Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: Natasha Trethewey

Appointed the 2012 Poet Laureate of Mississippi and having served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner Natasha Trethewey's titles speak to her mastery of the poetry genre. Her poems read like snapshots of the South from an era few people like to talk about, an era not too long ago.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Writing Wednesdays: Citation Styles

We all know we need to cite when we reference someone else's work or thoughts in a paper (to not do so is plagiarism). But what style should we use?

There are three primary styles of citation in academia: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago/Turabian.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Technology in the Classroom: Using Twitter in the Literature Classroom, Part 1

Many of today's teachers are trying to find ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms in fun and creative ways. Why not?  From etexts to school websites to topic wikis to educational social sites like Edmodo, technology and education are becoming increasingly more interconnected.

How can teachers utilize technology in the modern classroom to help students really connect with course content? Social media sites like Twitter can be valuable classroom tools that instructors can easily use to further any lesson, but teachers need to be careful about how they use such tools.

Why Do We Read?

Most of us read, but why do we read?

Because we are bored? Because we are trying to escape something? Because we are waiting for the train? The bus? Because we love stories? Because we saw our siblings/parents/grandparents read?

What is a Poet Laureate?

Just like birds, rocks, trees, and flags, many states have official state poets.

Ava Leveall Haymon, current Poet Laureate of Louisiana

A poet laureate is a writer who is officially appointed by an institution, typically governmental, to be the poet for that region/state. The poet laureate serves as a cultural representative of the area and is expected, when called upon, to write poems for certain occasions or special events.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: Micah Dean Hicks

Modern fairy tale and fable writer Micah Dean Hicks creates worlds dark, strange, and startling. And with publications in over forty magazines, you know the man has to be good.

But what exactly does that mean? What is “good”? Let me explain it this way: some of his work feels like a first-rate nightmare. You know, the kind that starts off like the beginning of an amazing dream but slowly, unexpectedly, morphs into this bizarre, almost psychotic, terror that stays with you for a few days.

Thirsty Thursdays: When Taking A Sip Is More Responsible Than Binging

I don't know about you, but I am a slow reader. And when I say slow, I mean s-l-o-w.

Now I am not a slow reader because I have difficulty reading or trouble understanding concepts in the pieces I read (which wouldn't be bad, either). No, I am a slow reader because I chose to be.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

R+L=J: An Oldie, but a Goodie

Theories swirl like wildfire around the A Song of Ice and Fire series, specifically where George R R Martin is going to take the epic tale next. While the exact turn of events is widely disputed, many fans believe Jon Snow, the alleged bastard of Ned Stark, will play a major role in the coming books.

Image: HBO
Jon’s heritage has been under great scrutiny from fans for many years. Perhaps one of the most interesting (and oldest) theories is R+L=J or

Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Why I Hate Book Reviews: A Book Review

So I recently finished reading the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked it. A lot.

I purchased Cinder from the Bargain Books section at B.A.M. Admittedly, I did not have high expectations for the book; I typically do not like adaptations of classics and while scifi is close to my heart, the robot subgenre is my least favorite. The cover looked typical of most Post-Twilight Saga young adult books -- black and white with the literary symbol in bright colors (red, in this case) -- and I picked the book up simply because it was cheap and I thought it could go in my new classroom library.