Septemer Week Five/ October Week One

ENG 20: This month we are beginning our foray into horror themed literature. We will begin with Ambrose Bierce’s famous story “An Incident at Owl Creek Ridge”, and follow that up with a reading of “The Damned Thing.” We will also view the film “Coraline” based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. To aid in understanding the ideas within the films and text we will study a general method of literary analysis

Literary Elements

Themes in Literature

ENG 10: This week we will continue to analyze Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address and brush up on APA writing style. We will also read a critique of Jobs’ speech. You will then write your own response to the core message of the commencement address.

Response Writing

COMM 7: This week we will continue our overview of political rhetoric with a discussion of socialism. Additionally, we will begin graded presentations of advertising analysis.

Comparision of Capitalism and Communism

Sample Visual Analysis


September Week 4

ENG 20 This week we will review “The Rule of Names” by going over questions 1-8 and summarizing the text. This will be collected for a monthly grade. We will also begin our ongoing discussion of “A Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.

A useful historical overview Prezi by Daniel Lopez

A general Overview

Movie Trailer

Audio Book

A recent Huffington Post article on the relation between our world and that of Brave New World

An interview with the author

A movie trailer for “The Island” another film based on a book by Huxley

COMM7 This week will be dedicated to working on your visual analysis project as well as a lecture the basic tenets of Marxism, our first theory for contextualizing political and economic rhetoric. Visual Analysis projects will be presented in the 1st week of October. Please see me if you have any questions.

Overview of socialism

8-bit Video What is Marxism? Crash Course

ENG 10 This week we will be finishing response essays and beginning a new text from Steve Jobs. Below you will find a link to his speech as well as 4 other speeches. Please watch or rea them if they seem interesting to you.

An article in disagreement with Jobs’ core message

September Week 3

ENG 20 Will will not have Literature class this week because of the holiday, so please be sure to finish the assignment from week two (Rule of Names questions 1-8) and read the first 3 chapters of “A Brave New World”

ENG10 This week we will be writing an APA formated response to Joss Whedon’s speech “Be all your selves”. The piece will be one handwritten page covering some of the questions at the end of the prezi below. Please include quotations, citations, and a reference list.

This prezi is a general overview of how to write a response to an article or other textual topic. This presentation will be valuable now and in any other courses you take that require response writing.

COMM7 This week you will present your own visual rhetoric pieces to a group (see assignment on yellow handout). We will also begin preparing for the first monthly grade, advertisment analysis. This is a group presentation detailed on the back of the yellow hand out sheet.

Example Rhetorical Analysis Project

Midterm Guidelines

Some inspiration for those of us who are stuggling through the heat and long days

September Sidebar

This is a space where I will post general links that may be helpful in any of our courses. – A website for opensource literature and written material. Volunteers read chapters from public domain books and convert them to mp3 format so they can be downloaded and listened to.

Identifying Premises and Conclusions – From

Examples of visual rhetoric

If you are working on presentations for any of your classes and you’re not sure how to get started, you can view the Prezi tutorial here:

Places to look for free money!

September Week 2

English 20: The Rule of Names Homework Answer questions 1-8 on 176 I know this text is quite difficult, but this time we will go through it together. By 9/22 you need to be comfortable with the story. What is the rule of names? Who are the main characters? What is the climatic event in the story? We will be writing a graded summary of the story in class on 9/29.

This brief prezi is an outline of the skills necessary to become a good critical reader. Reading Skills: Here is a video about the purpose of literature from the excellent “Crash Course” youtube channel. Crash Course in Literature: Why do we read? If you thought this video was useful then be sure to look up topics from other classes on the site.

ENG 10 This week we will finish the prezi we began in our last session and begin our first reading of an article by Joss Whedon. You will be expected to analyze the themes of the article and write a response containing a summary and your own opinion of the work.

COMM7 We will begin looking at visual rhetoric and rhetoric in advertising this week. You will have two visual rhetoric assignments due this week .(Text Chapter 1 p 3-16)

1. Photo capture with caption. Tone and purpose 2. Photo Series. Message

Visual Rhetoric prezi

Identifying Premises and Conclusions

Example Comparison in Advertising


OWL Purdue introduction to visual rhetoric

Critical Reading and Writing in Rhetoric

Ethos/Pathos/Logos in Persuasion/Advertising/Writing

The Science of Persuasion