Friday, March 26, 2010

Responding to "My Word"

Over the break, you're going to finish reading My Word; your blogging assignment is to write a post (approximately 500 words) in response. You can respond to whatever interests you most in these last couple chapters, or you can think about whether or not you agree with Blum's description of college culture, and the pressures students face which lead them to plagiarize. If you want to think further ahead, you may want to think about whether or not Blum's ideas would "translate" to SFSU.

Have a great break; I look forward to reading your blog posts, and I look forward to reading your essays when you get back!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What are you reading?

This week's blog assignment is to write a post about what you've been reading lately. You can write about what you're reading for your classes, if you've come across something interesting, but the idea is to share what you like to read on your own time. What are your favorite books? What are you looking forward to reading over spring break?

This semester, I've mostly been reading stuff for this class, or for my thesis (I recently finished Unstrange Minds: Mapping the world of autism which was really interesting, and gave me some leads on more texts I may want to include in my literature review.) But I've also managed to sneak in some fun reading here and there. I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire this semester (both by Stieg Larsson) and really enjoyed them, so I can't wait until the third book, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, comes out in May. This week, I read Perdido Street Station by China Mieville; I thought it was just ok. It's a pretty highly regarded sci-fi novel, but I felt like the author was really just good at describing the crazy stuff he came up with, not so good at moving the plot along or developing his characters. I've read one of his other books and thought it was a bit better, so I guess I'll have to finish the series out -- I hate leaving a series unfinished!

Now I'm looking forward to developing a reading list for the English 214 classes I'll be teaching this summer. Any recommendations?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Had to Share

I love this comic, but this one was particularly hilarious, especially for an English teacher!