A Literacy Portfolio

A Literacy Portfolio

Teaching

This morning, over coffee, I read an essay by Jess Burnquist about an assignment she uses to get students to think about their histories and relationship with literacy. Burnquist writes that she developed these “literacy portfolios” as an introductory assignment because “It became clear that [her students] had been scarred by negative educational or at-home … Read More

My Cat (the Artful) Dodger

My Cat (the Artful) Dodger

Freewriting

after Christopher Smart’s “My Cat Jeoffry”   For I will consider my cat (the Artful) Dodger. For he was named so as a stray kitten coming ‘round the back porch. For he enters and exits of his own volition through the cat door. For everything he does is of his own volition. For I cannot … Read More

Your Guide to Thievery

Your Guide to Thievery

On Writing

(originally published under “Your Guide to Thievery,” Sept 16, 2011, thebarking.com) Know what’s played. No one’s going to break into a house and walk out with a VCR under his arm, a bag of incandescent light bulbs, and a pair of worn Hammer pants. Keep your eye out for catchy trends and be wary of … Read More

Resolutions to Write By

Resolutions to Write By

On Writing

On the brink of the New Year, a friend and I were discussing how to work writing into our resolutions. Each year I make some kind of writing resolution; but I try to stay away from vague resolutions, because I heard sometime ago that most goals fail if they aren’t measurable (eg. “eat a healthier … Read More