Due Mon. April 28, 2014
1. Analysis of the film review "A funny touching "Gigolo'" (also in the paper dated April 18). This is to be cut out and pasted and handed in to me with each paragraph labeled accordingly in the exact same format with which you did the news articles earlier this semester.
2. Bring to class the Los Angeles Times for Friday, April 25, 2014.
3. Textbook, Chapter 6: TESTS 3 - 6, pages 303 - 311.
Due Wed. April 23, 2014
1. Using the Film Review structural elements that you learned in class, identify the structural functions of the article titled "'Hateship, Loveship' loses its way" in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times issued on Friday, April 18, 2014.
YOU WILL NOT BE HANDING THIS ASSIGNMENT IN TO ME; you simply need to read the article and write your answers in the margins of the article right in the newspaper. When you come to class, you will have your paper with your answers in front of you, and we will review this work as a class.
2. ADVANCE NOTICE: Due on Monday, April 28:
a. Analysis of the article "A funny touching "Gigolo'" (also in the paper dated April 18). This is to be cut out and pasted and handed in to me with each paragraph labeled accordingly in the exact same manner with which you did the news articles earlier this semester.
b. Bring to class the Los Angeles Times for Friday, April 25, 2014.
3. If you have not done so already, get your own copy of A Day No Pigs Would Die. We will begin reading it in class very soon.
Due Mon. April 21, 2014
1. Exercises in Textbook Chapter 6 -- Exercises 1 - 9.
2. Bring to this class the Los Angeles Times for Friday, April 18, 2014.
3. Be sure to get your A Day No Pigs Would Die as we will be using it soon in class.
Due Wed. March 26, 2014
Due Wed. April 16, 2014
Bring your Textbook to class.
Due Mon. April 14, 2014
Due Wed. April 2, 2014
1. There is no class on Monday, March 31, as it is Caesar Chavez Day, and LA Mission is closed. I made a mistake when I put together the calendar for this class in not scheduling that day off.
So, the schedule is now as follows: Wed, April 2 is our next class, and after that is Spring Break (April 7 - 13). On April 2nd we will finish going over chapter 5, and we will review for the MIDTERM exam which is now going to be on April 14, the first day back to class after Spring Break.
2. Read and Study for the MIDTERM.
3. Read Chapter 5 and do exercises 1 - 6 to be handed in on April 2.
4. DO the LABWORK. This is a key component of your grade. If you have not been doing the Labwork, it is my strong recommendation that you get that going immediately. In fact, Spring Break is a perfect time to devote to it. You need to have put in 13 hours by the end of the semester, so doing 6 - 8 hours in the next couple of weeks would put you on track for where you should be at this point in the semester.
5. No newspaper article is due (even though I had you purchase yesterday's paper) because of the scheduling mistake that I made.
1. Quiz #3 - Textbook Chapter 3 and all material covered in class thus far. Vocab on this quiz will be all words through #33.
2. Purchase the LA Times for Tuesday, March 25, 2014. You do not have to bring it to class, but you will have an article assignment due the following class.
3. In the textbook, read the remainder of Chapter 4 and do exercises 2 - 5 to be handed in.
Due Mon. March 24, 2014
1. Analyze and hand in the article titled "West Levies Sanctions on Russians" on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
2. Hand in 10 vocab words from the article assigned above with your guesses and dictionary definitions.
3. In the textbook, read Chapter 4 through page 169 and do exercise #1.
***We will be continuing with the textbook in class, so be sure that you have yours with you.
***The quiz on Wed will include the new vocab through #33 on the vocab list. It will also include some questions such as you the ones that you have done for homework in Chapter 3 regarding identifying/locating topic sentences.
***If you have any questions about the material covered so far in class and in homework assignments, Monday is the day to ask them. REMEMBER, the quizzes are designed to prepare you for the Midterm; the better prepared you are for each quiz, the easier the Midterm will be for you.
Due Wed, March 19, 2014
1. Purchase and bring to class the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
2. Open the tab labeled "Class Materials: POETRY." Go to the document labeled "Poetry of Langston Hughes." Print the poem "Ballad of the Landlord." Do the same analysis that we did in the classroom in which you:
a. Divide the poem into three sections: beginning, middle, end.
b. Label each section with a title that makes the most sense to you based on what you think that section means. In other words, what is the message being given to you from the author for just that section.
NOTE : Remember, you first need to understand the literal meaning of the poem - such as, what's the event, what's the story, what happened? BUT, it is the figurative meaning - the poetic interpretation - that I am looking for you to identify. Being literate means being able to read and understand something on more than one level at the same time. In this case, you will use your literal reading of the poem to come to an understanding of the poem's larger message.
c. Coalesce the three labels you assigned to the beginning, middle, and end into ONE sentence that makes a statement about the meaning (the import, the impact, the message the author wants you to get) of the poem.
