Green Pants…

Originally posted on Javaris A. Snell:
The time is 2:29pm. The date is August 26th, 2013. In walks a young woman, she appears to be in her late twenties or early thirties. As she walks by I can’t help but notice she’s wearing green pants. As I focused on the fact that this particular female is wearing green pants, I hear “GOOD AFTERNOON YOUNG SCHOLARS!”… Continue reading Green Pants…

I Itch When I’m Restless: A Response to Natalie Goldberg

The link below leads readers to a 10-minute freewrite that I composed with my Improving Writing class at Florida A&M University.  In  Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg asks readers to discuss a time that they itched, and most days after teaching my freshman composition class wherein most students are usually disconnected from everything but their cellphones, I find myself itching to write poetry, … Continue reading I Itch When I’m Restless: A Response to Natalie Goldberg

On FAMU Students Sharing Their Poverty

I cried today.  And although I often cry, I have never cried in front of the students I teach.  But today I cried—for them.  For their experiences.  For their struggles.  For their triumphs.  Today I cried in honor of and respect for their personhood. Today students silently read Jo Goodwin Parker’s 1971 essay “What Is Poverty?” They were required to engage in a 10-minute freewrite … Continue reading On FAMU Students Sharing Their Poverty

Goldberg’s Test II: “I Remember”

In  Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir, Natalie Goldberg gives readers first response practice via mini tests sporadically placed throughout her text.  Test questions require three minutes of thoughtful first responses, for according to Goldberg, first responses are the most honest, and therefore, creative and engaging.  My response to her Test II are below.     1. Mrs. Raffa, my third grade teacher at Miami Lakes … Continue reading Goldberg’s Test II: “I Remember”

Contemplating Dying: My Apologies to Natalie Goldberg, For I Found Myself Wanting Death

A Note to Readers: The blog entry below is a response to Natalie Goldberg’s writing prompt “Die” taken from Old Friend from Far Away:The Practice of Writing Memoir.  Improving Writing students were rquired to spend 10 minutes of non-stop writing in reponse to a prompt of their choice; I blogged with them. After class, students were required to re-read their freewrites–to thoughtfully examine their content–and then to rewrite (or … Continue reading Contemplating Dying: My Apologies to Natalie Goldberg, For I Found Myself Wanting Death