Month: August 2014

Monsters (blank) Box: Preposition training

I forget which web site I read with this advice about using a monster to explain the mysterious part of speech known as a preposition–and a lot of the ideas we brainstormed in class Thursday are not quite prepositions–but it was a helpful exercise.

To explain prepositions, we draw a box (helpfully labeled “Box”) next to a monster (if you don’t like Mike Wazowski, you can try a vampire, a kaiju, or a Hellboy).  Ask the class how they can fill in the blank:  “The monster ______ the box.” 

Many of the initial answers will focus around physical dimensions (“The monster under the box”; “The monster next to the box”; “The monster in the box”; “The monster above the box”), so you then can re-label the box to a more abstract concept, such as time (“Friday”) and try another set of sample sentences (“The monster during Friday,” “The monster on Friday”).

Strunk and White’s grammatically correct song titles

The Pop Culture Happy Hour at NPR had a crossover with fellow show Ask Me Another featuring song lyrics revised around proper grammar–timely, given the first week of composition and literature courses throughout the United States.

(“Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” doesn’t come from Bugs Bunny–it comes from Tom and Jerry.)

H/T Angela Carter for pointing me to the show.

Honors Student Committee presents poet, Ishion Hutchinson, 9/18/2014, 7:00 pm

The Honors Student Committee and the Hannah Kuhn Poetry Foundation are hosting a presentation by poet Ishion Hutchinson, winner of the Pen/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Meringoff Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.

His presentation on Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 PM at Broward College’s South Campus is free and open to the public.