Social Class Reproduction

Four Rules for Teaching Writing:
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Always give writing assignments that

1. you will enjoy reading;
2. students will enjoy writing;
3. students will enjoy reading what others in the class have written
4. you will enjoy writing.

If any one of these conditions were not true, then it probably wasn't a very good assignment.

Advice I give to my students: When your words surprise you, you know you are writing.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Interspecies Love

This entry is about as personal as an entry can get. My dog, Ali, died today. He had cancer. I loved him more than anything. I have marveled at inter-species love. Actually, I marvel at love. I would have climbed up on the cross for Ali. I can't sleep tonight, because all I can do is think of kissing him good-bye and telling him I loved him.


  1. Oh Irv! I am so very sorry to read about your sweet dog. It's so horrible to lose a pet and only last week I was remembering my favorite cat who died in 2011--and how I wonder if I've *really* moved on after all. My condolences to you and to all who loved Ali. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss. ... Your old friend, Debra

  2. Irvin, I am so very sorry about Ali. I am thinking about you during this difficult time-Gail

  3. I am so sorry for your loss, Irv.

  4. Thanks, Jennifer, Gail, and Debra. Many people loved Ali.

  5. Great article. A few tips & tricks I knew and some that I will be trying out and sharing with clients.
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