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January 20, 2008

*Closed Mondays* - A Narrative in Claymation


FILM SOURCE: Closed Mondays. 1975. Creators. Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner. Voices. Todd Oleson and Holly Johnson. Music. Bill Scream. Fantastic Animation Festival. 9 April 2008 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGZgsgQSXGA>.

Hi everyone,

Ok, nothing to do here, just for fun--an old animation I remember from my teenage years. But, just for purposes of conversation...what journey does this old protagonist have? How is he transformed?

See you next week,

Lee


This entry posted by lhobbs at 12:06 PM and is filed under Literature.

January 18, 2008

New to Teaching Writing? Eleven Things You Should Know


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Hi Readers,

Allyson of Learning to Teach Tech-Comm, a freelance writer and graduate student teacher, posted a list of eleven things that took me many semesters to learn by trial and error. For me, the advice is quite useful. What tips for composition teachers would you add to this list?

Eleven Things You Could Start Doing Today for the Benefit of Your Students' Writing

A few days ago, someone forwarded and email called "Eleven Things You Could Start Doing Today for the Benefit of Your Students' Writing" to the WPA listserv. I wanted to comment on it, but this is the first time I've had the chance because of the conference, as well as just keeping up in general. I'm not going to reproduce the e-mail comments under each item, but instead reproduce the items with my own thoughts.

1. Give writing assignments in written form, not just word of mouth

This one really is important. I pretty much figured that out within a week of class. Sometimes, though, telling them in . . .

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 09:40 AM and is filed under Composition.

January 13, 2008

A Message To Those Who Create Their Own Words


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Ok, follow me here: If someone is another's "girl" it used to mean that the "girl" was someone's girlfriend. But, if someone is another's "boy" (an English expression frequently repeated by other males), it apparently means something altogether different (and not a servant).

I freely admit that I know I'm getting old; I happen to know that many of us, English teachers included, hear certain trendy, new expressions that we . . .

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 06:36 PM and is filed under Industry Issues.
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January 08, 2008

When Chicago Gives You Lemons: Make MLAde!


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Happy New Year!

I just returned from Chicago where I attended two professional conferences, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). I presented at AATSEEL, interviewed at MLA, and did some valuable networking at both, which were held concurrently this year.

Much fun is . . .

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This entry posted by lhobbs at 01:38 PM and is filed under Industry Events.

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