I've always said that I should make a tumblr for my students to access links/photos/ideas/articles that I discover online and that are relevant to their class. I teach grammar, literature, and 1st year writing classes.
The title of this tumblr is a quote from Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot.
Here is a video where Richard Pryor discusses his PAST use of the n-word. Pryor passed away in 2005, and this NY Times article written shortly after his death focuses a lot on a discussion of the word. This article and video may be of interest to my Temple or my Rowan students.
Especially for my Temple students, if you choose to read this article, please note how this is an opinion piece that uses the words of others to prove its point. Rather than emphasizing his own stance on the use of the word, the writer uses quotes and beliefs from others as well as facts and statistics to prove his point, to let the reader understand his opinion on the matter.
American classism at its best! This is an article about how Universities are more likely to admit students based on their PARENTS’ ABILITY TO PAY THEIR TUITION than their grades/activities. This makes me too mad for words. This is one of the things about higher education that I hope to some day influence/change. It’s complete nonsense and unbelievably classist.
You learn in college (and in high school, if you’re lucky,) that it’s the people with the power who write the rules/write history. You learn that these are the people with the money. If the people with the money are admitting people into the best colleges based on privilege rather than on intelligence, they are doing young students a serious, serious disservice. A university’s job should be to serve its students, not to have its students’ parents’ money serve it.
This blog is a GREAT resource for looking for your paper topic for AMERICAN ENGLISH GRAMMAR. The most recent topic is titled “The Dangler Zone” and is about dangling modifers, something that we will get to.
If you don’t have something about language that particularly interests you, then take a look at this week’s edition and past week’s editions of this blog. Something may jump out at you, and you’ll have a source ready for you to use! Check it out.
This is a recent New York Times article on Ursinus College, one of the colleges that Salinger dropped out of, and the tenuous relationship they have with being one of the “legendary” schools that Salinger quit. It was published recently, on 3/20/2011.