Week 1: American Psychosis



We will be "meeting and greeting" and getting to know eachother.  Please look over the syllabus and website prior to coming to class.


Thursday (Prior to class)

Activity :  Reading

Go to the "readings' tab and read the article American Psychosis by Chris Hedges. While reading take notes and annotate the article making sure that you think about some of the main ideas that Hedges is addressing and jotting down any questions or notes that you have for the piece.  Make sure that you look up any words that you don't understand.  Please read this article prior to coming to class on Wednesday



Activity:  Blog Posting

After reading and annotating American Psychosis by Chris Hedges please create a blog posting where you discuss the ideas in Hedges' article. The blog is  a place where you can begin to think about ideas you might address in the microtheme paper.  For example: what is the article about?; what are some of Hedges' main ideas?; how does he support his ideas?; what evidence does he use?  Please write a 150 to 250 word response. You can post directly in the text box. Please use correct English grammar and spelling. 


Activity:  Microtheme 1:  Summary and Analysis of American Psychosis

Due Sunday

After reading and annotating American Psychosis by Chris Hedges and creating a blog posting, please write a one page response that summarizes and analyzes this article.  Make sure that you both touch upon the important parts of the article and analyze what this article is doing.  In order to help you with this paper, click on the picture to the left that says "Summary/Analysis" it will redirect you to a website about writing this type of essay.  


Your essay should be in MLA format and a minimum of 1 page.  Use your Diana Hacker A Pocket Style Manual to help you with basic MLA format.  When you are done, post your paper to Blackboard in the Microtheme 1:  Summary and Analysis Hedges Assignment.  For your  convenience, I have placed a link to the left to post your paper.




On Monday February 25th  we will begin working with the book The Partials by Dan Wells. You need to have the entire book read by this date so I would start reading now. This is not a hard book.  It is a young adult dystopian novel.  It's an easy and fun read but make sure you get started now.