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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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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
In this poem we see the idealized link between nation, nature, and the individual that would in its enlightened form articulate itself as transcendentalism but in its darker form veer into manifest destiny. You can find a fully annotated version of this poem in your Norton on page 126. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at figuringamerica
I am a huge fan of Bryant not just because the poetry is better than often acknowledged but also because of his rich and fully engaged life. He was a leading voice of the the embrace of nature and individualism that was to emerge as transcendentalism and interweave itself so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at figuringamerica
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
In Heaven soaring up, I dropt an Eare On Earth: and oh! sweet Melody! And listening, found it was the Saints who were Encoacht for Heaven that sang for Joy. For in Christs Coach they sweetly sing, As they to Glory ride therein. Oh! joyous hearts! Enfir'de with holy Flame!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at figuringamerica
Make me, O Lord, thy Spining Wheele compleate. Thy Holy Worde my Distaff make for mee. Make mine Affections thy Swift Flyers neate And make my Soule thy holy Spoole to bee. My Conversation make to be thy Reele And reele the yarn thereon spun of thy Wheele. Make me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at figuringamerica
A Curious Knot God made in Paradise, And drew it out inamled neatly Fresh. It was the True-Love Knot, more sweet than spice And set with all the flowres of Graces dress. Its Weddens Knot, that ne're can be unti'de. No Alexanders Sword can it divide. The slips here planted,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at figuringamerica
(I John 2:1. An Advocate with the Father) Oh! What a thing is man? Lord, who am I? That Thou shouldest give him law (Oh! golden line) To regulate his thoughts, words, life thereby; And judge him wilt thereby too in Thy time. A court of justice Thou in heaven... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at figuringamerica
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
To My Dear and Loving Husband If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee. If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at figuringamerica
Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of Our house, July 10th. 1666. Copied Out of a Loose Paper. In silent night when rest I took, For sorrow near I did not look, I wakened was with thund’ring noise And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. That fearful sound of “fire”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at figuringamerica
Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth didst by my side remain, Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, Who thee abroad, expos’d to publick view, Made thee in raggs, halting to th’ press to trudge, Where errors were not lessened (all may judg).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at figuringamerica
This poem appears in your Norton Anthology on page 209. I recommend reading it there because of the useful notes. But here is an online version we can read together as well: In Honor of That High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth of Happy Memory Proem. Although great Queen, thou... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at figuringamerica
You can find this poem in your Norton Anthology on page 208 (right after the introduction to Bradstreet on page 207). I recommend reading that version because it documents many of the cultural allusions in Bradstreet's poem, which we believe was written as a verse introduction to the second edition... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at figuringamerica
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
This semester I am asking my American Studies students to write about "street" or public art as a way of applying the ideas and ways of thinking we are learning in the course. The assignment asks them to visit a mural or building or other work of art that can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at figuringamerica
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
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
Social Justice Poopie Pants Devil Wears Prada Bain Is Lame Botton Rocks Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at write2think
The DWYL(Do What You Love) slogan is very popular in todays society. Our class has been reading a lot about what different authors feel about these words. In my opinion, this catchy phrase is very lovely because I agree that every individual, if possible, should do what they love. Many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at write2think
I have collected some resources for our mid-semester meeting here: Powerpoint Rubric Assignment Link to Google Doc for Writing with Machines Workshop Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at freetowrite
I recently read an interview with a social worker in GiG: Americas Talk About Their Jobs. I was particularly interested in this interview because I spent a year after earning my bachelor's degree working as a social worker at Catholic Social Services in Los Angeles. Reading Elizabeth MacLean's description of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at write2think