Since there are quite a few apocalyptic movies out there, I thought I'd give you the chance to vote on the film we watch on December 2nd and December 4th.  Please cast your vote by noon on Monday, December 1st!  (Note: I reserve the right of final approval for the movie.)  Vote well, and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Which movie would you be LEAST interested in viewing? (Note: links to movie trailers are beside each choice.)

  • Pacific Rim ( (44%, 4 Votes)
  • War of the Worlds ( (33%, 3 Votes)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ( (22%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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As we discussed in class today, I'm willing to be democratic about what we do in class the week of December 2nd.  You have two choices to make:

1.  First, decide whether you'd rather play Pandemic or watch a movie those dates, and

2.  Should the movie win, pick which film you are LEAST interested in watching.

Please vote in both polls by noon on Monday, December 1st!  I will honor the class' opinion on the first answer, but I reserve the right of final approval for the movie.  Vote well, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Poll 1: Game Versus Movie

Would you rather play Pandemic or screen an apocalyptic film on Tuesday December 2nd and Thursday, December 4th? (Note: we have time for one or the other, but not both.)

  • Watch a Movie (83%, 10 Votes)
  • Play Pandemic (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Question 2: Movie Choice

Should we watch a movie, which movie would you be LEAST interested in viewing? (Note: links to movie trailers are beside each response.)

  • War of the Worlds ( (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ( (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Pacific Rim ( (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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For your third paper assignment, write a critique of Amy Wallace’s “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.” In writing a critique, your job is to evaluate the writer’s argument in terms of its logic, efficacy, and validity.  To do this, you’ll be identifying Wallace’s rhetorical strategies and discussing whether they support or undermine her argument.

Click here to download the assignment sheet.

Here are important dates for you to keep in mind:

  • November 6th:  Rough draft is due in class.  This is also the last day you can schedule a draft review with me.
  • November 11th:  Paper 3 due via SafeAssign by midnight.

This draft has the same minimum requirements as your last:

  • You must have a complete, polished thesis statement,
  • Your paper must be a minimum of 1.5 pages long,
  • Your paper must be complete, but not finished, and
  • You need to bring three printed copies of your draft to class.

Remember that “completeness” means that you must have all of your argumentative points in your paper along with the comparisons you intend to make. You might not have all of your evidence put together, yet, and that’s fine as long as your actual argument is complete. Obviously, you’ll get more out of your peer review if you have a finished draft, so keep that in mind, too.

To help you along, you can download a copy of the paper’s grading rubric by clicking here.

In order to better help you with your second paper, I’m asking for everyone to meet me for a short one-on-one conference in my office.  Click here to open up the GoogleDocs sign-up sheet.  You’ll notice that there are time slots open for Monday, October 6th and Tuesday, October 7th.  Sign up on on a first come, first served basis, so make sure that you grab a time soon.  Everyone needs to have a time scheduled by Friday, October 3rd.  Failure to attend your conference will result in a ten point deduction from your second paper grade.