For Monday 12.6.2010

Please come to class with the book, The Measure of Our Success, by Marian Wright Edelman.  You should have been following the syllabus (in terms of reading) and should be almost finished with this short book (if you haven’t finished already). 

Please arrive on time and prepared for a class discussion.

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The Final Exam

The Final Exam will be given on Monday, December 13, 2010. 

Bring a blue book.  The information below is intended to guide you in your studies for the final. If you know the vocab words, concepts and can answer the questions, you will do well on the exam.  Use your class notes, handouts (info posted on the class blog), quizzes and online responses to help you study and prepare.

English 28 Final Exam Study Guide

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Online Response #10: You and What You’ve Read

This semester, we’ve addressed a number of issues regarding technology, education, ethnicity and identity, race, class and illegal immigration.  Which reading(s), unit(s) and/or theme(s) stood out and affected you most?  Explain why the reading(s), unit(s) and/or theme(s) resonated with you in detail. 

Remember:  This assignment is not a text message or Tweet.  Use complete sentences, with correct punctuation marks, spell out words and proofread your responses.

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Essay #4

Click on the link below, to access the fourth and final essay assignment for this semester.  This assignment will be thoroughly discussed in class.

English 28 Essay 4 and Notes on Types of Essays and Basic Five Paragraph Structure

This assignment is due on Wednesday, December 1st.  You are required to bring 3 typed copies of the essay to class on Wednesday.  All other details and essay requirements are stated in the handout.  If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail me at blountj@wlac.edu.

Note:  If you are absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure you have all the details of this assignment.  You need to contact me for missed information.

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Get Help Now!!

If you need help writing essays or are unsure of certain concepts discussed in class, remember we have a class tutor available to help you.

Contact Betty  V. at the following e-mail address: betty137@sbcglobal.net.  Contact her to arrange a time to meet.

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Online Response #9: Functional Illiteracy

I’ve stated the importance of being able to clearly and effectively communicate with others on the first day of class, and on more occasions than I (or you) can recall . . . . . and here I go again.  However, this time, the words are from another instructor. 

Click on the link below, to read about another college instructor’s experience with students who the author describes as being “functionally illiterate.”

Just Sayin – Functional Illiteracy (blog post at www.ahmjustsayin.wordpress.com)

When a person cannot read or write at all, they are considered purely illiterate.  However, those who can read and write basic sentences, with limted vocabulary, are considered functionally illiterate.  In other words, they can barely read or write. 

What do you think about this issue of functional illiteracy?  What about the student example she included in her post?  Does this concern you? Do you know someone who is functionally illiterate?  Who or what is to blame for functional illiteracy (if you think someone or something should take blame at all)?  How can this problem be solved?

Remember:  This assignment is not a text message or Tweet.  Use complete sentences, with correct punctuation marks, spell out words and proofread your responses.

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News Articles Related to Class Readings and Discussions

Click on the links below to check out several news articles related to our class readings and discussions.

Ethnicity, Race & Stereotypes

11.9.2010   “Black education gap looks worse yet” (New York Times)

“Time: How Stereotypes Defeat the Stereotyped”
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1897009,00.html

“Science gets the last laughs on ethnic jokes”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9598717/

Psychology Today: Bias
http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/bias

“Negative Stereotypes Shown to Affect Learning, Not Just Performance, Study
Finds”
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100726151602.htm

“Children who form no racial stereotypes found”
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=racial-stereotypes-children

Technology & Social Media
“Facebook spent $6,600 to kill privacy act”
http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/10/28/5367471-facebook-spent-6600-to-help-kill-social-network-privacy-act

“Baby killed for disrupting mom’s Facebook time”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39896533/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

“Google says it’s building stronger privacy controls”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39851797/ns/technology_and_science-security/

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