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Veterans Day: We Support the Troops, But . . . — Just a Little Bit More – Book Blog

This post touches upon some of the connections in American society between football, military service, and violence. Special thanks to Vietnam-era veteran Arlin Buyert (USN) for permission to reprint his poems “Big Brother” and “‘Oh Say Can You See’.” God bless Mack Brown, the former head football coach at the University of Texas. His sixteen-year tenure exuded victories […]

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English 4, 1st and 5th hours…

On, complete the following blog assignment for this  Thursday, December 17, 2015:

Choose an article from or to read.  Summarize the article EFFECTIVELY in as few words as possible (don’t forget the title, appropriately  punctuated, and author).  The idea is to be CONCISE, FOCUSED, and CLEAR (CLARITY); in other words, choose your words purposefully and allow your STYLE to be ACTIVE and engaging.  Then, after summarizing the key points effectively, react/reflect/comment on the article and its message. Be sure to reflect on the article, not just the topic it reflects in general.  Choose your words appropriately and effectively.  Do not “blah-blah-blah” through your entry.  Make it interesting to read and effective in presentation.  Remember:  your reader(s) may or may not be familiar with the topic or the article, so give them what they need in order for them to understand your reflection.

  • Length of response (as a whole):  250 words
  • Length of comment(s) on two other responses:  minimum of 50 words each


  • Conciseness and efficacy of language (word choice/style/voice)
  • Conventions (grammar/punctuation/sentence structure)
  • Sincerity of the response – Content (thought-provoking or “plain and boring”)

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English 4 – What’s Going on in Your World?

There are a lot of events that happen in our world outside of our own daily experiences.  Sometimes, we think our community is the center of the university, and sometimes it truly is.  However, knowing what’s going on in our world makes us better human beings, better conversationalists, better thinkers, and better writers.  Here’s your task:  Choose a national or world event (read the newspaper, watch the news, check out news feeds online).  First, sum up the event in three to five well-written, thoughtful, unbiased, concise sentences so that your audience members will know what you are referencing.  Then, reflect on that event.  What is your opinion? How does it make you feel?  What lasting impact will this event have on us or on our world?  WHY IS IT NEWS-WORTHY?  Why is it worth conversation?  Remember:  Your goal in the first part of this is to summarize objectively a national event so that all MAIN points have been identified (so that someone unfamiliar with the topic would understand it.)  Then, your next objective is to share your views about the national event in a diplomatic, socially acceptable way that reflects how you feel without offending others or lowering the value of your comments by stooping to prejudice/bias, etc.  Your reflection should be about  300-400 words (This assignment description is about 250 words.)  Remember your audience, the occasion, and your purpose. (That is the rhetorical triangle.)  Please remember that you are not just writing for your teacher, but for your classmates to see…use proper, accurate word choices and language.

English 4 – College Readiness

What is one area in which you feel you are “ready” to take on the challenges of college? This area may be academic, emotional, spiritual, financial, athletic…anything. Why do you feel this part of you is ready? Likewise, what is one area in which you feel you are not quite ready for college? Again, this can be academic, emotional, intellectual (classes)…anything that you feel you have not been quite prepared. Finally, in what skill do you wish your classes in high school had prepared you a little better?