Saturday, February 10, 2018

This did not go as planned.

At the beginning of the year, I put in several filler posts - cartoons, weird covers, etc.  I also threw in some writing posts throughout the semester.  The plan was to then slip in a post or two a week with the filler posts keeping the blog dynamic when I was swamped.

But I've been swamped the entire year.  One of the reason is a new course I am developing for this second semester.  It is a mythology class that covers Greek & Roman, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, and Polynesian.  I've been working my butt off to get this thing ready and now I am racing to stay ahead of the students.  Something I have not had to do in quite a while.  However, I am quite proud of my start and I invite you to check out the site so far (I'm a dding to it about everyday).  http://www.lordalford.com/mythology/mythology.htm


The other reason being the larger classes for English IV than the past and some crazy notion  I had to change things up a bit, thus adding more work on myself.  I'm eager to discuss these things with you - movie based unit for Shakespeare, grading by type of lesson, and some new tech thing I've found.  But time got away from me.

So I'm putting this blog on a hiatus.  No more filler posts (well, one is left scheduled for later in the year).  Once I am ready to fill this blog up with better quality posts, I'll be back. This time truly EXTREME and not just SORT OF OK.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weird Cover Wednesday


Yes, this is an actual story about a little girl who told so many lies that the fire station didn't believe her and did not come to her rescue.  A "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" updated.  If I ever write about some horribly oppressed kid (like a Harry Potter type), this book is so going on her shelf.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gun Shot Sounds in Other Languages

I don't remember where I found this, but I was cleaning out my folders and ran across this image of gun shot onomatopoeias.  I imagine it might be a fun image to use in explaining the literary term 'onomatopoeia' or for a creative writing class.


Going to the tumblr site on the first panel shows this guy James Chapman has a couple of "in other languages" cartoons like this.  Check it out!

Also, while writing this post, a memory of a video game commercial from the '90s resurfaced.  I think the message of the commercial is "Don't be an English nerd, play video games instead," but I might be wrong.  :)



And I'll leave you with my favorite onomatopoeia of all times - THWIP!  Extra credit points for any teacher that can leave in the comments what makes that noise.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Writing Wednesday: Random Dialogues

Today's assignment will be a Random Dialogue.  Here is how we will do it:

First, on your paper or computer, write down four numbers between 1 - 10.  They can be the same numbers. 

Got them?  Now, scroll down below the picture and you will find that your first number will be the first character.  The second number will be the second character.  The third will be the setting and the fourth will be the subject of the dialogue.



First Number - Character number one
  1. a mom
  2. a kid
  3. an alien
  4. a dog
  5. a rich man
  6. a grocery store owner
  7. a soldier
  8. a baby
  9. a superhero
  10. a vampire
Second Number - Character number two
  1. a dad
  2. a teenager
  3. the President of the United States
  4. a cat
  5. a poor woman
  6. a cowboy
  7. a spy
  8. a wizard
  9. a super villain
  10. a werewolf
Third Number - Setting
  1. morning at the beach
  2. in a grocery store
  3. in the White House
  4. on a city building rooftop
  5. nighttime in a graveyard
  6. on a golf course
  7. by the pool in winter
  8. in a school classroom
  9. in a fast food restaurant
  10. Christmastime in a house
Fourth Number - Dialogue Subject


  1. how much something costs
  2. the latest video game
  3. deciding on where to go for a date (not necessarily with each other)
  4. politics
  5. a dream the first character had last night
  6. what to have for the next meal
  7. character two is not happy about something character one did
  8. character one is excited about something that just happened
  9. a sporting event
  10. a movie they just watched

Now, you decide if they are arguing, being silly, serious, discussing, fighting, happy, etc.  Oh, and you had ten minutes, so no time to think ready...  GO!



O.K., was it any good? awful? just plain silly?  If you typed it, feel free to cut and paste it into the comments section.  You can always do this, no matter when it is you find this blog post.

Happy Wednesday!