Tag Archives: Literature

If you’re going to be

6 Sep

a dreamer, you

may as

well have

YOUR

druthers.

Avec,

Mike

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Oh yeah, and

29 Aug

PERSPECTIVE.

1A, 8/29/17

29 Aug

Punctuation thoughts… semi-colon and exclamation point 

Poetry… Plath… feminism (definition vs understanding)

Groups – Poems and quotes and your connection…

Revisit as class

Using textual evidence…. creative reading

Journal, thoughts, writing

Close – Music

If you can’t sleep,

25 Aug

find some way to get closer to your ultimate aim.  If you want to travel or finish a book, star in some headlining play or start a catering company, open a business of your own or just rewrite your life in some way… use the time you’re unable to sleep to capitalize on your abilities.  And, having some grand goal is an ability.  So many have no idea what they want, and that’s okay.  And if you’re someone who has no idea yet what you want, use the sleeplessness to think, or brainstorm possibilities in a journal, or on pieces of scratch paper.  Hang them on some board that you’ll always see, or in some area of your domicile that you everyday pass, preferably in the morning before you walk out into the day.  Though, if you’re someone who has a goal, some apexing reality you hope to taste, don’t squander this inability to shut eyes.  It’s a gift, an invitation to work, undisturbed.  Use it.  So many see sleeplessness as a burden, a pain, annoying.  I understand.  What I’m recommending is another perspective, an alternate attitude.  See what happens.  In fact, don’t “see what happens”.  Make something happen.

It’s dark, it’s quiet, it’s yours.  Take full possession and command of it.

Today…

27 Jun

Try going outside pattern.  Be You, just find a different way to do so.  Be creative, be free, be speedily defiant.  Turn your story in a new direction.  Could be simple as driving a new way to work, or leaving early, or having an extra cup of coffee….

Record the outcomes of your character.

Summer Syllabus

20 Jun

English 305.1, section 9055 ~ “Development of College Reading and Writing”

Summer 2017

1624 Emeritus Hall, Santa Rosa Junior College,

Main Campus

Michael J. Madigan

M-Th, 6pm-8:15pm

6/19/17 to 8/10/17

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION

Development of general education and career-technical reading, writing, and information competency skills necessary for college work.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. Describe and apply reading strategies and rhetorical patterns of organization for level appropriate materials.

2. Comprehend, infer, interpret, and analyze vocational and academic texts.

3. Use the writing process to: narrow a topic suitable for an essay of a prescribed length; formulate and develop a thesis with details, examples, and reasons; and express ideas in clear and grammatical sentences and logical paragraphs.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in reading comprehension through writing summaries, and responses, short essays, and short research assignments.

5. Demonstrate proficiency in learning practices that foster literacy skills and promote student success.

6. Access, select, and evaluate research materials, recognize the principles of academic integrity, and use research materials in written assignments.

Objectives:

Using general education and career-technical readings of various lengths and increasing

complexity, such as short articles, chapters from textbooks, short

stories, novels, full-length works of nonfiction, and/or other materials, students

will:

EFFECTIVE LEARNING PRACTICES

1. Participate in college classes effectively.

2. Demonstrate effective academic habits.

3. Find and use campus and community resources that foster literacy skills and student success.

Attendance:  All classes are mandatory.  If you miss more than 4 meetings, for any reason, you will not pass the class.

GRADE COMPOSITION

Short Writings — 30%

Essays — 20%

Attendance & Activity — 20%

Journals — 10%

Quizzes — 10%

Readings — 5%

Creative — 5%

Before we can address anything in the course outline, we have to get you comfortable with you, and the way you think, what you think about in reaction to something you read.  THEN, we can get fancy.  We’ll start the first day reading a couple short passages, and talking with each other about what we notice.  What does it make us think of, how does the writing feel, what kind of punctuation is used… when reading a text, what issues are brought up?

WE ONLY HAVE EIGHT WEEKS.  That’s it.  To get through everything we have to and have you leave feeling comfortable, more comfortable about how you read in a college setting and your written reactions to what you read, as well as the discussions that follow with your colleagues.

My biggest advice to you, before we begin, is relax.  Then, think about your life, everything you’ve seen, and everything you know.  Your life, and all the experiences that entails.  Your Human Experience will help you identify certain themes in what we read, will help you conduct research, write a thesis and defend it.

The catalogue description specifies, “necessary for college work”.  Well, what is truly necessary for academic success at the college level is not only being able to read the material and understand it, but notice what’s taking place in what you’re reading— What’s being said, how the author feels and what their intentions are, taking a closer look at the examples provided and them forming our own conclusion and opinions to civilly share with one another.

Over the summer, we’ll be keeping a ‘new word roster’, somewhere in our journals.  This is not just for sakes of widening our vocabularies, but as well exploring words themselves, seeing how they affect the feel of a reading and how it might say something about the author’s attitude.  And, okay, it’s just fun to find and gather new words, words that we can make out own and use how we want.  This will also help with becoming more comfortable with the way you think and read a text and write a reaction to what you read.  We only have eight weeks, so consider your first assignment finding a couple new words, why not make it three, and reporting back to us telling what the words mean and how they might be used in prose.

YOU…. this is about You.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE —

WEEK 1:  Short writings, discussion

WEEK 2:  Essay 1, readings, journal WEEK 3:  Readings, creative

WEEK 4:  Essay 2

WEEK 5:  Journal, short writings, creative

WEEK 6:  Research, readings, re-writing of essays, editing

WEEK 7:  Presentations, planning… short writings

WEEK 8:  Presentations, journals, re-writes, short writings

Hughes, Desire

Discussion 1—  What does this poem mean to you?  Does it remind you of anything?  How does Mr. Hughes sound in the poem?  And, what does “mingled breath” mean?

Ownership of Topic

16 Mar

Anyone can see this is encouragement, when I say it in class—  “Make the topic your own.” Or, “The onus is all yours.” But it’s more than that, actually.  The ‘ownership’ precipitates from the eagerness and exploratory urges from the student.  ‘What is the author wanting us to do?’ and ‘How does this relate to my life, and society today?’ The ownership is really a connection between the student and their work, their life as a matriculant.  A student can be passive, merely going from one assignment and class to the next, or they can feel an irrefutable inner-compulsion to explore their abilities, to test themselves.  Ownership of topic is command of experience.  But, the student has to make that choice.  The other day I stressed that “The student has to be an animal, a predator feeding on knowledge, otherwise they become prey to their own idleness.” It comes down to choices, actions, maintenance of mental activity.  The ownership begs creativity, to find new approaches and thoughts, ways to read and write, do research and study.

In the college purview, you need to encourage yourself and not wait for some momentous encouragement from the outside.  The owner of anything should be starkly abreast that the story begins and ends with him/her.  Again, I know, “encouragement”.  But why not encourage?  Why not encourage yourself?  Make all topics, classes, semesters, programs, goals your own.  There is no student who can’t be a serious student, who can’t master, own, something in the curriculum.  Once you’ve mastered something, or feel that sense of ownership and control of your work, you’ll be lifted… lifted from angst and self-doubt.  You, the student, are the master.  You are in control.  You own what you’re working on.  You have to convince yourself of that, and maintain, encourage, that conviction.