Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Joe Turner Come and Gone Second Discussion

Answer one of my questions.

Comment on one of your peer's answers.

Ask a question of your own!

5 possible for each post.
-1 for each typo
-1 for grammar mistakes
-2 for each wrong answer/information used
-5 for closed questions.

Your Turn...

Ask a question. The higher level thinking required, the more points you earn...

Question #13

What metaphor do you think Wilson is implying with Ruben's pigeon situation?

Question #12

Why do you think Loomis needs to find Martha? Why do they keep searching? What does Loomis means when he says he "smells" her?

Question #11

Consider Mattie and Jeremy's conversation. Do you agree with Mattie or Jeremy's philosophy on relationships, self, and life in general? Why?

Question #10

Do you believe in the idea of being bound to someone? In everything "happening for a reason?" What examples of these two similar ideas exist in the play (so far)?

Question #9

What can Bynum fix? Is he responsible in the use of this power?

Question #8

Do you agree with Seth's decision not to tell Loomis about Martha Pentacost? What evidence does Seth give for this decision?

Question #7

Bynum says, "Somethings is worth taking the chance going to jail about." Do you agree that music is something Jeremy should risk a run-in with the cops over?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Joe Turner Come and Gone Activity

Posts will not immediately appear on the blog. They will first go through Ms. Miller. Posts with nonsensical answers, grammar errors, or that are very vague, will not be posted. To get full credit, students must use evidence from the play in their answers. Feel free to post questions about the assignment here.

Question #7

Bynum refers to a "song of my own." What does that mean?

Question #6

How does Selig's "People Finding" business compliment his "Housewares (pots, dustpans) Selling" business? Is he exploiting the African Americans in the community? If so, how?

Question #5

What is country-style living? What evidence is there of the conflict city vs. country ? How does Wilson succeed in connecting it to his main purpose in writing this play (remember, we know why he wrote this play)?

Question #4

Who is sympathetic with Jeremy and his predicament? Who is not? Why?

Question #3

What signs of racial tension do you see in the play so far?

Question #2

How does Wilson use humor? Based on what we've read so far, where and why?

Question #1

What is a rootworker or a conjurer? Which characters practice it or believe in it, and which do not? Why?


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Remember, you can email me with any questions. Don't leave this imprlortant paper to the last minute. Don't settle or less than your full potential.

Annotated List of W. C. Example

This is a good example of a properly formatted ALWC.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills information from Class--Click to enlarge each image.
Information from http://managementhelp.org/commskls/presntng/basics.htm

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Power Point and YouTube

Many students have asked me if it is possible to embed a YouTube video in a MS Power Point presentation. Yes. Check out the link Mr. Rojahn sent me:

Note: it takes careful reading and does not work for every video (there is a way to prevent it from being embedded by the person who uploads it).

Conclusion ideas and rules


Various ways to end an essay:

  • Summarize your ideas
  • Issue a call to action--encourage the reader to believe and act on your opinion
  • Make a prediction
  • Conclude with a story that briefly gives an example of your opinion

Things to avoid in concluding:

  • Do not introduce new ideas
  • Do not restate your thesis in the exact same way
  • Do not write "In conclusion"
  • Do not tell the reader waht you've told them--"I have proven"

Here are some links to help you

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Transitions for Composition

List of Mistakes found in Rough Drafts

  • paginate
  • margins
  • space between paragraphs
  • internal citations--also known as parenthetical citation. IT'S NOT JUST FOR QUOTES!!!!!
  • "p." is not needed for page numbers
  • YOU--never, ever, write in the second person (unless you are writing a letter).
  • italics are only to be use for titles
  • paragraphs: should never be longer than 3/4s of a page
  • periods and quotation marks: either behind (89). or inside "blah blah."
  • big font is the oldest trick in the book. Seriously?
  • Times New Roman or Arial, size 12. Period.