Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016


Please sign in HERE. Your Final Reflection is included.
Please write your reflection in another program (i.e. MS Word or Google Drive) then cut and paste across. Writing directly in this form may result in loss of your work.

Revised work may be submitted in hard copy to my box in E103 until 3pm on Tuesday 06/14. I will now, due to my waylaid circumstances, also accept revisions and questions via email at until 3pm on Tuesday 06/14. Do NOT use attachments for revisions. Cut and paste the text into the email. You should receive a "got it" email from me within a few hours. If not text me at 917.359.5222. If you do not receive a response to the text within an hour or so, feel free to text as much as you want. I will not blame you.

All work is due by 3pm on Tuesday 06/14.

I will be in my office at E103S from 10:00 to 3:00 on 6/13 and 6/14. You may schedule an appointment or just drop by. Scheduled appointments will be seen first.

Blackboard has been wiggy. Do not rely on it. Apologies, but there is nothing I can do about that. I will post final grades there as soon as possible, but they sometimes do not go through.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016



We will not meet in the class today. Check back here for updates after 10:00am.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

6/1 Check Here for Updates

Hi folks, Apologies, but I am ill again today. Here is the work-around:

  • Drafts already submitted will receive comments via Laguardia email today. 
  • If you have a draft to submit (including rewrites), you may do so via gmail at Please indicate very clearly the course number. Comments will be as a reply to that email. 
  • All grades will be in Blackboard (it is illegal for me to email grades.)
  • You can either email me at or text me at 917.359.5222 with questions or concerns (no voicemail, please). 
Thank you for your patience. 

Dr. J

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Monday 5/23

I apologize for the technical difficulties with posting the drafts. We will handle it in class on Monday and there is, of course, no repercussions to your grade. Thank you for being so patient--and I swear all of this has worked for years before. Again, your grade will not suffer due to technical problems. 

M 5/23 Revisions. All prior work returned. 
W 5/25 Essay 4 DUE in my box in E103. We do not meet. I will NOT accept email copies. 
M 5/30 No Classes
W 6/1 Essay 4 Returned
M 6/6 All revisions DUE.
W 6/8 Final In-class Reflection Essay

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Online 5/18


Here is the online assignment for today. 
  1. Please post the draft of you research to date (cut and paste) as a "Comment" below. You should see a "Comment" button at the bottom of this post. Do not worry about formatting, we are focusing on the text (words) only at this point.
  2. Check back to the comments and reply to at least 3 classmates' drafts with both supportive and constructive (things to do) comments. What are they doing well? What do they need to work on now. Please restrict your comments to 1 positive and 1 constructive (you might want to fix it) comment per draft.
Schedule: To follow shortly

Attendance Today 5/18 is Online

Addendum: Attendance 5/18 is ONLINE. The links will be posted shortly (9:30). 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

We are on for Monday 5/2

Hi folks! We are on for Monday 5/2. I will see you in class.


  • Free-write: Eating Out (10 minutes)
  • Reading: An Essay by Moby "Why I Opened a Restaurant" 
  • Individual: Claims, Reasons, Evidence
  • Group: Claims, Reasons, Evidence
  • Class Discussion

  • Conferences in class (attendance is optional)
  • All work returned (well, maybe . . . )
  • Workshop and Research 
Final Days Schedule: TBA

Monday, April 18, 2016

Class Cancelled M4/18

Class is cancelled M 4/18. Apologies. It was a surprise to me as well. Check back for updates.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week Six: The Meatrix, The Most Dangerous Job, and Schedule Update

**W/4/13: I have an emergency meeting this morning. so we will Begin Class at 10:00am, but I will open the lab at class time and you may use the computers for whatever you like.**

Hi gals and guys and those who identify
differently. This week we will be writing Essay 3 in-class, then working on shutting down Fast Food Nation by discussing The Meatrix short films and planning for the research paper (Essay 4). I felt it made more sense to flip the schedule, so we will be writing the in-class essay first before final discussions and beginning research.  

"The Most Dangerous Job"
  1. Freewrite: Animals (10 minutes)
  2. What are the main words Schlosser uses to make his points about meat packing?
  3. What do you consider to be the most important revelations of this chapter?
  4. Did the chapter change your view on consuming meat? Why or why not?
The Meatrix: Pick one issue from The Meatrix that interests you and write about 250 words about it. Why do you find it interesting? Would you like to find out more? Write the reflection in your copy book.

Homework: "What's in the Meat?' 193-224.

