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Just so y‘all know, I’m a college English/theatre professor with lots of writing to grade.  On a semi-regular basis, I’ll be posting student bloopers here—not to ridicule, but to vent.  I reckon, better to laugh/scream here than to do it in front of the students, right?

So here’s the latest gem, from an essay exam over Gothic literature:

“There are many aspects to writing in the Gothic form, dark and dreary mood, damsels in distress, and of course the emotion raising violent passions of one onto another.”

Oi vey...

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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 11, 2010
    • Student bloopers aren’t so bad.  At least they are in school learning and you can correct them.  Have you noticed the number of people who blog and post regularly on the internet that have NO Concept of grammar or sentence structure?



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 11, 2010
    • I agree with you, Tuliplady. My husband has 400 students in his school says he sees evidence of this every day. He also stresses to the kids that the anonymity of the internet is a problem. The kids are less motivated to communicate verbally. Parents at the school complain that they have to text their kids to communicate; they don’t check their phone messages anymore.

      What school to you work for LuAnn? We send a lot of students to Washington State after graduation.



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      LuAnn Venden wrote Mar 11, 2010
    • Oh yes, Tuliplady, I notice and cringe regularly—occupational hazard!  And they may be in school...but when you correct the same student multiple times for the same problem—it’s daunting.  tongue out

      Cynthia, I’m at a small private college in the very southeastern corner of the state: as far from Seattle as you can get and not be in Oregon or Idaho.



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      LuAnn Venden wrote Mar 12, 2010
    • Nope, not you!  For one thing, you’ve punctuated “y‘all” (one of my favorite words) correctly!



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