) The ONLY questions from Chapter 9 to consider for the concept check (you can skip the vocabulary this week, and skip the questions at the end of their chapter) are does this chapter relate to the Jungle reading? How does it relate to the Corporation reading? How does it relate to immigration as we have discussed it?And how does it relate to the Nation Building project we discussed early on?


Weeks of August 31 and Sept. 7

A. Due second day of class. Short reading on success in history class, five quotes, and reaction. Use the text here. Pick five short quotes (you can use a few paraphrases too, but don’t have to) from the short essay and write or type them for me. After each one, respond with your thoughts about how this quote relates or does not relate to you and your intended mode of operation in this class.

B. Due second day of class EXCEPT for MW class, which is not going to do this because of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 7. Snapshots and why history matters. Consider the Global and also the US Snapshots.It will take time to read and think about them. Come to class the second day with THREE of the factoids copied on paper (not electronic)--choose three you have a reaction to, or three that relate to you, or three you care about. Prepare to discuss why in class. !

C. Due Sept. 9-10-11 (Weds., Thurs., or Friday of second week, depending on what class you're attending)-- Read Chapter 8 in your text The United States: A Brief Narrative History. Purpose: To acquaint you with the text, help you study for the concept check. Read the questions on p. 90 and consider them carefully--for example, a description of Reconstruction means to describe what it was like, not the politics behind it or Lincoln's unrealized dreams for it. Also be prepared for any of the vocabulary on p. 89 to be on your first concept check Sept. 9-10-11.

D. Due Sept. 9-10-11. Read The Jungle, immigration framework, do five MLA-formatted quotes. Purposes: To introduce the plight of the indigent 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 students' grasp of five MLA formats on quoted material. Requires: Preview the study questions for the Jungle reading. Then read The Jungle chapters 14-15. Pick and reproduce with correct punctuation any five quotes (actually two paraphrases and three quotes) on paper--you will turn these in. Use the MLA portfolio handout as a guide. Pick quotes that seem important and will help you recall or explain the work. Finally, consider, study, and possibly answer the study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) to prepare yourself for a Sept. 9-10-11 concept check.:

Extra credit

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:


Civil War Re-enactment in Hollister! Totally cool period costumes, battles, and situations! Sept. 11-13 at San Benito County Historical Park. Go to volunteer (Don Pidd, Caretaker
San Benito County Historical Park
831-902-9349 cell email) or just to watch. Write up for me what you saw, did, and learned about the Civil War, and I'll give you some extra credit.



Anything below this line could be seriously confusing to you, as it is based on past years and not your semester's work!

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