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13 Nov


Some of you expressed an interest last week in seeing what articles I’m assigning for my EN 1510 classes during the Winter 2012 semester. If so, here is a link to the reading assignments they will be tackling. Obviously, these aren’t readings I’m requiring of you; instead, they are merely intended to be fun, interesting articles for you to consider if you so choose.

Your Question of the Week that’s due by Friday, Nov. 18 is posted below.



29 Oct


Thank you very much for your hand-written feedback from Oct. 21. As always, it’s incredibly helpful to me as a teacher. Here are two generally common themes that I noted from them:

  • By and large, the relatively relaxed nature of the class is a good thing. I’m pleased to hear that, and that approach will continue.
  • You’d like more instruction on grammar and sentence-level issues. I can certainly accomodate that. We’ll have some punctuation lessons (semicolons, colons, M-dashes, commas, quotation marks, etc.), as well as discussions of run-ons, comma splices, complete sentences, fragments, and spiffing up otherwise dry sentences in the coming week or two.

Again, thanks for the feedback. I’m almost done with your celebrity obituary essays, and overall, they are a pleasure to read; you seemed to have a lot of fun with them. You’ll have them returned to you on Nov. 4.

You’re QOTW prompt for Week 9 is posted below.


28 Oct


I know I said last week that I would post a QOTW that would be due by today, Friday, Oct. 28, and I had one all written up that I thought I had posted here, but obviously that’s not the case. Therefore, don’t worry about having a QOTW response for today.

I’ll just reuse the one that I was originally going to post last week. That will be up tonight.

Sorry for any confusion!


9 Oct

As those of you who were in class on Friday, Oct. 7 know, you need to bring in a copy of the print advertisement that you will be analyzing for your print advertisement analysis essay that is your next major assignment.

See the assignment sheets page for a list of links that you can visit for several websites that archive decades of print advertisements that you can use for your analysis. Be sure to read the assignment sheet and take a look at the example essay I wrote that is also on that page for an idea of what I’m looking for.

If you don’t bring a printed copy of your chosen ad next class on Friday, Oct. 14, you won’t get in-class credit for the day. No exceptions.

In addition, remember that your final draft of your celebrity obituary essay — including your rough draft and your peer review — is due next week.


1 Oct


As you remember, we got into a bit of a discussion about starting sentences with “and” and “but” and “because,” etc. I know there are English teachers out there who rail against that tactic, but here are links to two lengthy articles for the Spinal Column Newsweekly I wrote in the past three months and demonstrate ways to incorporate that strategy. Notice how such sentences can keep the momentum of an essay or article — even long ones such as these — running smoothly and therefore make it so the essay/article/paper doesn’t seem to flag at all. They maintain energy.


4 Sep

Because I’m the teacher and can subject you to this, here you go — an absolutely ridiculous “rap” about thesis statements. Silly? Yes. Awful? Yes. Accurate? Yes. Enjoy (or not).


27 Jul

Welcome to the blog for Kirk’s EN 1510 class for the Fall 2011 semester. Here, you will find a wealth of information about and for the class, which meets on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. in Woodland Hall, Room 2 at the Highland Lakes campus of Oakland Community College.

As you can see to the upper right, you have links to PDFs of all of your assigned readings for the semester. In addition, as the class progresses, more things will be added.

Also, this is where you will respond to your Question of the Week (QOTW) assignments that I post.

Long story short, you will need to bookmark this page so you have easy access to it throughout the semester. I look forward to a fun, productive, and thought-provoking class. Feel free to peruse the readings in advance if you’re interested, or just read them as they are assigned.