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Week four

Black Elk Speaks, reading strategies, and five MLA citations with double credit to speaker and editor

1. Read Black Elk Speaks, through Chapter 18, the Powers of the Bison and the Elk, by Weds. We will fininsh the rest next week. Make note of answers for the study questions, making good notes of your own that you can then use to study for the concept checks, two of which will deal with this material two weeks in a row. 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. Try three more reading strategies. New ones, not lazy old ones. I can tell. You bet. At least one should be some kind of graphic organizer or list. Write a bit about what you tried, how it worked, and whether you will keep each strategy. Here's a list so far taken from your latest homework!.

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--Neihardt is the editor--on your MLA Print Resources page


Week three

Corporations and Basic MLA five format citation style

1. READ & STUDY. Before and after reading, review the Corporation study questions above. 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. TRY THREE MORE READING STRATEGIES.Write a bit about what you tried, how it worked, and whether you will keep each strategy. Here's a list so far taken from your latest homework!

3. WRITE UP FIVE FORMATTED MLA QUOTES FROM THE READING. We will review this part of the HW in class Tuesday, so please make every effort to be there with a rough draft 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 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

4. Read Chapter 10 in your Brief Narrative History. The vocabulary is all fair game for the concept check, as are notes on the movie about capitalism, class discussion/lecture, the questions at the end of the chapter, and the following questions: 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?


To start off well, work on being a better student! Go to Read the material explaining the learning styles survey, then at the bottom click on the survey itself, and take it. Get your score and results, and print them out. Then go click on the Strategies link for your learning mode. Pick TWO 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

Week Two:

A. 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.

B. 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.:

Week One:

A. “Success in History” practice finding five meaningful quotes. Due second day of class. Find the class homepage. Find the week’s homework. Click on Success in History link. Purposes: to help you follow directions, think about your own methods of learning, and understand some of the challenges this class may pose.Use the text I provide in the online Word file here. Pick five short quotes 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/or to your intended mode of operation in this class. Note: I don’t want how each quote relates to others, or in general, but to YOU!


B. Snapshots, web work and writing. Due: second day of class. Purposes: 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 World & US Snapshots. Simply read these files carefully. Now choose at three quotes, at least one US and one Global, and simply  copy,write or type them onto a piece of paper. This part’s important! Bring them to class early or on time on the second day—I will check them off as on-time in the first ten minutes.After that you will use them in class. I can’t give credit to those that come in after my check-off time.










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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