Monday, September 18, 2017

World Renowned Laurie Halse Anderson Visited Shorecrest

Anderson has just concluded her The Seeds of America trilogy — a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist — about a girl who is born into slavery just before the American Revolution, is promised freedom, and then kept in slavery. The first book won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical fiction.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Library of Congress is Collecting Memes as Folklore.

...one of the most salient features of meme-making is that it tends toward self-reflexivity. Take the example of the distracted boyfriend meme, which recently exploded throughout the Twitterverse. Its early instantiations told simple stories about objects or ideas that catch our eyes when we should be paying attention to something else. As its star rose, however, online wags began using it to comment on the popularity of the meme itself.

This sort of meta-commentary is part of the internet’s lifeblood: a temporary brake on its ever-accelerating pace that encourages us to look back at the terrain we’ve just torn past. When we share such memes, we’re laughing at ourselves, but we’re also striving to make sense of where we’ve been and where we’re going. In that sense, the internet isn’t just a venue for the creation and circulation of folklore; it’s also a proving ground of folklore studies, with or without the imprimatur of academic authority. Hence the Library of Congress’ decision to include sites such as Know Your Meme, which as Blank puts it, “bring the focus onto what folklore is all about.” Slate Magazine, Photo Credit

Monday, June 5, 2017

State Maps Give Us Insight — Sort Of?

Did you see this map circulating on Twitter? There are some embarrassing insights:
Why are so many Rhode Islanders trying to spell "liar"? How can it be that people in New Jersey can't spell "twelve"? And really, New Mexico: "banana"?
Perplexingly, the word for which Wisconsinites most often need spelling help is: "Wisconsin." NPR
Don't get too alarmed — the map below points out (with humor) to consider the information offered in a different light. xkcd.com


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Read Books You Hate?? Yes!

It’s about finding a book that affronts you, and staring it down to the last word.
At a time when people are siloed into narrow sources of information according to their particular tinted worldview — those they follow on Twitter, the evening shoutfest they choose, AM talk radio or NPR — it’s no surprise most of us also read books we’re inclined to favor. Reading is a pleasure and a time-consuming one. Why bother reading something you dislike?
But reading what you hate helps you refine what it is you value, whether it’s a style, a story line or an argument. NY Times   Illustration credit Matt Chase

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

We Have A Winner!

The golden pencil rolled out of the pencil dispenser on May 2. Balloons dropped, confetti flew, horns trumpeted and our lucky SC student won a free print card.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

High School Student Power

In Kansas, a student newspaper is being praised for its hard work in reporting that Pittsburg High School's newly hired principal had seemingly overstated her credentials. The principal, Amy Robertson, has now resigned, after the paper found she claimed advanced degrees from Corllins University, an entity whose legitimacy has been questioned. NPR
Those teenagers were able to do that work because of a state law enacted in 1992 that offers K-12 students protection, in addition to the First Amendment, from administrative censorship. But not all student journalists in the country have such protection. Washington Post

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Take a Learning Myths Quiz

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.

Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.
Got a minute? Go to NPR and take their learning myths quiz. You might be surprised and learn more effective studying techniques. Image from Boston Globe