3. Follow the same instructions given above to analyze Shakespeare's Sonnet #29 which I handed out in class. You will also find it in the Poetry tab should you need it.
4. Be sure to have you textbook for this class - we will be digging into it.
Due Mon., March 17, 2014
1. Analyze the article, "Pacific Palisades Hoping Change Won't Kill Charm," in the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
2. From the article above, find ten new vocabulary words with your guesses and dictionary definitions.
3. In the textbook, do Tests 3, 4, and 5 on pages 157 - 163.
4. Do your lab work on Reading Plus.
NOTE: I chose the "Pacific Palisades" article because it offers the right structural challenge for us - not too hard, not too easy, not too long. But, I would rather have chosen one of the other articles because the content there is more poignant. For example, check out the article on the killings in the Sudan, or the one about the Mexican cartel boss and his "mystic persona."
Part of my mission for my Dev Com students is not just to get you to read the newspaper and come to an understanding of how recognizing structure directly affects how well you read, but also to discover something new about the world, and, thereby, something new about your relationship to the world. So, why are the horrible events in the Sudan on the front page? What could it mean to us in America? Does it have any affect on you? What about the news about the cartel boss who was recently "taken out?" Does that have any impact on you? And look at the lower right corner of the front page, and you will see Edward Snowden? Do you know who he is? Do you think he is a traitor to this country?
Coming to an understanding about these and other issues will contribute to who you are now, and it will shape who you are going to be tomorrow.
Due Wed., March 12, 2014
1. Purchase and bring to class the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
2. Study the new vocabulary - see the vocab tab for the updated list
3. Read Chapter 3, especially pp 134-147 and do exercises 6, 7, 8.
DUE Mon., March 10, 2014
1. Analyze the article titled "Prescribers Fuel Drug Epidemic" in the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
*Be sure to use the correct header in the top left corner of your paper
*Identify EVERY paragraph in the article
*Make sure your work is clear and legible
*Be sure, when you cut and paste the article to your paper, that you reassemble the article in the correct order (Notice the prefix in "reassemble").
2. Find 10 Vocabulary words in the article cited above and hand them in with your guesses and the dictionary definitions.
3. QUIZ #1 - on everything that we covered so far this semester.
DUE Wed., March 5, 2014
1. Purchase the Los Angeles Times
for Tuesday, March 4, and bring it to class.
2. Find 10 new vocabulary words in the article that was due for homework and which we reviewed in the prior class on Monday. Write down each new word with your context-based guess and with the dictionary definition. This needs to be handed in at the beginning of class with the correct header in the top left corner of the front page.
DUE Mon., March 3, 2014
Go to the Newspaper Articles tab to the left and click on the first of the three articles, dated September 15, 2011.
Print the article and identify each and every paragraph as either the Lead, Background, Detail or Statement according to the notes and lecture from last class. You can also use the other two articles on the Newspaper Articles tab as examples of how to do this assignment.
DUE Wed., February 26, 2014
Do the following in the textbook
1) Chapter 2 - Read pages 89 - 100
2) Chapter 2 - Exercises 10 - 12
3) Chapter 2 - Tests 2 - 7
4) Find 10 new Vocabulary words with their definitions (either from the textbook or the dictionary)
REMEMBER: NO CLASS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
DUE Wed., February 19, 2014
I want to be sure that you all understand the homework that is due when we return to class next Wednesday, Feb 19:
Chapter 2 – read and do exercises 1-5
Chapter 2 – read and do exercises 6-9.
Buy the LA Times dated Thursday, February 13, 2014 and read all the front page articles using the method that I prescribed for you in class.
As per the syllabus, buy the LA Times for Friday, February 14, 2014 and bring it to our next class on Wed. (you don’t have to do anything with it; just bring it to class).
Also, on Wed, February 19 (our next class), we will not meet in our normal classroom. We will meet in the Learning Resource Center, Room 250. This is the building with the water fountain in front of it, right next to the Instructional Building where we meet for class. We will have a short presentation from one of our librarians, and then we will have a guest instructor who will help all of us set up the on-line Lab Work that is part of this class. This is a necessary change in our class schedule due to the availability of the room that we need to use to get everyone signed up correctly with Reading Plus, the computer software for your lab work.
A word of caution: with regard to the novel that we will be reading in class, DO NOT READ IT. We will read A Day No Pigs Would Die in class together. Even though some of you might want to get ahead with your work, please believe me that it will be better for you if you wait till we read the book in class.
Lastly, visit my webpage through the school’s website so that you will be familiar with it. Here are the instructions for those of you who need them:
From the LA Mission webpage, click on the “Students” button
Click the green “Contact Professor” button.
Type “Drewes” into the search box and hit enter
Now you are looking at my very handsome photograph. Look below and see the menu of options, including the “Homework” tab, where I will do my best to list the homework each week and add other info as it occurs to me.
DUE Wed., February 12, 2014
Bring to class the Los Angeles Times for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.