Questions, Prompts, Responses, and Answers

Essay questions aren’t questions. Teachers and parents, have you noticed?     Written in the imperative instead of the interrogative. Demanding that “your student” compare/contrast, describe, or analyze texts instead of asking.   For example: In an extended constructed response, analyze how the author of “The Scarlet Ibis” created the protagonist’s voice through diction, imagery, and … Continue reading Questions, Prompts, Responses, and Answers

Asleep Please

Please shares the same letters as asleep. English language happenstance?  As if.     For decades, bedraggled parents, chronic pain sufferers, and distraught teachers have recognized the desperation created by arranging the two anagrammed words in the same sentence.   Please be asleep, Little Thing. Please let me fall asleep, Stabbing Vibration Terrorizing My Left Armpit. … Continue reading Asleep Please

Not My Jams

Just like I don’t like strawberries dipped in chocolate, apples mixed in with chicken salad, or pineapple coupled with shrimp from the grill, there are certain types of books that I find more palatable than others. No longer am I the college coed or secondary school student struggling through the rigid cannon-esque syllabus of my … Continue reading Not My Jams