Directions for March 6, 2014 classes: Alley’s 1A

PLEASE POST on our classroom: MCW 211. Please spread the word that we are having class and it’s in the LAB POD C.

Dear colleagues* in English 1A Spring 2014 at Ventura College,

When Ventura College Executive Vice President Dr Patrick Jefferson invited me to attend the A2Mend Conference at the LAX Marriott Th March 6 and Fri March 7, I was thrilled and said yes—IF a sub would be provided for my classes. He assured me that my classes would have a sub, and that there was money to pay for a sub. However, when I asked my Dean, I was told no, there would be no sub.

I am still hoping that there will be a sub there for you. But I am also confident that YOU are here at VC to learn and grow. You don’t need a sub to tell you what to do, do you?

So I’ve decided that whether there is a sub there or not, I will give YOU ALL the directions I created for the sub.

Take your learning into your own hands! Take responsibility for your own learning! If you have questions, email me and I’ll try to answer them ASAP.

Directions for class today March 6 which will be held in POD C In the BEACH:

1. Book club groups: 30 minutes
a. In your book clubs, read and respond to TP #7 about your book club book in your groups. Discuss seminar questions.
b. Working together, generate two or more thesis statements that use the 4 Ts (topic, ‘tude, telegraph, tension). Consider writing a thesis that is
–an analysis of the book (for example, what is the author’s argument or point in the book? Why did the author write it?
–write a thesis for a book review: (basic thesis –book is good or bad and why)
c. Turn in TP#7 into my mail box in the admin building.

2. Midterm: 50 minutes
I will post a new blog post like I have done before with directions for the midterm. As you know, it’s an e
ssay question on your book club book: 50 minutes (you will be given code) or else I will take the post from private to PUBLIC so you can read it.

3.  Final Drafts: 10-30 minutes
->Turn in drafts and final of paper #1 to my mail box in admin. However, first
Proofread your paper and a partner’s paper. Read and respond to the final draft of a partner’s paper. Don’t write on their paper without permission: make suggestions. On a separate piece of paper, provide “instant gratification”—what do you like about their paper and why? What is their point and how well did they make it and why? Please, readers, sign your name to your comments aka instant gratification. Writers, please write a quick note too.
Turn your corrected final draft with previous drafts in chronological order; final on top; cover sheet (white—handed out Tuesday OR from “Groove on Life” packet).

EXTRA CREDIT: Afterward/before: go see Michele Serros in the library periodical room between 6-9pm. If you read something of hers and write about it, you can earn extra credit.

Sincerely and respectfully, Gwendolyn Alley

* in a session I attended, the presenter, Dr Cedric Hackett says that in his classes everyone refres to each other as “collegue” and I love that idea so much! Let’s start calling each other colleagues starting now! I’ve learned a bunch of other ideas too!

From the website: About the Summit

In response to the lack of educational success of African American male students in California Community Colleges, the African American Male Educational Network and Development Inc. (A²MEND) in 2008 organized the First Annual African American Male Summit, which brought together faculty, staff, students and administrators from across the country to address the administrative and instructional strategies that have an impact on the success of African American male students.  Since the initial conference in 2008 hundreds of people have had the opportunity to dialogue about the issues pertaining to the academic success of African American men in higher education.

Over the past three years the African American Summit has placed a spotlight on the institutional challenges and barriers that exists within our college’s to produce positive educational outcomes for African American men.  As we move into a new decade we still find a pervasive and persistent gap in the achievement levels of African American males in all educational indicators in comparison to other racial and gender groups.   While the A²MEND is quite proud of our past efforts we know that we have not done enough.  We must delve deeper and do more to overcome entrenched systemic barriers and the long term affect that these barriers have had on the psyche of all of us who work with African American male students, and even greater extent, the affect it has had on the students themselves.  We contend that we all simply have to do more! We must renew, revive and recommit ourselves to identify and remove the barriers that stand between our students and their educational goals.

The members of A²MEND contend that in order to bring about the change that we all want to see each of us individually must examine ourselves and answer the difficult question:  Am I doing all that I can with the influence that I have to ensure the success of African American male students?  In short, this year’s conference will seek to make it personal by challenging all us to do more.  To underscore this idea the theme of 2011 African American Male Summit is Reaching Out and Giving Back: The Blueprint for Successfully Educating African American Men. A²MEND along with our conference partner Los Angeles Southwest College encourages all educational and community stakeholders regardless of your race or gender who wants to make personal commitment to improving the educational outcomes of African American students to attend this critical gathering.

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