Thursday, September 13, 2007

How to Read Literature like a Professor

I love this book! Do you share this love of How to Read Literature like a Professor? Which chapter (or chapters) of Professor is your favorite and why? Least favorite and why? Which has had the most impact on your understanding of literature overall? Why? Comments? Suggestions?

Sunday, July 8, 2007

NWP of Acadiana Summer Institute 2007

This summer 14 brave participants along with 4 courageous leaders (and one absent secretary Lilian) engaged in 5 weeks of writing, writing, and more writing... well there were edibles, field trips, and demonstrations involved, but mostly writing, or thinking about writing, or reading about writing, and now just plain dreaming about writing. We're almost finished with one week left to go. Parting is such sweet sorrow!

Summer Institute 2007 participants:
L to R, bottom row
Vaschella, Coty, Jill, Evangeline
middle row
Tanya, Nettie, Catherine, Traci, Karen, Amber, Chrissy, Alli (in-between in green)
back row
Joan, Anna (in black with necklace), Toby, Christy, Tasha, Michelle

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Abandoned Poem

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Abandoned poem

I am so excited because this past weekend I was told that I will be part of the Acadiana Writing Institute this summer. I will spend 5 weeks learning new and innovative techniques to enhance my personal writing, my students' writing, and my dept.

Coaching Day was this past Saturday and one assignment I completed was to create a first person free verse poem based on a photograph. My poem follows and is based on a similar picture to this one that I found at Wednesday, April 25, 2007

- the original picture that my poem is based on is this scene from a different angle and can be found in the book Eyes of the Storm: Hurricane Katrina and Rita The Photographic Story. My poem is from the perspective of the elderly lady.


I survived another tragedy
She's left me again to death
Yet I continue
assured of one thing --

I know her reasons
I understand her feelings
These hold no comfort as I
traverse this water soaked grave
of doom and devestation

I call to Him
He shall comfort
He shall provide
He shall take away
my feelings of utter despair,
panic, and solitude
He has brought me rescue
and a new family

I will continue as I have --
alive, alone, and assured
Until death takes me
where she wishes
And she shall be mothered
no more.

composed 4/21/2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Get Caught Reading

Look who's been caught reading! Have you been caught reading lately?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Musings about Social Networking

Administrators across the United States are cracking down on what students post in their online social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Other administrators are outraged at such blatant crack downs, censorship, and violations of privacy. Where are the student voices in this conflict? What do students feel should be done about social networking content? Are Facebook and MySpace inherently evil? Could they be used in education for a higher purpose? Is correct student and parent education the key? What are your thoughts?

Educating the school faculty, parent, and student body about the promise and perils of online social networking sites is crucial in building understanding and effective communication. Educating school faculty and administration is a tough task, yet someone has to do it in order to help foster open communication with students. Overreacting is one sure-fire way to get kids to flock to the very sites adults wish they would avoid. Sticking one's proverbial head in the sand will not solve any problems either. In fact, it may escalate the problem as students are left to discover on their own what promises and perils social networking sites offer them. Leaving a student uneducated about both the good and the bad aspects of the internet and social networking sites is like begging a student to drive a car without parent teaching and modeling and a driver education course. Effective education is imperative.

How does one go about this arduous task of educating people that likely do not want to be educated? Start small, talk often, and don't give up. If you reach one person, that person in turn will affect at least one more, and the cycle begins. Most will not come voluntarily to workshops due to ignorance and fear of ridicule. Network like crazy and do not be afraid to say that you do not know something. Share, share, share, and receive opinions and information openly. Take news articles, internet postings, etc. and turn them into teaching moments. Ask students what could have been done differently, ask administrators to assess their initial gut reaction and to critique other reactions by administration across the United States and even the world. You will face some setbacks as students and administrators make choices that you will not agree with personally. Persevere and educate yourself and others further. This can be done. You can do this as a student, parent, teacher, or administrator. YOU make a difference.

How would Huck Finn would fare in today's technologically-savvy society in the face of such ardent controversy?

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Diocesan English In-Service


The presentation and handouts from the March 12, 2007 Diocesan English In-Service can be found on my class wiki here.

Thank you.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


This is Mrs. Chiasson's literature discussion blog. As I begin this blog my goal is to foster an ongoing discussion between all of my students this year beginning with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Rules of this blog:
  • Others will be able to view this blog, so use your best grammar and language.
  • Use only your first name (and last initial when necessary) when posting comments.
  • I will moderate all comments and post appropriate comments only.

I would eventually like to have a discussion about a novel between two schools in different areas of the region, state, or world.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your time with a book!