Show, Don't (Just) Tell (updating a handout)

I trimmed out some stale examples and added these examples to my handout on showing and telling. What if your goal were to write about your favorite sport. Telling (No Details)I like many different sports, from skiing to rock-climbing, but when it comes right down to it, I would have to say that ping-pong is my favorite sport. (Snooze. This kind of writing can help you meet a word count,…

Mind – Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits

The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on. For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting,…

American Lit Podcast #4 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (2 of 4)

This is the section of the book where the relationships between the characters start to take solid shape, and Hawthorne makes these points numerous times. When we aim to interpret a literary work, our task has to go beyond listing our emotional reactions, our gut reactions, to the events of the plot or the setting. “The authorities should not have been so harsh with Hester.” “The townspeople are slow to…