English 1301 (300 words each discussion and need separate)

Discussion 2.1

In the article “Learning How to Code-Switch: Humbling, but Necessary,” Eric Deggans describes his experiences with code switching. For your next discussion board, you should describe your own experiences switching between different audiences, cultures or social groups.  How does your language and behavior change depending on the people you are around?  Have you ever had an experience in which your failure to adapt to a new situation caused problems?  Do you have difficultly maintaining your own identity when you are required to code switch?

Complete this discussion board with one initial response of at least 300 words and two replies of at least 100 words each. Be sure to include at least 2 vocabulary words from this unit. Identify these these words using red text.

Vocabulary for Unit Two

These are the vocabulary words for Unit 2.  Remember to incorporate at least two words into your Discussion Board.  Identify the words by using red text.

Benevolent         Reclamation          Dubious           Fabricated

Hypocrisy            Slander                 Astute              Ambiguous

Apathetic             Arbitrary


Discussion 3.1

After reading the items in the folder above related to Beyoncé, please respond to both parts below:

Part 1: When you first read Berlatsky’s article, what was your reaction? Were you able to find his main argument? What aspects of his argument did you agree with or disagree with?

Part 2: After reading the two example essays, did your perspective about the article change? Did you see aspects of the article that you didn’t notice before? Do you agree with the responses from either of the example essays?

Complete this discussion board with one initial response of at least 300 words and two replies of at least 100 words each. Be sure to include two vocabulary words highlighted in red.

Vocabulary for Unit 3

These are the vocabulary words for this unit.  Remember to incorporate them into your Discussion Board in this unit.

Conviction          Impression          Misconception           Perspective

Profound            Inherent              Inveterate                  Amenable

Impinge              Subversion         Aesthetic


Beyoncé is both celebrated and scrutinized for her artistic talents and for the way she presents herself to the world. The article that I’ve linked to below demonstrates some of these diverse viewpoints. Take some time to read the article carefully. As you read, look for the author’s viewpoint, keeping in mind that he spends a great deal of time summarizing the viewpoints of others. In a way, the author, Noah Berlatsky, is writing a summary/response: first, he summarizes the viewpoints of Bill O’Reilly and bell hooks (who has intentionally changed her name so that the first letters are lowercase) and then he provides a response. Look for Berlatsky’s response.

Beyonce: Sex Terrorist

Follow this link to Berlatsky’s article. 

Berlatsky, Noah.  “Beyonce: Sex Terrorist: A Meance to Conservatives and Liberals Alike.” The Atlantic. 12 May 2014. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/05/beyonce-sex-terrorist-a-menace-for-conservatives-and-liberals-alike/362085/. 30 January 2017.



Take a moment to reflect upon the article you’ve just read. What is Berlatsky’s main argument? How does his argument compare to O’Reilly’s and hooks’s statements about Beyoncé? Do you agree or disagree with Berlatsky?


Attached Files:

Beyonce Student Example 2.docx – Alternative Formats (21.013 KB)

Beyonce Student Example 1.docx – Alternative Formats (19.234 KB)

Read the attached examples of students writing summary/response essays about Berlatsky’s article. Once you’ve read the examples, go back to the lesson and complete the discussion board assignment. 

Discussion 4.1

For this discussion board, first choose an image from the “images” folder to respond to.  In your discussion board post, begin by describing the image you have chosen and explaining your initial reactions to the image.  From there, provide your reader with an analysis of the image, using terms introduced earlier in this unit: composition, context, content, framing, lighting, angle, intertextuality, focus,  etc.  Be sure to begin your response by identifying which image you have chosen.

Complete this discussion board with one initial response of at least 300 words and two replies of at least 100 words each.

As always,  be sure to use two vocabulary words from the unit.

Vocabulary for Unit 4

These are the vocabulary words for this unit.  Remember to incorporate them into your Discussion Board in this unit.

Inconsequential      Superficial         Tenuous      Trivial

Compelling             Obstinate         Tenacity       Consensus

Derived                   Acquired

Discussion 5.1

You should have already chosen a topic for your final essay.  Now, you need to explore the multiple viewpoints associated with that topic. Go to the discussion board and write a brief essay (300 words minimum) summarizing some of the multiple viewpoints associated with that topic (for and against, pro and con).  At the end of your essay, present your own opinion on the topic in the form of a thesis statement or arguable claim.  Refer to the previous video lesson on constructing an arguable thesis to help you.

As you respond to your peers (2 replies, 100 words each), try to fill in any gaps you see in their understanding of the pros and cons of the issue.  In addition, evaluate the thesis statement.  Does it make a limited and arguable claim about the topic or issue?  If not, suggest ways to improve the thesis.

Vocabulary for Unit Five

These are the vocabulary words for Unit 5.  Remember to incorporate them into your Discussion Board in this unit.

Plausible       Objectivity       Substantiated

Integrity         Effusive          Superfluous

Sanction       Fabricated      Ambiguous


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