Archive | May, 2015

Plan for today…

12 May

Readings, and reading further, not for how we can build on what’s on the page, but the coherence and togetherness, the conviction of these first pages. And we need counterarguments.. some opposition, and not for sakes of simply doing so, but to empower the speaker.. so start.. and write down what they read.. offer critiques, criticisms, remarks, ask for more clarity in certain portions of the read..

Pay attention to:
-Title (5)
-Introduction/framing of topic, argument (10)
-First body paragraph, how the sequence evidence is introduced and established (10)
-Selected examples and usage thereof (10)
-Tone/Voice (10)
-Word Choice (10)
-Demonstrated Authority (10)
-Mechanics (10)
-Pathos (making us care… or at the very least, interested) (10)
-Conclusion (10)
-Works Cited Page (5)

Today, or this morning, or afternoon, is very much about enjoying each other’s work but as well hearing what your colleagues have to say about what you’ve written, so be open to feedback, and embrace it– ‘REACTION’ is the aim of today’s game…
Please consider each portion of this rubric, and consider how each paragraph contributes to and is affected by each item. I know… Do the best you can. What I’m hoping is demonstrated, all aside, OWNERSHIP!

Let’s go back to that question: “What have you taught yourself this semester?”….. So? And where do you go from this, or these revelations? This meaningful SELF-instruction?

An idea, this second-to-last “regular” meeting: “Don’t rush the story.” Thoughts?

Walk away with this: Your character has meaning, and has a story, and this last assignment isn’t anything even loosely resembling an ‘end’.
And this: Education.. a student has to be taught, yes, but the “student” must also have a need, not just a desire, to learn, to be enriched, to thoughtfully grow…
Then this: Ownership. Over your work. If you disagree with this notion, then you have nothing.


4 May

thought for you all…..


This morning I expand upon Composition or the concept of and in. Our submission soon due, we should examine the togetherness of our pieces. Me, for example, starting with Kerouac and his need for the story, the Newness, the exhilaration and the stream of stimuli. But all critical and clinical consideration aside, use what’s around you, your everyday day and routine; you never know where you’ll find “inspiration”. Again, keep your eyes open, always, as writers. I know the view may be a bit extremist, but keep a little notebook with you, and pen, and scribble anything you think you might be able to use.. for example, again, Sal’s need to travel, to take off, to be around Dean.. then parallel that I would with the people I see around me everyday in the line, the coffee shop, on the way to work, some looking exasperatingly miserable. This would leave…

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