Grissom's Grammar and Composition

This blog is for any student writing papers for college, for current and former students in my Communications Cluster at Lindenwood University, and my students at St. Charles Community College.

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I write for myself, for the web, and for everyone who gets me. I've been on a fasting liquid diet, traveled to Europe, and raised 2 kids. And I'm directionally challenged - I get lost a lot.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oedipus Video Clip

Check out this video clip of a scene from Oedipus - using broccoli, a potato, and my favorite, cauliflower sheep. Heh Heh.

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Poet Oral Presentations Today and Lit Paper or Journal Due

Only a few of you have emailed your poet choice, so I hope we don't have duplicate presentations. You can still email me before tonight, and the person who claims the poet first gets to present first and won't have their grade reduced if someone else does his or her poet. I will update the list as I receive new names.

Poets That Have Been Claimed:
Walt Whitman
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Bishop
Langston Hughes
Robert Frost

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Borders Poetry Readings Video Series

Borders has an excellent video series featuring poets reading their poems. Click on the Episode Six performance, Kim Addonizio's "What Do Women Want" for a quick shot of inspiration to help you write poetry for this week. Here's to the red dress.

Don't forget to email me your poet choice for the presentations next week.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Online Resources for Literature Research

Remember the literature paper is due for this week's class.

For research, first check out Lindenwood’s Literature databases. You will need to sign in for access to the databases. They are listed under the heading Humanities.

Next you can go to the companion site for our Literature book. It has study guides for each piece of literature. The names of the authors are alphabetized in groups, so you have to click on a group of names to find study questions on the stories. So to find questions for Kate Chopin, you have to click on Alexie-Erdrich because her name is located alphabetically between theirs, much like an encyclopedia. Most features don’t require registration, but for the quizzes and some other material, you will need to register.

One section of the site explains the elements of short fiction and provides examples. This would be good to look at before our final exam. Another part of the website explains different approaches to looking at literature – feminist, reader response, Marxist, and more.

Context explores how the life and times of the author influence their work. Examples are provided on the site for Young Goodman Brown, Girl, and The Story of an Hour.

Our book's website also has LitLinks, a list of web links related to specfic authors. Click on the author's name and you will find sites specific to that author. Purdue’s Owl explains how to write about Literature, including choosing a topic for a paper and using MLA to document research.

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