New school year

My school is two weeks into the new year, and it’s been a good start.

Busy, of course, but the mood on campus is upbeat, and in my classes we’ve already begun using an online forum and Google Drive to write and share. We’ve also done some idea-generating activities so that we can write ‘from plenty,’ as James Moffett put it.

I’m going to do an inquiry this term involving academic discourse & Sheridan Blau’s commentary activity. More on that in an upcoming post.

I’ve also been busy with my piece on Gay’s Lion Farm for the El Monte history reader. Writing history is difficult for me, as it’s similar yet not quite the same as writing about literature, and I’m on my fourth ‘official’ draft, not to mention endless notes and ‘idea chunks,’ digital & handwritten. I hope to be finished with the piece by next weekend, though.

One more neat thing going on: my journalism students are going to work this fall with folks from local public television station KCET, with an opportunity to have their work published on the station’s website. More on that soon as well.

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