Monday, August 25, 2008

Spare the Gun and Spoil the Child
for the Universal Press Syndicate in July of this year, Chuck Shepherd reported that in May a 30-year-old man was arrested “…after his 8-year-old son told police that his dad routinely shoots him and his brother in the leg with a BB gun if they misbehave.” And in Medford, Oregon a 46-year-old man was arrested in June because he allegedly hit his teenage daughter in the ankle to feign a skating injury. After a doctor prescribed pain medication for the girl, this paragon of fatherhood used it to feed his habit.
Don’t you wonder if there will ever be an end to the ways in which some parents mistreat their children?

Using a Significant Photograph To Inspire Writing
Writing Project Director James Davis asks his students to recall a photograph of some significance to them. Then he asks them to describe the photograph as they remember it. “Who is in the photograph?” he asks. “What are their expressions and stances? What are the important details of the setting?” Davis then asks the students to find the photograph they described and study it carefully before writing about any discrepancies between the photograph as it exists and their memory of it. “Why might these discrepancies exist?” he concludes. “Which version has more to do with truth?”

Hogs Rally To Get Split
You just read another headline to an article that appeared in my hometown newspaper. As you probably know, there are many barbeque restaurants here in my adopted state of North Carolina. Even so, when I read the headline, I wondered why a group of pigs would want to get together to be split. But as I read the article, I discovered that Hogs is a nickname for Warthogs— which is the name of Winston-Salem’s minor league baseball team—and that the Hogs had split a double header with the Kinston Indians. It’s a good thing, I thought, that the Indians hadn’t won, because then I might have read an article that shouted “Indians Scalp Hogs.”

“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”
W.C. Fields, American comedian and actor.
A photograph of a smiling person can inspire students to write an almost unlimited number of compositions ranging from poems to expository pieces. In this photograph, for example, one can’t help wondering what the girl is thinking as she looks into the camera’s lens. And what about the photographer? What has he or she done to initiate the smile? What does the photograph reveal about the relationship between the girl and the photographer?

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