Google Docs “Writing to Learn” Activity

I created a fresh Google Docs page with a few prompts, and shared it with all my journalism students. After a few minutes, they started to flesh it out with responses. The different-colored cursors represent where each student was working in the document. The energy level was very high. I delivered a running commentary… “Good call, changing ‘extraneous’ to ‘superfluous,’ Stephanie,” or “Elisa, that was a great idea, introducing the…

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A Shattered Nation Longs To Care About Stupid Bullshit Again

Painfully funny-because-it’s-true satire from The Onion’s original coverage of the 9-11 terror attacks. According to Georgetown University history professor Timothy Schuitt, our interest in stupid bullshit is what makes America great. “The United States is a free country, a strong country, a prosperous country,” Schuitt said. “Many veterans gave their lives so we would have the right to focus our attention and energies on the DVD release of Joe Dirt,…