you wouldn't believe how much i stress to my students the concepts of literacy. i really stress information literacy as it relates to the Internet (e.g., efficiently finding valid information and determining bias, etc.), but i am continually amazed at how hard it is to grasps basic literacy concepts. in fact, i have an activity pointing to a racists website for MLK Jr. and i have many students who think it's appropriate for use in the k-12 classroom as a resource on MLK Jr. -- they fail to recognize the overt racism. like you said, they "really do no know how to read very well."<br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
I'm going back to college to refresh my understanding of the difference between phonetics and phonics.<br><br>Oh, and also to study the fundamentals of knots and knows.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]And I'm the one that jaded you . . .</font color=blue>
Man, good thing the VP running the company here doesn't have a single degree. If she did, all of us 50+ employees would be doomed. I guess it's also a reason not to hire any qualified employees under her too. Now it all makes sense!<br><br>_________________________________________<br>Just a different kinda geek...
_________________________________________ "The United States is by far the largest exporter of weapons in the world, selling more weapons than the next 14 countries combined."
SRA's were those plastic reading things that sat over on the radiator in elementary school right? They were color coded and getting to the white level was the coolest. It was probably third grade that I last thought of those. I loved those things. Totally addicted. I wanted to be the first person in the school to finish the entire set through white. This may be where my compulsive behavior first showed up.<br>That and Great Books Club. Other than that the nuns sucked as teachers.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>(__*__)
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Pretty close there, Poly.<br><br>I remembered that Gold was the highest level. They were 2-sided laminated cards in cardboard boxes.<br><br>I was similarly motivated, and there were maybe 4 or 5 of us (all girls, plus me) who were racing through them. Because we zipped through them so easily, we built up tons of time-equity where we could do whatever the hell we wanted while the rest of the class continued working on them.<br><br>
I've worked with a number of young copy writers over the years, and I'd have to say that half of them have very little command over the English language. I want to repeat, these are copy writers who can't write intelligible, salient copy. Poor grammar. No sense of rythm. And no structure whatsoever.<br><br>Sure, in the ad biz, bending and twisting language to create a tone, a mood, a voice, or an attitude can make or break a sales pitch. But ya gotta know how to use language straight out of the bottle before you can effectively mess with it. Yet a lot of these new alleged wordsmiths just have no clue. <br><br>
Very funny. You just described a forgotten part of my childhood down to the four girls plus me. I could even name the four girls. We were all in Great Books and we ate those laminate cards. A drug they were. (So were Laura, Kathy Caroline and Becky.) <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>(__*__)
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>"No sense of rythm."<p><hr></blockquote><p>In no way do I mean to pick on your typo, Steve, but this reminds me of something that happened to me around 3rd or 4th grade that really set my chin against intellectual authoritarianism for the rest of my life.<br><br>Having already related earlier in this thread that I had a pretty strong command of English from an early age, it follows that, along with loving to read, I liked to write. And I wrote tons of poems (of course, they were crappy kid poems) all through my public school career.<br><br>Well, in one of my early English classes we students had a list of topics from which we could choose, and use as the subject material for a 4 stanza, 16 line poem. I chose "Music" because I was also very much into The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, et al.<br><br>In the course of writing this poem, I used the word "rhythmic." My teacher contended that there was no such word, striking points from my grade on that assignment for using it. She never looked it up, and as a kid who was taught to respect the authority of my teachers, never protested or questioned her. It was just a word that I thought was real, so I used it.<br><br>When I later got around to looking it up for myself in our dictionary at home, and found out that it was indeed a real word, that set off a grudge that I held against her until I left elementary school. To this day, if I picture Mrs. Stoner in my mind's eye, I get small body sensation of what I feel like when I sneer.<br><br>
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