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Jim Sullivan
Temecula, CA
Teacher / Learner
Interests: composition and reading, american literature and culture, chicano / latino studies, service learning, student success / developmental education, technology and pedagogy
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Teaching English Online Scott Womack, 2009 (NCTE) You can read some about it on the amazon page. You can also find out about it on the NCTE page because they publish it (or should I say "we"). Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at writingwithmachines
Our first meeting takes place this coming Friday. During this meeting, we can focus on the following taks (if the group agrees, of course!). 1) Reviewing our new blog, learning how to use it, sharing ideas for how to develop it, identifying lines of inquiry we hope to explore through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at writingwithmachines
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Welcome to writing with machines, the blog for MiraCosta faculty interested in exploring the relationship between composition and technology. Created at our last faculty retreat, our Writing With Machines faculty inquiry group (or FIG) meets the third Friday of each month at 12:30. Please join us! This photo of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at writingwithmachines
Today's poem is lengthy but actually an easy read. James Revel's THE POOR UNHAPPY TRANSPORTED FELON'S SORROWFUL ACCOUNT OF HIS Fourteen Years Transportation, At Virginia, in America. IN SIX PARTS. BEING A Remarkable and Succinct History of the Life of James Revel, the unhappy Sufferer Who was put Apprentice by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at figuringamerica
For today, let's take a look at another pairing of psalms from the Bay Psalm Book and the King James Bible. Psalm 2 (Bay Psalm Book version) 1 Why rage the heathen furiously? Muse vain things people do 2 Kings of the earth do set themselves, Princes consult also; with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at figuringamerica
As your Norton intro explains (186-187), the Bay Psalm reader was a translation of the Hebrew bible's Psalms meant to be sung or performed in church. That, combined with Puritan ideals about plain and simple prose, make for a dramatic difference between the Bay Psalm Book version of any given... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at figuringamerica
Test of how to type... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at write2think
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Instructional Videos Use these instructional videos to walk through the basics of setting up your account and creating your first blog posts. Creating your blog account Creating your post and a link to your post Adding images Adding links (and finding useful ones!) Adding videos Blogifying with a Purpose Assignment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at write2think
You can find this Puritan school book alphabet poem on page 361 to 363 of your book. Read the introduction carefully, and then work your way this obviously simple but profoundly influential poem. What does it tell us about the culture from which it came? What cultural themes and literary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at figuringamerica
Read the introduction to Wigglesworth and then the first 26 stanzas of his Puritan epic The Day of Doom (238-245 in your Norton). This poetry will provide a vital contrast with Bradstreet and later Edwards for us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at figuringamerica
Today's poem is lengthy but actually an easy read. James Revel's THE POOR UNHAPPY TRANSPORTED FELON'S SORROWFUL ACCOUNT OF HIS Fourteen Years Transportation, At Virginia, in America. IN SIX PARTS. BEING A Remarkable and Succinct History of the Life of James Revel, the unhappy Sufferer Who was put Apprentice by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at figuringamerica
You can find Morton and thes poems from his New English Canaan in the Norton (157-165). This is especially useful if you would like to look at the footnotes and their clarification of the cultural references in the poems. The specifics of those references are not essential for you to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at figuringamerica
This exerpt comes from a poem by Juan de Castellanos (1522-1607) about a revolt by Puerto Rican Taino Indians against the Spanish. The speaker in this English translation of a Spanish text is Agüeybana II, "the Taino chieftain who led the last major indigenous rebellion against the Sapnish invaders, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at figuringamerica
One of my favorite poetry web sites, poets.org, has a small but cool collection of the poems of Sorjuana Inez de la Cruz, a late seventeenth-century Mexican poet. Because it includes the original Spanish, we will focus today on "Love Opened a Mortal Wound." Follow that link to read the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at figuringamerica
Written in response to the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire (1519-1521), this Nahuatl (Aztec) poem was first translated from Nahuatl to Spanish by Angel Maria Garibay and then translated from Spanish to English by Lysander Kemp. It appears in Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexcio,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at figuringamerica
Here are some resources for colleagues working on their English 100 Syllabi. 1. The official Course Outline of Record 2. The handout with all of the elements from the COR that you must include in your 100 Syllabus 3. A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at freetowrite
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"Equiano's Nativity: Negative Birthright, Indigenous Ethic, and Universal Human Rights" Yael Ben-Zvi Early American Literature Volume 48, Issue 2: 399-424. This scholarly journal article analzying Equiano's Interesting Narrative enhanced my ability to contextualize early American literary texts through three lenses:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at freetowrite
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"The Balcony and the Street: Gender, Virtue, and Politics in George Caleb Bingham's Antebellum America" Wynne Walker Moskop American Quarterly June 2013: Volume 65, Number 2. 243-270. Moskop's article -- organized around a close study of George Caleb Bingham's 1855... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at freetowrite
Patrick Sullivan "Just in Time" Curriculum for the Basic Writing Classroom Teaching Engish in the Two-Year College Volume 4`: Number 2, December 2013: 118-134 Sullivan advocates for advancing high achieving basic students more rapidly through the composition sequence by allowing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at freetowrite
Americans have considered themselves a nation of “family values” since at least the Victorian era. The romantic ideal of the American family centers around a place of love and support. In this dream, our families prepare us and liberate us for a successful future and eventually families of our own.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at figuringamerica
Investigative journalist Gloria Steinem works to expose the mistreatment of women through her undercover story as a Playboy Bunny. As a feminist, she wants to develop an understanding for why women choose to expose themselves for work. Although in this case Steinem writes to expose how women are mistreated in... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at write2think