Monday, 9/8/14

Working on Your Websites

Today, in the computer lab, we will follow this agenda:

  1. Hold up a “fist to five” to show how comfortable you are navigating WordPress so far. (A fist is a zero, which means you are not at all comfortable with it, and five fingers would mean you feel very comfortable and ready to assist peers.)
  2. Change the settings on your website to private.  Then you must invite me as an editor and your classmates as viewers.  There are comprehensive instructions for doing this on the WordPress support page, but I have pasted the bare bones instructions below.
  3. Create your second post.  In this post, you will choose one of the five videos you watched on Friday and write a response to it using the style of questions from your summer homework.

Privacy Settings

  1. Sign into your WordPress site.
  2. Go to your dashboard.
  3. Choose “Reading.”
  4. Select “I would like my site to be private, visible only to myself and users I choose.
  5. Click “Save Changes.”
  6. Go to your dashboard.
  7. Choose “Users.”
  8. Select “Invite new.”
  9. Add my email address ( as an Editor.
  10. Click “Send invitation.”
  11. Add your classmates’ email addresses as viewers. (Add student email addresses here)
  12. Click “Send invitation.”

Writing Your Post

  1. Click on “New post” at the top right hand corner of your screen.
  2. Make your title “Reflection on Hari Kondabolu’s Comedy” or “Reflection on D.L. Hughley’s Comedy” or whatever applies to the video you’ve chosen.
  3. Use the questions from your summer homework to respond to the video you’ve chosen.  Make sure to include responses to the questions that were posted underneath the video for that day, and refer to what your partners brought up during your group time.
    What are the topics addressed by this text?

    How does this text use humor to address those topics?

    Which part did you find funniest and why?

  4. Add a photo by choosing “Add Media” at the top left hand corner of your new post page.  You can use one of the images below, depending on which video you’ve chosen to reflect on, or find your own and download it.


In order to earn a 4 for this assignment, you must refer to two or more specific quotes from the video to which you are responding.  You can find the transcripts for those videos using the links below:

  • George Lopez on Latino farm workers
    • “The country is not what you thought it was. Everything that you touch first, latinos touch. We’re there every day early. Everything you touch. Let me give you some examples. Taco bell had some tainted green onions. Who picks the onions? Latinos. You talk smack about us, it gets down to the fields. I didn’t hear you, what did they say about us? They don’t want us here, we’re lazy and we’re depleting the system?”
    • “First it started with bad spinach. That was us too. You’re going to pay us $3 an hour, we’re not going to wash it too.”
  • Hari Kondabolu on white minority in 2042
    • “2042, according to census figures, is the year that white people will be the minority in this country. White people will be 49% in 2042… But 49% doesn’t make you the minority, right? That’s not how math works, right? 49% only makes you the minority if you think the other 51% are exactly the same. That only works if you think it’s 49% white people and 51%…you people.”
    • “Race isn’t a thing; it’s all made up. It’s a social construct, it’s a way to separate and destroy us, ok? It’s not real.”
  • Wanda Sykes on being black vs. being gay
    • “It’s harder being gay than it is being black… there’s some things that I had to do as gay that I didn’t have to do as black. I didn’t have to come out black.”
  • D.L. Hughley on immigration
    • “The immigration debate is raising. They want to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out… Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada was all Mexico until the 1900s. They ain’t crossing the border; we moved it. These are the people who build our homes, watch our children, and grow our food, and we want to insult ’em by building a wall?”
    • “This nation was founded by immigrants. Everybody in here took a boat.  Some of us willingly… The statue of liberty, you go to New York, it has an inscription at the bottom by Emma Lazarus that is a tribute, an invitation to immigrants: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me, and I lift my lamp.’ That is beautiful. But if we don’t mean it, let’s scratch that off, or at least put, ‘except for Mexicans.'”
  • Azie Dungey as Lizzie Mae on questions asked when she was doing a historical reenactment as one of George Washington’s slaves
    • UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Now why didn’t you just go to Massachusetts and go to school?
      DUNGEY: How do you expect me to get up to Massachusetts? What, I’m going to sprout wings and fly?
      UNIDENTIFIED MAN: No, you could ride a horse.
      DUNGEY: Oh, so now I’m a horse thief and a runaway. Well, if I’m looking for new and exciting ways to get myself hung, I will remember to call on you.

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