Nov 18th – In class activity

Subject Verb Agreement Activity:
It was January 17, 2005, and three cadets were training to become police detectives. The sergeant
decided to test they were skill at recognizing a suspect. He showed the first cadet a picture for five
seconds and then hides it. Then he says, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize
“That’s easy, answered the cadet. “We would find him fast because he only has one eye.
The sergeant thinks a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you
is a profile. It shows only a side view.” He can’t believe the cadet had given him such a
ridiculous answer, but he goes on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to
him. Again, he asks, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”
The second cadet smiled and says, “It would be easy to catch because he has only one ear!”
The police sergeant shook his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter
with you two? Of course, only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Was
that the best answer you can come up with?!”
Extremely frustrated at this point, he showed the picture to the 3rd cadet and in a very testy voice
asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly added, “Think hard
before giving me a stupid answer.”
The cadet looked at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact
The sergeant was speechless. He went to his office checked the suspects file on his computer and
comes back. He was beaming. “It’s true! The suspect does indeed wear contact lenses. Tell us how
you were able to make such an astute observation!
“It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”

Nov 8th – Essay 2 Feedback

  • More specific in detail to support my points.
  • Give more examples to support my idea and claim
  • Focus on several aspects of the argument, such as ethos, pathos and logos with relevant examples from the text.

Nov 6th – PLAGIARISMACTIVITIES – Will, Angill, Lou.

Is this plagiarism or not? Y or N
__Yes___William Ellis asserts: “That world problems such as poverty, pollution, war, and hunger are
inherent in the current system of world order based on nation-states and economic competition (Ellis, 2011, p. 23).
__Yes__Global tensions and inequities can be solved if people begin to help one another on a grassroots basis, moving beyond the current world order of economic competition(Ellis, 2011, p. 23).
__Yes__Ellis (2011) argues that global problems are often a result of exploitation inherent in
economic competition. He contends that “grassroots….people – to people linkages irrespective of national borders” can do much to ease global tensions(Ellis, 2011, p. 23).
__Yes__Economic competition is at the basis of many of the world’s problems (Ellis, 2011, p. 23).Only by
seeing ourselves as a single-family without the separation of national boundaries can world tensions begin to be eased.
__Yes___Ellis (2011) argues that: “World problems are caused by overpopulation and that the only
possible solution is an enforced tax on families who have more than one child (Ellis, 2011, p. 23).

Oct 21th – Verb Tense

Edit the following paragraph to correct unnecessary shifts in verb tense: For example: Marie finds bottles on old farmland, where she liked (likes) to explore. 

Activity 1:

For a long time, my stepson, Jonathan, was unhappy to have me as part of his family, for he resents that he didn’t have both biological parents at home. I tried to get to know him better, but he would complain that I invaded his privacy. As a newcomer, I understand that our relationship will require effort from both of us. It is not enough that I was friendly. Jonathan also has to want us to be friends, and I was not happy with the two of us being strangers, but I can wait for him to feel more comfortable around me.

Activity 2:

Anne Marie collected antique bottles and loved to turn them into works of art. She will buy bottles if she likes them, but she prefers to find them on the ground. She will find bottles everywhere, but she picks them selectively. However, she has the best luck at construction sites on old farmland, where she spent most of her time. Often, bottles appeared on the surface after a good rain, but they disappear very soon. She will use special tools for excavating bottles, including a set of brushes. She did not want to break the bottles as she removes them from the ground. After finding a new bottle, Anne Marie will add it to her display case and hung on the wall as an artistic piece (Mangelsdorf, 2013, p. 411).


Oct 21th – Discussion on Essay 3

I think three of the most essential factors of the assignment are a well-organized layout of the video, an interview with a professor in your major and a nice and clear of the recording.  The requirement is that the video should be between 3-4 minutes to concisely communicate the main idea, and use different sound and music to represent each part differently.


In class assignment – Oct 16th

1. My dog is not only friendly but also playful.
2. We can go to the park or dance in the classroom.
3. Jeremy likes to read historical, realistic and speculative fiction.
4. When I went to the bar, I want to dance, drink and punch on the rowdy faces.
5. Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly or carelessly about.
6. Tyler is for the legalization, not criminalization of marijuana.
7. Sally needs a new stove, a dishwasher, and a set of knives for her kitchen.
8. My first-grade teacher taught me how to write, read and play tic-tac-toe.
9. She will not admit it, nor will she apologize.
10. The whole wheat pasta is better than enriched wheat pasta.
11. Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, think critically, and improve writing.
12. Beets are just as nutrient-rich as rutabagas even though they are not in season.
13. Drunk drivers are thoughtless taking the lives of other people in their own hands,
risking their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not considering the consequences of
their actions.
14. In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd, told people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gestured.