No writing time
thanks to Endicott College students. My English Comp students don’t know how to write sentences and I don’t know how to talk to them about sentences as I have lots of complex feelings and ideas about sentences. Their feelings are not so complex. They just don’t want to write them, let alone string them together into paragraphs. I understand not wanting to talk about sentences. Grammar used to sail over my head when I was a student. But it is harder for me to understand not wanting to write. I wrote instinctively. They text instinctively. A good thing, I guess, since, after all, they are writing, albeit with curious abbreviations and emblems. As for me, now, I am interested in usage issues. For instance: “since” vs. “as” — when should we use one and not the other? What happens with adjectives when paired with helping verbs? Don’t worry. I don’t mention these niceties to my suffering students. Today I found myself reading, yes reading, one of those Composition handbooks, the kind that has sections entitled commas and APA Citations. The kind I never opened in high school.