February 2007 Archives

Tachers can make all the difference!

Born for Teaching!

The Perfect Job...

Lemire (skim Ch 2-7) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Types of Jobs

--Arts/Entertainment Critic--

"Being a critic of some kind-food, music, book, theater- might impress
the undergraduate reporter as being fun and even say easy."

Being a Good Teacher!

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Lemire (skim Ch 2-7) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Teach First, Love Later

"...Even if you do teach children or young people, you don't have to
love them to be a good teacher, though it certainly would help the
development of your patience, flexibility, and understanding."

How do you use right words!?

Jerz, ''Poetry is for the Ear'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Free verse is not, as the name implies, a string of random or completely uncontrolled words. Free verse aims to emulate the patterns of everyday speech, or the stream of consciousness, or the weirdly distorted patterns of the world of dreams, or who knows what--

Rhyme is Better!

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Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (198-225) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Rhyme is the repetition in two or more nearby words of the last stressed vowel and all of the syllables that follow it."

Poetry and Relationships

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Jerz, ''Poems: Short but Effective'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

One Perfect Rose

"A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - -
One perfect rose."

How lucky we are!

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Poetry Selections -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The WORLD is so full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

Portfolio for EL 150

Portfolio 1 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Here is the link to my Portfolio

Blog Portfolio for EL 150

Portfolio 1 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

This is my first time blogging and my first blog portfolio. This portfolio will cover assigned readings, discussions, and comments that we have completed through this first half of the spring semester (2007).

I never knew about blogging before I started this class. I know understand the process and procedures that are required for making a blog. I think that blogging is very important because it lets every individual participate with classmates and also understand the material much easier through discussion. Blogging has many positive aspects to it and can be a very good in-class discussion starter.

Coverage: (This section contains all of the assigned agenda items for this semester thus far).


Depth: (This section includes the agenda items that prompted great discussion and went in depth with the reading)


Interaction: (This section contains comments that helped facilitate or promote classroom discussion)

• Comment on Chera Pupi’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2007/01/go_mrs_hale.html#comments
• Comment on Jenna Miller’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/01/the_same_old_thing.html#comments
• Comment on MacKenzie Harbison’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/02/i_aint.html#comments
• Comment on Jenna Miller’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/01/scissors_hurt_and_get_even.html#comments

Discussions: (This section contains blog entries that started classroom discussion)

Timeliness: (This section contains blogs that were written early enough to spark a good online discussion. All except for two of my blog entries were posted early.)


Xenoblogging: (This section contains comments that I was first to leave on fellow classmates).

• Comment on Jenn Miller’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/01/in_the_jungle_the_lion_sleeps.html#comments
• Comment on MacKenzie Harbison’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/01/caves_are_poetry.html#comments
• Comment on MacKenzie Harbison’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MacKenzieHarbison/2007/02/i_aint.html#comments
• Comment on Maggie Jones’ Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/01/how_much_worse_could_it_get.html#comments
• Comment on Maggie Jones’ Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/02/this_fits_me_well.html#comments
• Comment on Bethany Merryman’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/BethanyMerryman/2007/02/satire_and_the_animals_on_the.html#comments
• Comment on Hallie Geary’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/HallieGeary/2007/01/between_life_and_death.html#comments
• Comment on Jenna Miller’s Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaMiller/2007/02/technology_helper_or_destroyer.html#comments
• Comment on Jennifer Prixs’ Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JenniferPrex/2007/02/is_there_some_connection.html#comments
• Comment on Maggie Jones’ Blog:
o http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MargaretJones/2007/02/crossroads.html#comments



• After getting into the routine of blogging, I was able to post my blog entries in an interesting way. It was important to give the blog an interesting name so that other students want to read the entry. This particular blog entry was from the Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms book which used an example of a previous poem we read in class. This term sparked discussions that lead some students to examine the term and then apply it to the particular play that we read. I did not list the piece of work in my blog for that particular reason. I feel that blogging is a very important tool within the classroom. This is because it lets students to actively participate and examine other student’s ideas and thoughts about the assignment.

Additional Information: (Reflection papers throughout the semster thus fur covering the agenda items. These papers make connections with blog entries by other students and helped me to understand the material easier).


An allusion in “Everyman”

Geography and Literature

People can sure be Sarcastic

Violence and Literature

Show me the Technology

Catching the Reader's Attention!


Kennedy, ''Short Stories: 10 Tips'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"In today's fast-moving world, the first sentence of your short story should catch your reader's attention with the unusal, the unexpected, an action, or a conflict."

Reflection paper: The After Life

London, ''To Build a Fire'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Reflection paper incorporating connections from the past four short-stories.

Religion has great meaning!

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O'Connor, ''The River'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

#1: "He had found out already this morning that he had been made by a carpenter named Jesus Christ."
#2: "Kingdom of Christ"

It's cold, cold, cold!

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London, ''To Build a Fire'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"It was seventy-five below zero; it was colder than sixty below, than seventy below. It was seventy-five below zero."

It's simple, but can be confusing!

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (32-67) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"A simile is a figure of thought in which one kind of thing is compared to a markedly different object, concept, or experience."

More Religion...

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Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (98-111; 150-166) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"An epiphany means a sudden, overwhelming insight or revelation evoked by a commonplace object or a scene in a poem or a work of fiction."

An allusion in “Everyman”!?

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Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

Reflection paper for Everyman and Literary Terms (68-97)

Images from the Bible

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Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

God: "They forget clean, and shedding of my blood red;
I hanged between two, it cannot be denied;
To get them life I suffered to be dead;"

Imagery means more than a visual picture!?


Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (68-97) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The broad meaning of imagery, however, includes all of the references to sensory perception that a work contains or evokes, not only in the form of the objects, actions, and scenes depicted in literal descriptions, but also in allusions and in the vehicles of metaphors and similes."

Understanding a theatrical speech!

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Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (112-149) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

An aside is a speech, usually brief, that, according to theatrical conventions, is heard only by the audience, or, sometimes, is addressed privately to another character on stage.

The "Machine" Helps Run Our Lives!?


Forster, ''The Machine Stops'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The Machine," they exclaimed, "feeds us and clothes us and houses us; through it we speak to one another, through it we see one another, in it we have our being."

I Learn Something New Everday!


Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (1-31) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"A dramatic monologue is a poem that is spoken by a fictional narrator who is clearly different from the author in age, situation, or gender."

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