Introduction to Response Essays

Our modern world is filled with superhero movies. Superheroes have become an important part of the world around us. However, are superheroes just entertainment or more? In his book, Supergods, Grant Morrison makes the argument that superheroes have a power we may not actually realize is there. Morrison, in the introduction to Supergods is ______________ because _______________________________.

You need to fill in the blanks:

  1. Deciding whether you agree, disagree, or both

  2. Reasons why you have the position of agreement, disagreement, or both.


No Class Today – Moodle Assignment

So, no class today. Yesterday, my wife and I welcome a new baby boy:


So, instead, you will go to Moodle this evening and turn in what you have of an Introduction and Thesis Statement for Essay 4

Please post what you have for an introduction and thesis statement to this link by 11:59 PM tonight (Wed., Nov. 7).

I’ll see you next class.

Dr. Evans

ENGL 101.39 – 5 Day English Students

I am going to be out tomorrow, so please continue to work on crafting your Thesis Statements for Essay 4.

As it pertains to your Introductions and Summary, please work on those as well.

Introductions for this kind of Essay should make the initial set up of talking about the Author and Title of the Article, as where it came from, in your case:

Grant Morrison. “Introduction” to his book Supergods.

It would be beneifitial to introduce the reader to Grant Morrison a bit as well and perhaps some background on the publishing of Supergods (like publisher and year).

Use the link HERE and HERE to help you out with that. This last one may even serve you as a source.

I will hopefully see you on Wednesday, barring issues, but if not, I will set up a Moodle link for you to submit what you have for my by Wednesday night. Look for a posting to that matter.

Dr. Evans

Dealing with Online Sources in MLA

Since a lot of the information we are getting comes from ONLINE sources I want to look at what it is you need to look for when looking at online sources.

Here is what the OWL at Purdue has:

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There is quite a lot here and for what we look for online we will NOT always find ALL of this. We want to find what we can, and this will depend on the source.

For example, let’s say I look up a definition of “superhero” and want to quote it in my paper.

How do I create a works cited page? How do I then cite it in my text itself.

Let’s start by turning that stuff given to us by the OWL at Purdue and turn it into a fill-in-the blank. For everything I find I will fill it in. For what I don’t find I will mark NA and leave out.

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The definition of a superhero by Merriam Webster dictionary online is where I will look as my source:

______NA______       Author and/or editor names (if available); last names first.

___”superhero”___      “Article name in quotation marks.”

Merriam-Webster.comTitle of the website, project, or book in italics.

_____NA________      Any version numbers available, including editions (ed.), revisions, posting dates, volumes (vol.), or issue numbers (no.).

Merriam Webster__NA_ Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.

____NA________Take note of any page numbers (p. or pp.) or paragraph numbers (par. or pars.).

____________ URL (without the https://) DOI or permalink.

_Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018_Date you accessed the material (Date Accessed)—While not required, it is highly recommended, especially when dealing with pages that change frequently or do not have a visible copyright date.

Now, I take this information and write it out as it should appear in the citation, in the order I have it above, omitting the information I marked “NA”.

Here is what my citation should look like:

“superhero.” Merriam Webster. https://www.merriam- Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018.

To form the in-text citations I simply take what is on the first line, farthest to the left. In this case it is “superhero.” This, when I summarize, paraphrase, or quote from the source will be placed in parenthesis like so: (“superhero”).


Pedagogy Conference: Oct. 30th and 31st

On Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday (Oct. 31), Claflin University is holding its 17th Annual Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Post Secondary Institutions her at Claflin University.

Conference will take place in Ministers’ Hall with a Theme focusing on Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum – full schedule below and PDF copy as well.

For you, this means TWO opportunities for BONUS POINTS.

Opportunity 1: Read over the list of presentations and find one that looks interesting to you (Please note that presentations take place in panels with multiple presentations. If you attend, please stay for entire panel. Each panel is roughly 1 hr and 15 min is the length of each panel) and attend it. Take notes during presentation.

Special Note: I am giving a presentation on Wednesday afternoon between 3:45 – 5:00 PM

Afterwards, use this information to write a 1-page summary and analysis of the presentation using the template below.

You will need to then turn this in to Moodle before 11:59 PM on Friday, Nov. 2 to receive the points.

Pedagogy Conference Extra-Point Assignment

Opportunity 2: During your normal class time on either Tuesday or Wednesday I will bet in the conference. Find me and watch a presentation/panel and sign the roster sheet for additional bonus points. This sign up sheet will be available during my presentation on Wednesday afternoon

Conference Schedule

PDF COPY: Sessions Schedule 2018 FINALOctober 26-2018