Schedule (subject to change as needed)

M 4/11 Essay 3: In-class essay
T 4/13  Discussion of  "The Most Dangerous Job" 169-192 and "The Meatrix".
M 4/18  Prewriting and Research for Essay 4. All work returned. All grades in. Copy book evaluation.
Spring Break
M 5/2 Advanced MLA and Databases
W 5/4 Research
M 5/9 Essay 4 Topics and Discussion
W 5/11 Research and Essay Plan
M 5/16 Drafting
W 5/18 First "ugly" Draft DUE for Workshop
M 5/23 Revisions
W 5/25 Essay 4 DUE
M 5/30 No Classes
W 6/1 Essay 4 Returned
M 6/6 All revisions DUE.
W 6/8 Final In-class Reflection Essay

Monday, April 4, 2016

Week Five: The Meatrix

Online class 4/4/16

Today (Online)

Hi everyone! Well I am not dead yet, but the doctors keep calling me in, so we will do the following. Thank you for your patience. If you have not been to B333, it is a great computer lab.
  1. Sign-in HERE (attendance)
  2. Watch The Meatrix short animations HERE (watch all of them).
  3. Check out The Issues HERE. Skim all of them lightly then pick one that appeals to you.
  4. Pick ONE issue and respond to in your journal/copybook (about 500 words). Take time to really think about it.
  5. Post a comment on this post (the "Comments" button below) or HERE about your reaction to The Meatrix. Be sure you have logged in (above to the right). That would be your Gmail/Google log-in.
  6. Respond to three classmates' posts (activity grade). 
Next Class: Essay 2 Draft should be ready for the beginning of class for workshop. See the Essays folder if you are confused. Again, the samples are not "perfect" but "good".

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Week Four: Why the Fries Taste Good

This Week:
  1. Essay 1: Returned
  2. Editorial Marks and Comments
  3. Tutorials Overview
  4. Read: "Why the Fries Taste Good" (111-132). 
    1. Claim
    2. Reasons
    3. Evidence
    4. Logos
    5. Ethos
    6. Pathos 
  5. Basic in-text Citations for Fast Food Nation
  6. Workshop Essays 1 and 2
Next Week:
Essay 2 Due (Day 1)
Read: "The Most Dangerous Job" 169-192

Monday, March 21, 2016

Week Three: Summary and Response

This Week:
  1. Free-write: Friends
  2. Essay 1: Submit draft for evaluation. 
  3. Discussion of Chapters 2 (Day 1) & 3 (2nd day)
    1. Claim
    2. Reason 
    3. Evidence
  4. Essay 2: Assigned 
  5. Essay 2: Pre-writing
  6. Essay 2: Drafting (2nd Day)
Next Week:
  1. Essay 1: Returned
  2. Editorial Marks and Comments
  3. Tutorials Overview
  4. Read: "Why the Fries Taste Good" (111-132). 
    1. Claim
    2. Reasons
    3. Evience
    4. Logos
    5. Ethos
    6. Pathos 
  5. Basic in-text Citations for Fast Food Nation
  6. Workshop Essays 1 and 2
Effective Notes:  Free Write: “Work” (10 minutes) 3 significant words Re-read (read) “Behind the Counter” (59-88) Discussion: Main Ideas (Claims) 10:20. (report out for activity credit). Rhetorical Meta Discussion: How he does it? 10:40 Homework: • Read: Chapter 5: “Why The Fries Taste Good” (111-132) • Essay 2 Draft Due (Wed)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Week Two

  1. In-class essay #1 (The "Essays" link above).
  2. Review Syllabus (The "Essentials" link above).
  3. Buy the book Fast Food Nation.
  4. Read Fast Food Nation 1-10.
  5. Be prepared for a quiz. 
  1. Freewrite in the Journal: "What is an argument?" Please put "Entry 1" as the title (10 minutes).
  2. Sign-in to Blogger (Gmail)
  3. Lecture: Argument Basics (In the Lectures folder above)
  4. Activity 1: Group (for quiz credit): Give Examples of Claims, Reasons, Evidence, and Logos, Ethos, and Pathos (one example each) in the introduction to Fast Food Nation. You may hand-write these. Turn them in. 
  5. Lecture: The Anatomy of an Essay
  6. Essay #1: These are not marked. Pick them up.
  7. Google Drive: Type your essays up in Google Drive as directed (due next week). 
  8. When you are finished, return the blue books for credit (Activity 2).
For next time: Read Fast Food Nation Chapter 2 (32-57; we skip Chapter 1). Pay particular attention  to the use of Claims, Reasons, Evidence, and Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. Feel free to review the lecture as your read. You should mark the examples and be prepared to discuss and report (Activity 3).