Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

 Has anyone ever heard of RAWAC?  Well, I didn’t until I read an article titled “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum.”  This article talked about how the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are trying to refocus the attention on RAWAC through the CCSS (Common Core State Standards).  As of … Continue reading

Charles Dickens: Reality TV

When I saw the title of this article, I immediately thought of Dr. Woodworth and her Charles Dickens’ class.  It is also a perfect example of a teacher using non-traditional methods to reach his students.  The article outlines how a high school English teacher, Joe Bucolo, has used reality TV to teach Charles Dickens’s Great … Continue reading

Tweet = Full Ride to Graduate School

No seriously it does!  Well at least it does at the University of Iowa.  In fact it’s worth $37,000 – the price of a full scholarship to the university’s graduate business school.  Is that WAC or what!  The university stated that the standard application essays were becoming unoriginal and highly edited.  In other words THEY … Continue reading

The truth about IM

Last week for our out of class reading I happened to run across an interesting article in my May edition of RTE (Research in the Teaching of English).  The article is titled “Young People’s Everyday Literacies:  The Language Feature of Instant Messaging.”  I know, I know, instant messaging is so yesterday, but the study that … Continue reading

Are You Open for Change?

THE POWER OF OPEN  I am so glad that Dr. Woodworth reneged on her promise not to give us any more “lengthy reading assignments.”  My mind is just wide OPEN to Creative Commons.  I loved this article.  Below are some quotes from various people in the article that stood out to me. “I wondered if … Continue reading

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

I apologize for not getting this posted on yesterday.  I was so caught up in getting WACY and all that I forgot about our assigned reading, The Ecstasy of Influence:  A Plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem. As I was reading the article and all about Nabokov (never heard of him), Muddy Waters, Shakespeare, and T.S. Elliot, I … Continue reading

WAC rules the day again!

Guess what?  I got WACY in my classes again today.  Our next writing assignment prompt is a life-changing event, so I paired them up and told them to talk about their life-changing event.  I had them to write down their life-changing event first, before getting into their pairs.  I made sure not to pair them … Continue reading

Life after WAC

                                                                         Okay, where do I begin?  This book was just a wealth of information and I enjoyed every page.  Originally I thought I would outline the book chapter by chapter, but then I thought I did not want to have to follow a chapter by chapter outline.  Maybe I want to J                  M                                                                               U                       … Continue reading

I GOT MY WAC On 2day

Like I said in my earlier post, my current readings have inspired me.  Not only to write but to get WACY in my English classes.  Just how WACY did I get? WE DID PEER REVIEW GROUPS!  Yep, you heard me.  I put my students in groups of four and they shared their paragraphs with each … Continue reading

I Want to Write

Okay, after reading my article for the week and my book for the book review, I have become inspired to write.  I know, I know I should have been inspired way before now considering Dr. Woodworth has been preaching  “WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!” since the first day of class.  But what can I say — I’m … Continue reading

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