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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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Posted Nov 29, 2016 at write2think
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Assignment: Answer the guiding question "What does a specific Chicano mural (of your choice) tell us about why we do or why we should work? Answer that question by discussing specific details from the mural in a 200 word post with a clear claim, carefully explained support, and appropriately documented... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at write2think
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Just read a cool article on parenting by Marcia Angell in the New York Review of Books: Why Be a Parent? I liked it for three reasons: 1) it challenges binaristic ways of thinking -- in this case about parenting,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at freetowrite
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 Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at write2think
In “Taking Care of Business,” Bachman Turner Overdrive scornfully reject traditional rationales for work and boldly declare we should “work to do nothing all day.” Poking fun at 9-5 workers, the band asks us to embrace their hard driving party music life as the lead singer declares “look at me,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at write2think
Many thanks to my new faculty colleagues for a great first day together. Here are some resources related to our syllabus workshop you may find useful. The official office of instruction syllabus guidelines (remember to distinguish between required and recommended!).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at freetowrite
This humanities course explores artifacts and texts from Early American culture through the Civil War with a particular emphasis on representations of race (Native Americans, Slavery, etc.), class, and gender. Humanities 250: American Studies frequently compares historical artifacts with more contemporary texts: the Pocahontas of 1607 Jamestown with 20th century... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at figuringamerica
Here are some amazing American writers we did not have time to read this past semester: Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony​ This is our greatest work by our greatest Native American writer -- novel -- poem -- postmodern masterpiece -- obsessed with the great questions of American life Ralph Ellison Invisible... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at figuringamerica
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An email announcement I sent to my American Studies students tonight: In the late 50s and early 60s American artists confronted oppressive pressures of social conformity -- particularly America's mass market, advertising and media driven consumer culture. Many artists responded by defying or questioning that culture (consider Rienholtz' Illegal Operation)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at figuringamerica
From an emailed announcement I recently sent my American literature students: "Sonny's Blues" ends with Sonny's dazzling piano performance, and for me the description of that performance is one of the most beautiful moments in our literature: Then they all gathered around Sonny and Sonny played. Every now and again... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at figuringamerica
An emailed announcement I sent to my American Literature students a few days ago: For the next stage in our journey, we move from William Faulkner and the Great Depression to James Baldwin and the Modern Civil Rights era. As I was pulling together my thoughts on Baldwin and "Sonny's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at figuringamerica
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About three weeks ago, over 100 MiraCostans gathered to celebrate the joy of teaching and learning. While the organizers of and participants in this event recognize how the data informed analysis anchoring program review and Achieving the Dream are necessary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at freetowrite
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Group Sharing Google Doc PDP Teaching and Learning Library Suggestion List Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at freetowrite
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Here are some links we will use during our synchronous session. They take you to the google docs for our various group activities. Click on them, and you will be magically transported to a google doc that you can edit and contribute to! Claims / Answering Guiding Questions Identifying and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at figuringamerica
While for our class's purposes the Hamilton video I posted yesterday was most immediately relevant -- after all, we do spend one of the last weeks in the course focused on that text -- I also wanted to share the Kendrick Lamar performance from last night. I must confess that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at figuringamerica
Hamilton won a grammy tonight, but more importantly for our purposes, the company performed the first scene of the musical live. And here it is for your artifact of the day viewing pleasure: Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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America experienced race riots across the country in the last few years of the 1960s. This chilling photo from a Newark riot and the accompanying commentary offer an interesting historical perspective on these terrible events. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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This fascinating image is coupled with an interview with the man captured in the image. Please check out both by visiting "A Curbside Sermon by Reverend Wyatt T. Walker" Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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I am sharing this image with you not only because it is so powerful in and of itself but also because what the Times has done with it is also interesting. Please check out the photo and read through the complete analysis. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s juxtaposed brutally violent acts against Black Americans with the non-violent movement movement led by MLK and men like Medgar Evers. This Times photo captures some of the hostility on the day Evers died. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at figuringamerica
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Each day in February, the New York Times is publishing extraordinary "unpublished" photos of African Americans from its archives, as I catch up on my artifact of the day project, I thought I would share some of the most interesting of these photos with you here on the blog. Please... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at figuringamerica
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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 Feb 9, 2016 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 Feb 9, 2016 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 Feb 2, 2016 at figuringamerica