Homework for the week of July 14

for Tuesday: Working draft of U3 Essay due for Peer Review.

for Wednesday: U3 Folder and final draft due today.

for Thursday: Stereotypes of the rich. Read Why Obama Is Struggling to Paint Romney as a Wall Street Fat Cat

for Friday: Stereotypes of the poor. Read Class stereotypes: chavs, white trash, bogans and other animals

for Monday: First three pages of Unit 4 due for Peer Review.


Homework for the week of July 7

Welcome back to the second half.  Here are your assignments for the week:

For TUESDAY: answer questions from Unit 3 Assignment Prompt about your own 8-10 sources. 1) What type of writers take up this subject, and what seem to be their reasons? 2) What kind of audiences do writers seem to be addressing or attempting to address in their writings? Remember to cite specific examples as evidence for general claims.


for WEDNESDAY: Read Beauty Whitewashed: How White Ideals Exclude Women of Color and Doctoring Diversity: Race and Photoshop. There is no written response due, but make sure to read the articles carefully; I’ll be giving you written discussion questions in class.


for THURSDAY: answer the next two questions. 3) What kinds of venues of publication have the selected writers preferred, and which venues seem to provide the most reliable information? 4) When did most of the selected writers publish on this topic—is the debate relatively new, or has it been ongoing? Use evidence!


for FRIDAY: Read How Millennials Perpetuate Racism By Pretending It Doesn’t Exist. What kind of support does the author of this article draw from data? Do his conclusions seem fair?


for next MONDAY: answer final two questions. 5) What type of concerns, such as those moralistic, religious, scientific, etc., do writers pose about this topic? 6) What writing strategies do writers prefer to use in reaching an audience, the use of logical, emotional, or ethical appeals, a dependence on scientific studies or statistics, a reliance on visual charts, graphs, or pictures, etc.?  Back up your claims with evidence.

Homework for the week of June 30

Here are your weekly homework assignments!

for TUESDAY July 1: Watch the video on “Columbusing” and read Dear Pharrell: Please Think Before You Put On A Headdress.  (No written response due.)

for WEDNESDAY July 2: Read the article Is Miley Cyrus’ Twerking Racist?. A draft of your Unit 2A and 2B assignments are due for Peer Review. Make sure to print both out and bring paper copies to class.

for THURSDAY July 3: Final drafts of Unit 2A and 2B assignments due! Bring in collected work in Unit 2 folder.

Class will not meet on FRIDAY July 4th. Please enjoy the long weekend! Remember to read the Unit 3 Assignment Guidelines for MONDAY July 7.

Homework for the Week of June 23

Here are your weekly homework assignments!

for TUESDAY: View the slideshow Timeline: A step-by-step look at the Marissa Alexander case and read Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense. Model annotation for the article (with MLA citation) due today.

for WEDNESDAY: Draft of Unit 2A due! (Locate and create MLA citations for ten sources, write annotations for five.)

for THURSDAY: Read War On Undocumented Immigrants Threatens To Swell U.S. Prison Population. Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.

for FRIDAY: Read As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price. Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.

for NEXT MONDAY: Find and read an article of your choice on the World Cup and either race or class; bring in a citation. Be prepared to discuss!

Homework for the week of June 16

By popular request, I will try putting all of the homework assignments for the week in a single post.  Let me know what you think of this system!

for TUESDAY June 17: A 2-4 page draft of your Unit 1 paper is due for Peer Review.  Make to print it out and bring a paper copy to class.

for WEDNESDAY June 18: Your 3-4 page paper is due!

for THURSDAY June 19: Read guidelines for both parts of Unit 2: Essay+2A+Guidelines and Essay+2B+Guidelines

for FRIDAY June 20: Read Immigrants: Is There a Recipe for Success? Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.

for MONDAY June 23: Read How We Built the Ghettos: A brief introduction to America’s long history of racist housing policy. Model annotation (with MLA citation) due today.