The details of the extra credit piece about Jonathan Swift and recipe bloggers are available here. If you’d like to submit the piece, get it to me by Friday, January 17, 2020.

Essays: revisions of your Into the Wild and Coddling essays are due on Friday. Remember to attach previous drafts and bold changes.

For Wednesday, make sure to to read “Marshland Elegy.” For Thursday, read “Polemic: Industrial Tourism.” For both, make sure to read carefully, looking for rhetorical and literary devices as well as the arguments the authors present.

We’re almost at break!

From an essay I wrote in 2014:

Our kids need to be reminded, early and often, that to effectively write an argument is to stake out new ground. To challenge the reader and even threaten her worldview. Tomorrow, when I tell my students (in the nicest possible way) that their papers bored me, I suspect most will, at least privately, acknowledge that they bored themselves writing them. It may take just a few more moments to stake out a position that’s not right in the center of a topic or to expertly craft a single phrase or sentence in a way no reader could forget, but that’s what teaching writing demands.


Just a couple of reminders over the next week as we have a short school week and an absent teacher.

Make sure to complete your research paper by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. If you have already shared the document with me, please rename the file FINAL so I can find it in Google Docs.

  • Make sure your formatting (headers, Works Cited, etc.) is correct.
  • Double check citation
  • And don’t forget those databases!

On Monday-Tuesday, you can use class time to watch Into the Wild or continue working on your papers.

You also have an essay due next Sunday by 4:00. It’s an argumentative essay about one of the themes of Into the Wild and is located in the downloads folder.

Enjoy the break!