January 25-29, 2016

Ethos, Pathos and Logos Monday

Finish watching The Joy Luck Club. Answer essential questions:

1 a) How does your gender benefit you? b) How does it pose a problem?

2 a) How does your race benefit you? b) How does it pose a problem?

3) How important are family history and geographic history in shaping one’s culture?

Homework: Answer these essential questions based on the characters in the JLC.

(If you have an alternate assignment, relate the questions to the characters in your texts.)


Ethos, Pathos and Logos are 3 persuasive appeals (rhetorical strategies). Ethos appeals to one’s credibility and trust of an argument. Pathos appeals to one’s emotions– good or bad. Logos provides evidence or facts to support an argument.

Relate the mother-daughter relationships and arguments in The Joy Luck Club to either of the rhetorical strategies above.


Read “On the Subway” by Sharon Olds (on last week’s blog) and Black Men and Public Space by Brent Staples. How does family, race, and gender play a role that differs from the characters in The Joy Luck Club.





January 19-22

We’ve had a lot of practice blogging. If you have not emailed your blog address, be sure to send it to krystalyn.dennis@gmail.com to get caught up. Make sure that you double check or copy and paste the address so your work can be graded. Everyone is accountable for their own work.

Check out this helpful link from our guidance department for SCHOLARSHIPS.


We will take the Common Assessment for Multicultural Literature. This test will be counted toward your grade and is a measure for the range of knowledge gained from the course. We will take the test again near the end of the semester to see how much we’ve learned. Don’t fret. You are not expected to know everything but you are expected to master it in the end.

How does your race & gender benefit you? How does it pose a problem?

We will begin studying family, race , and gender through the lens of The Joy Luck Club. As we watch the film we will pair it with other cultural literature to answer the essential questions for this week.

Prepare your thinking about the text by completing this JLC Anticipation Guide

JLC Vocabulary Strategy 1 will be provided in class.

Everyone will read “On the Subway”  and complete the homework.


First Block will participate in Reality U with Ms. Chinn in the Media Center & will have to catch up 2nd and 4th on Thursday.

How important are family and geographic history in shaping one’s culture? We watch the first part of the The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. We will also practice citations.

Be sure to bring your materials for Binder Check 1.

JLC Vocabulary Strategy 2

When or at what age is it appropriate for a young person to speak up to one’s parents? We will track our knowledge of the stories plots and themes by completing a JLC Story Map in groups and watch the second section of the film.


Quiz Day: We will complete the film, review story maps and take our quiz.

Per Governor Nathan Deal,  all Cobb County Schools will close 2 hours early on Friday, January 22nd, due to inclement weather.

January 11-15, 2016

Be sure to read ahead & review each week’s blog for our daily assignments and extra credit opportunities.

Didn’t finish summer reading? We were responsible of reading 6 Chapters of How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Write a summary for Chapters 1, 10, 12, 13, 19, and 20.

So many new followers! Great for you. Bring in a picture of your family (a photo or drawing) to class on Tuesday for extra credit.


What is family? How does family affect our individual culture? What happens when our culture learned, transmitted, and shared by our families conflicts with other cultures in which we take part?

Be sure to complete the handout on Two Kinds by Amy Tan. We will write our first class blog post based on the that is evident here.


Sandra Tsing Loh’s “Aliens in America”

What does race really mean & how does it affect family?


Learn how to use MLA format to credit authors, cite sources, and avoid plagiarism.


Review Plagiarism, discuss and debate the validity of race and it’s contribution to family based on texts and videos we’ve studied. Be sure to verify your arguments!


Quiz day & Health Surveys

New Civil Rights Vocabulary




January 5 -8, 2015

Welcome to the beginning of Second Semester! Happy New Year!




  • Culture
  • Custom (n.)
  • Family
  • Religion
  • Tradition
  • Heritage
  • Ancestry
  • Relative (n.)
  • Simile
  • Metaphor


Complete these reflection sentences:

My first day of school was __________ because_________________.

I think Mrs. Dennis’ class will be ________________ because ______.

I look forward to _______because ____________________________.

I’m not feeling_______________ because that’s just ____________.



Syllabus distribution

Features of a culture

Characteristics of a culture

Homework: Cultural pyramid1



Review Vocabulary

The Danger of a Single Story

Cultural Pyramid2

Homework: Why is it important to study different cultures?