Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's been my pleasure

I've enjoyed working with you this semester, scholars, and I pray you'll continue to learn and grow as human beings in the days and years ahead.

At least one member of your class seems to have been confused from my comments yesterday evening concerning how the grades were likely to end up for the term. In case you're interested, here is how final grades were distributed for our class.
  • 3  A's
  • 8  B's 
  • 4  C's
  • 1  D
  • 2  F's
That's actually a pretty strong showing. I wish you all the best in your future studies.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's on the final

Here's the list of what I'll be drawing on in making up Wednesday's final exam.
  • Material from before the mid-term: about one-quarter to one-third of exam questions
  • Vocabulary: anecdote, culmination, demographic, diminution, exact (verb), explicit, fascism, forensic, innocuous, maternal, paternalism, placate, risqué, tangible
  • Readings: “In Jedwabne,” “Ruining Kids in Order to Save Them,” “The Parent Trap,” "Many Students Learn Little to Nothing in College. Surprise?"
  • Lecture material: concision & precision, denotation & connotation, Benghazi facts, MLA format, "class motto"

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Note on tonight's class meeting

In addition to workshopping your rough drafts tonight, we'll be having one-on-one conferences to talk about your research paper and how it's coming along. I'll have a signup sheet to schedule 10-minute meetings with me this evening. Time slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis as students arrive this evening.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Research paper instructions

Final copy due: Beginning of class Thursday, June 12, 2014
Rough draft due: Beginning of class Monday, June 9, 2014

Topic: Is Benghazi a scandal? Take a position one way or another and argue it, with evidence.

Audience: Average, high-school educated adult American who may know little or nothing about the Benghazi situation

  • Three pages typed, double-spaced, in MLA format
  • At least three sources cited in paper and included in Works Cited
Suggested outline:
  1. Introductory paragraph including main idea, thesis statement, and information on why the topic is relevant to your reader
  2. One to three paragraphs briefly summarizing the events of Sept. 11, 2012, and the events that followed as a result; choose these events carefully to support your main idea
  3. One to three paragraphs explaining why the situation is or is not a scandal; use or refer to concrete details to make your case
  4. One or two paragraphs bringing up the other side of the argument and shooting it down
  5. Conclusion reiterating whether or not it is a scandal and making concrete suggestions on what should be done from this point onward
  6. Works Cited page with at least three sources
For next time: Bring your rough draft to class ready to workshop the paper on Monday, June 9.

Working with sources

Evaluate the following sources for their suitability for using in your research paper. Develop a Works Cited list for the good sources.


CBS News.





King of Shambla.






Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Assignments for Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Learn the following vocabulary words, preferably before doing your reading assignment: culmination, explicit, innocuous, paternalism, placate, risque, tangible.
  • Read "Ruining Kids in Order to Save Them" and be prepared for a short quiz at the beginning of class over the article's content.
  • Create a Works Cited entry for "Ruining Kids."