Author Archives: Dr. Ayers

My COVID Wall

Two years ago today, I sent away my AP Lang class with a flippant, “If we never come back from spring break, it’s been a pleasure being your teacher.” Hilarious. Of course, we didn’t come back from spring break in … Continue reading

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Goings On Around the Internet

Have you heard of joro spiders? Do you like sleep? If you said no to both, learn about this enormous new* species here. Photo Credit: “Joro Spider” by jdnx is marked with CC BY 2.0 I am very excited for the new Obi Wan … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

I haven’t used this blog in years and years, but I decided it was time to use it again. (Feel free to go back through and see what I said to my Kennedy AP Lang students in the distant past!) … Continue reading

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Prompts for March 8

If you need a prompt for one of your posts this week, here are three options:  1. Marcus Aurelius wrote: “Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been.” To … Continue reading

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Two Assignments and a Suggestion

Folks, I’m going to continue to push you toward using your blog for the preparation work before you begin drafting your Book Review Essay (the requirements for which can now be found on Canvas here and here). So, for your … Continue reading

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A Few Good Sources

I hope you’ve been making good headway on your nonfiction books in the past several days. So far, I’ve asked you to analyze an existing book review essay, and to think about how the author gives the reader context early … Continue reading

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NF Book Questions (part 1)

At this point, you should have your nonfiction book that you’re going to review. Is there an author’s note? If so, what important information (perhaps about her/his process) does the author tell you there? In the introduction or first chapter, … Continue reading

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Book Review Essay Analysis

As we’ve been talking about, you’re going to write a book review essay that follows the basic conventions of the genre. My hope is that you’re already well on your way to getting a nonfiction book, published either this year … Continue reading

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Friday Links

Spiders tune their webs like guitar strings. Very short video; worth the click. This upcoming Macbeth movie looks potentially pretty cool. Sounds like David Foster Wallace’s essay “Consider the Lobster” caused more than a couple of arguments with his editor. … Continue reading

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Chris Ware, Minecraft, and Visual Literacy

For later use, Ken Parille’s blog post about Chris Ware’s New Yorker cover from the June 22, 2015 issue.

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