Prudence dictated to hold off on another great conversation of yesterday: a visit with a local small business honcho about my textbook–our second talk and better than the first. I discussed the sustainability model in composition of Derek Owens, St. John’s University. Basically, we need to get students to write about their environment. Students have a better chance of success with essay prompts that inspire them. Political connotations can range from liberal to centrist to conservative to none. The “too regional” critique I once faced lacks merit because we shouldn’t strive for a generic list of national essay prompts, nor shameless propaganda for the college or avoiding arbitrary censorship by an instructor in a persuasive essay.
I showed him my off-the wall account of a talk called, “Remedial English Meets Stand-Up Comedy,” where I crafted a narrative around funny model grammar sentences. Topics covered include the generation gap, stories of friends and cats, teachers being more bookish, asthma issues, and more. Student engagement is essential for textbooks, so one should try to be funny and have good illustrations. I used flickr, a branch of yahoo, when I finally illustrated my copyrighted, unpublished Developmental English/Writing textbook.
I sent the honcho links to my composite chapter of published articles, annotated link page of 11 with all chapters represented and another with seven, plus some persuasive (hopefully) rhetoric.
Now I’m jammin’ to Bobby Womack on Spotify. He passed away in July 2014 like James Garner, so I’m getting misty-eyed while occasionally singing along.