Stockton Writing Class #9: October 17, 2018



  1. FE #1 & #2 are closed. They are what they are.


  1. Weekend assignment prep
  2. Family mini-lesson presentations
  3. Family activities (if time)



Family Mini Presentations: 

 This family challenge represents the most common mechanical mistakes represented in your work.

1. Get in your families.

2. Your family will receive an “error” from the ancient art of Rho-Sham-Beau Circle of Death.

3. You will receive half hour of class time [tonight & starting at 330 Monday (regular time for 6pm class)] 

4. Research the term. Understand what the error is, provide the class with advice on how to avoid or fix the error moving forward.

In other words, for each device, you must:
a. Define. Show us how we are making the mistake. Do this with some type of visual aid (power point, web site, etc).

b. How will we remember to edit out these mistakes on our own?

c. Describe how each might also be done better or fixed in our writing?

d. The class will be quizzed on the errors included in this presentation. Besides the quiz grades, each family will receive a grade for how well the

You will be graded on the following: 

  1. How well do you understand the problem?
  2. How well did you communicate that understanding (does the class understand?)?
  3. How good was your visual representation of the problem?
  4. How good is your information (please email Joe an APA citation with your research for this Family Challenge)?
  5. Did your presentation include each family member equally?

The problems to chose from: 

  1. hasty generalizations/sweeping generalities (overall fallacy of argument logic)
  2. fragments
  3. comma splice
  4. perspective shifts (think: pronoun use in the essays, especially 2nd person)
  5. run-on sentences

Presentations will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018



Don’t forget attributions. Here are some examples:

“For example Vicki Courtney from Focus on the Family said … “

“In fact in a article called “what are the positive and negative effects of technology”, by Hebe Soffar, it states that…”

The NFL Protests Debates: 

The new rule.

Sports Illustrated, possibly the most important and iconic sports periodical, is keeping track?!

THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is the purpose of patriotism? Can protests be patriotic? And, how does a history of injustice and inequality in this nation affect our shared understanding of our national symbols?  Can protests involving national symbols be construed as acts of patriotism? What role does the First Amendment play in any of this? How are the complexities of the First Amendment part and parcel to the issues of race & patriotism played out in this country?



WRITE FE #3: Argument Essay A: Choose a side. In at least two pages, defend one of the following two arguments:

Yes! I support the NFL players national anthem protests. OR No! I do NOT support the NFL players anthem protests.

Paper MUST include direct citation and reference to at least one article provided, and at least one OTHER source of your choosing. Be sure it is credible.

This paper must include an APA works cited page AND parenthetical documentation.

Do not simply CITE, also please ATTRIBUTE your writing. Samples of all of these concepts are available:

APA Works Cited page.

APA in-text citations. 

Plus, OWL created this handy guide.

Additional, optional readings and resources for this paper: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass. two Washington Post articles: here and here.  John Legend on why the NFL protests are patriotic. And here is a CNN reporter explaining why the protest is offensive. New York Times columnist David Brooks on why not to kneel during the anthem. And, from the same publication, is Colin Kaepernick a “patriot?”

Patriotism and the protest revisited by the Chicago Tribune.

A sports blogger from SB Nation with a lighter look.




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