Reflect on the writing process for your first essay. Answer these questions:

  1. What did you do well in your essay?
  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your essay?
  3. Where did you struggle, if at all?

Quick Write

What are some possible reasons for banning books?

Introduction to Sandra Cisneros

Have you ever read anything by Sandra Cisneros before this class?

Did anybody look here up? What did you find out? Her books were banned in Arizona. Why do you think they banned them?

Pioneering Chicana writer Sandra Cisneros received the 2015 National Medal of Arts Award from President Barack Obama at the White House, Thursday morning (Sept. 22).

Why are we reading her stories in a composition class? How is this different from our previous readings?

Birthday Party


La Pinata mural by Diego Rivera


If you were Rachel, what would you have done?

To answer this, write a dialogue between Rachel and Mrs. Price. Begin your dialogue with:

Mrs. Price: Of course the sweater’s yours. I remember you wearing it once.

Continue the dialogue any way you want.


Library Research Notes

Today we are meeting in the Crafton Library computer room.

In the Crafton Hills website go to the library link.

Crafton Hills Library Databases

You can search for books, ebooks, reference books, and articles.

Use the EBSCO Academic Search Complete database under interdisciplinary section

Find your keywords to search effectively in the databases.

Example topic: the rising costs of textbooks

Keywords: textbooks, cost, price, course reserves

Search the keywords you came up with for your topic.

Limit the results to full texts and scholarly.

Can also limit the results to current publication date, depending on your topic.

Boolean Terms

Use the Boolean search terms to help narrow your search results


Read the abstract, summary, and/or introduction of the article you are considering to see if it is useful and relevant to what you are researching.