The Shelfie Project

This summer, I have been thinking of embarking on a reading quest that I would call The Shelfie Project. It took a while for me to get the courage to proceed. By the time I had, it turns out, I was not the only one with the idea. The ARTnews has begun their own Shelfie…

You Should Be Writing

In November, I challenged myself to do the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) task of writing a novel in one month. I have tried this before and failed miserably. This time, I am happy to say, I failed MUCH better! I didn’t write 50K words as the site suggests, but I did manage to write…

Language Pet Peeve #4: The Oxford Comma

The other day, someone on Facebook posted this hilarious image about the Oxford comma. I could not agree more. However, I  never thought of it as an Oxford comma. I just thought it was a correct comma. At least, that is what they told me back in fourth grade. Back then, they called it a…

SEL Layer 5: Distortion

Lain’s sister Mika is having a hard time during this episode. What do you think is causing it? Is it Lain? What do you think the doll meant when she told Lain that there isn’t anything she doesn’t know? What does that mean about Lain? Please look at the discussion questions for this episode at…

SEL Layer 3: Psyche

This week my students at Northlake watched episode three of Serial Experiments Lain, “Layer 3: Psyche.” In this episode, we see the culmination of the event at the club. Lain ends up at the police station. When she gets home, she does not find her parents there. In the morning, she finds her mother in…

Language Pet Peeve #3: Run-on sentences.

There are only two ways to join sentences together. 1) a comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) 2) a semicolon. Anything else is wrong! Coordinating conjunction example: The crowds protested for the ouster of the president, but no one was sure it would really happen. Semicolon Example: The vice president…

Language Pet Peeve #2: I thought to myself

I hear this all the time lately, and I have also read it in literature. Obviously this construction has been around for a long time, but it is an excellent example of redundancy. I thought to myself… Who else are you going to think to? Are you psychic? Do you normally think to other people…

Mindset

    Some time ago, my mother asked me to read a book with her called Mindset by Carol Dweck.  She and the other teachers at the school were asked by the principal to read the book and to discuss certain chapters. As I read, I also summarized, simply as a mechanism to push me…

Post a What?

The other day, I signed up for the Post a day challenge, and I’ve messed it up already. I was busy for the better part of the day, and it was approaching midnight before I realized that I hadn’t posted anything for January 6th. *Sigh* Maybe we can count this for the 6th, even though…

2011 Language Pet Peeve #1

“Appearances are deceiving” Yesterday, I heard a BBC reporter use the phrase “appearances are deceptive.” It reminded me of one of my pet peeves in language and writing. People love to use the phrase “appearances are deceiving,” but that usage is incorrect. I have found numerous places on the Internet that discuss this idiom. Attributed…