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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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This poem is another example of Piatt's use of dialogue -- here between a mother and a child -- to explore the moral ambiguities of a historical moment. In this case, the mother is responding to a picture that appeared in the newspapers depicting a woman revolutionary -- a member... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at figuringamerica
This Piatt poem fascinates me because it takes on two sacred cows -- traditional romance narratives (and the story of the disconsolate lover of the fallen warrior) and war as heroic sacrifice. The speaker, apparently addressing a lover who has died in the war, rejects both ideals and seems to... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at figuringamerica
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Dickinson is primarily a topic for the first semester of American literature, largely because she wrote the vast majority of her poetry during the Civil War years, but I ask you to spend a few moments with this very brief poem because I think it points to a question of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at figuringamerica
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A less know poet from this era, Piatt has earned attention from critics over the past decade because of the way her poetry engages with issues of gender, class, race, and national identity as well as her use of internal and external dialogues and other structures that explore multiple voices,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at figuringamerica
Allen Ginsberg "A Supermarket in California" In his free verse and social radicalism (which tempered as he aged), Walt Whitman was a major influence to the Beat poets of the 1950, especially Allen Ginsberg, who imagines an encounter with his literary and cultural hero (Ginsberg was gay and Whitman describes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Winslow Homer Dressing for the Carnival, 1877 The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns this painting, and their web site offers this excellent description of it and how the painting connects to changing ideas of racial hierarchy and racial equality as well as new ideas of cultural hybridity that emerge from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Winslow Homer A Visit from the Old Mistress, 1876 Many critics have noticed a fundamental shift toward racial equality in this image. Not only do the African American woman center the painting, but one of the former slaves is seated while her former mistress is standing. This would never have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at figuringamerica
Langston Hughes I, Too Written: 1925 I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Edmonia Lewis, a mixed race (her parents were African American and Chippewa) sculptor created this work to celebrate Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (Pohl 230-231). What does this sculptor seem to suggest about the tension between racial hierarchy and racial equality in America? What about femininity and masculinity? Faith and intellectual reason?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Matthew Brady:: Walt Whiman, 1867? Walt Whitman "I Hear America Singing" Year Published: 1867 The relationship between singing and poetry in American culture can be traced back to Native American cultures and the songs of Puritans singing biblical psalms in New England. Walt Whitman made singing the central trope, metaphor,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at figuringamerica
Why Are We Here? Practice Space Principles to help students learn rather than to test learning highlight, review, clarify, apply, etc. deploy explanatory apparatus use SLOs and objectives Samples syllabus quiz (sample syllabus) week one and questions throughout semester success... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at freetowrite
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Copley Square in Boston is home to three of the most interesting architectural achievement in America: Trinity Church, The Boston Public Library, and the John Hancock Building. In this photo, you can see the nineteenth century church dwarfed by the gleaming mirrored windows of the twenty-first century skyscraper. To get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at figuringamerica
Please click on your group link, read the prompt and rubric criteria, and complete the group activity. The goal here is to change and revise the paragraph so that it better achieves the rubric criteria. Group 1 Group 2 Group... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at freetowrite
Here is another Claude McKay Sonnet: "If We Must Die" (1919). For a good but brief biography of McKay, check out this Modern American Poetry site. If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Greetings MiraCostans: Please click on this 251 Syllabus link to download and open the course syllabus for Humanities 251. In it, you will find five jam-packed pages describing what I hope will be an engaging and challenging journey through American culture from just after the Civil War until the turn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Workshop Tools Workshop Description and Evaluation Form Google Doc Wordpress One Awesome Blog Reflections on Practice MiraCosta GE Outcomes Jim's Blogs write2think writingwithmachines figuringamerica studyingamerica Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at freetowrite
Greetings Literature 251 Students: If you are visiting this blog, chances are good that you received an email from me announcing I had posted the syllabus here: Lit251 Syllabus. Please read the syllabus carefully and make sure the this class is right for you. If you have any questions, do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at figuringamerica
Agenda: Download PDP_agenda_11_13_15 September Minutes: Download PDP_MINUTES_09-25-15_DRAFT_v1 (1) November Minutes: Download PDP_Minutes_10-9-15_DRAFT_v1 (1) Survey Questions Subcommittee Google Doc Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at freetowrite
For the second major paper in English 100, I have the students explain, apply, and evaluate ideas from Ken Bain's What the Best College Students Do in an essay of about 2000 words. In the online setting, the students do three drafts and give each other peer feedback on each... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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Thanks for your question, Curry. You can mess around with images in all sorts of ways in our blog posts (including adding descriptions and captions) by clicking on the image when you are inside the post editor creating your post. That will take you into an image editor that looks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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So... I am not really supposed to be entering the fray here and posting -- I am the facilitator guy -- reading everything, commenting sometimes, and setting up each week... But this week's topic was irresistible. I know it is de rigueur in online learning to complain about course or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at writingwithmachines
Welcome New Colleagues! I am thrilled to have this opportunity to talk about teaching and learning with you. I hope our time together will help us develop syllabi that reflect who we are and provide powerful student success guidance for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at freetowrite
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Because we are doing some upgrades in the classrooms at my college, I have been thinking about and researching the possibilities of creative technology design for college classrooms. Apparently, I am not the only one trying to re-imagine the classroom... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at freetowrite
Three resources we will use today: 1. a powerpoint: Download Quizzingtoteach 2. miracosta webcms 3. blackboard Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at freetowrite
Powerpoint: Download Syllabusworkshop Sample 1 Sample 2 Office of Instruction Guidance Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at freetowrite