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Read this crazy article!

J is for Jihad

Letter M (capital M and small m):(Mujahid): My brother is a Mujahid. Afghan Muslims are Mujahideen. I do Jihad together with them. Doing Jihad against infidels is our duty.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/12/06/368452888/q-a-j-is-for-jihad

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Works Cited Page

Works Cited

Persepolis. Dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Perf. Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine

Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, and Simon Abkarian. The Kennedy/Marshall

Company, 2007. DVD.

Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Print.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

So what? Why should we care?

I’ve said before that in writing assignments, there’s got to be a point beyond just getting the grade.  The things we write have to add something of value to the existing conversation on the subject.  The same applies to class discussions, and, I believe, in the books and readings we study during the semester.  I’d like to believe that most of the things we talked about and read (I know all wouldn’t have resonated with everyone, but let’s go with most) left some kind of impact on you.  For me, I Am Malala really added to my knowledge of Pakistan and the US involvement in the Taliban.  I also found Malala’s story very inspiring — it helped me get my non-existent issues into perspective.

Now, it’s your turn.  Now that we’ve finished reading I Am Malala, what is your answer to the question “So what?” — what have you gotten out of this book?

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Books for Next Semester

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bosnia-List-Memoir-Return/dp/0143124579

http://www.amazon.com/By-David-Cavitch-Studies-Analytic/dp/B008WDG68C

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rough Draft Workshop

Stage 1:

  • The body paragraphs start with a topic sentence (idea/argument instead of a fact)
  • The body paragraphs follow this outline:
    • TS
    • proof 1 (quotation, paraphrase, statistic)
    • explanation  (twice as long as proof)
    • proof 2 (quotation, paraphrase, statistic)
    • explanation  (twice as long as proof)
    • concluding sentence
  • All topic sentences and body paragraphs relate back to thesis
  • There are at least four sources, all points made in body paragraphs are supported by quotations or paraphrasing
  • There is a balance among research/persuasion/compare+contrast

Stage 2:

  • Check MLA (414)
  • Check Works Cited page (398, 416)
  • 3rd person only
  • Academic, formal language
  • Check capitalization errors (422).
  • Check pronouns — I/me, he/him, she/her (423).
  • Check for fragments, comma splices, and run-ons (424, 425, 426).
  • Check spelling of these words (428):
    • you’re/your
    • its/it’s
    • they’re/there/their
    • affect/effect
    • accept/except
    • than/then
    • a lot

Stage 3:

  • Write an introduction
    • hook (interest the reader with an anecdote, background info, etc.)
    • transition into thesis
    • thesis
  • Write a conclusion
    • review your main points
    • transition into last line
    • last line = so what?  why important?
 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized