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.