Montaigne

Today, we engaged in a rather Montaignian (Montaignesque?) discussion in 203, which I found exceptionally enjoyable. Almost everyone participated, thought I've still got a few hold-outs! We did some small group work first, where I asked students to draw on the introductory/contextual reading guide questions, finding one or two that struck them as most interesting …

Workshopping, Round 1

This morning in comp 102, we held our first workshopping day, and I've got mixed feelings about it. It's hard to read one's own work critically, true--but I still feel that looking at others' work is an important first step. Workshopping helps us acheive the degree of distance necessary to a critical examination of one's …

Petrarch’s Sonnets

Today in 203 we'll get to go over Petrarch's sonnets, which I'm really excited about. We'll consider how to "get into" them--most importantly, by identifying 1.) key images or motifs visible in the text, 2.) how the historical context can focus our attention, and 3.) how to paraphrase dense language and convoluted syntax. This last …

:15 Classes

Each year, I like to have a small-group, short-class meeting with students, ideally at the beginning of the term; today we had ours in Composition 2, and four students met together, with me, for :15 classes. The time allows me to get to know students a bit better, on the individual level, as well as …