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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 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 2 days ago at figuringamerica
One of my favorite poetry web sites,, 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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
"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
"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