I just HAVE to put this out there…

I am sitting in a coffee shop where I frequently hide to get work done when being at home is too distracting, and while the barista was getting my coffee I noticed something that made my brain activity jump off the charts: she had the final three lines of Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” TATTOOED ON THE INSIDE OF HER FOREARM (and I mean the ENTIRE inner part of her forearm)! You know I’m serious, because you know how much I discourage exclamation points and writing in all caps. There is simply no other way to express it. Wow. That’s dedication. Interestingly, that’s the second literary tattoo I have seen in the past year. An English teacher friend of mine has a raven tattooed on his calf atop the word “Nevermore.” I found this wildly entertaining.Please understand I am not encouraging (or even suggesting) that anyone go out and do this sort of thing. I am simply reporting, as usual, about the interesting ways in which gems of literature pop up in the least expected places. 

CVCC Students – Update – Real World English Assignment

Today we worked in class on “reading the fine print” of credit card agreements and solicitations. I have copies of the assignments for each of you, and you should pick them up tomorrow. They are due (for you) on Friday of this week – please don’t let your make-up work build up. You should get started by watching this video clip that will make you understand WHY it is important to read anything before you sign it (when we have a Real World English quiz, the material in clip WILL be included).   

4th period CVCC Students – Monday assignment

First of all, THANK YOU for remembering to check here for updates. This will keep you on track during this week that you’ll be missing class. Today we will be writing thank you notes to the people we interviewed with last Thursday. Please stop in today or tomorrow for your interviewer’s contact information (and, if you weren’t here on Friday, the instructions for the assignment). Remember, this is the GRADED portion of the mock interview process. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th. Please turn it in to me or put it in my mailbox (DON’T seal the stamped & addressed envelope or I won’t be able to give you a grade for the letter!). AR QUIZZES: If you have not yet taken a quiz for your current AR book, please remember that you are welcome to come in early to take them. Monday, March 17th is the absolute last day to get credit, and it’s you’re responsibility to find a time to take it. Remember to check in again tomorrow. Have a good day!  

Snow (Ice?) Day Reminders


Enjoy having the day off today, but please remember that TOMORROW (Thursday, March 7th) is your mock interview day. Dress appropriately, and bring your Career Portfolio or resume. Here are some more details about what to wear/bring and what NOT to wear/bring.
Aren’t you glad now that we practiced yesterday instead of waiting until today? 🙂

We will resume work on our Hamlet essays during OGT week. CVCC students, I will give you the necessary info before or after your interviews tomorrow.


Be sure to have your homework done before class on Thursday (the nine questions you were to answer about the sample OGT response). Also, during class tomorrow you will commit to which Julius Caesar character you will analyze in the essay you’ll be writing. If you have computer trouble for Study Island, I recommend going to the library.


Don’t forget to complete SI assignments and the homework that was assigned on Tuesday. If you are the one person who was absent that day, don’t worry –you will get caught up quickly after completing your Julius Caesar Test.

I think that’s everything. Be careful out there – it’s a good day to stay inside and read a book, hint hint.