Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Merry Christmas!!!!  I hope that Santa brought y'all some BOOKS and Post It Notes (Freshman Honors Students, especially).


Dr. Cee

Monday, December 3, 2012

Extra Credit Book Review: Guidelines

Dear Students:  

For your extra credit book review, you are to follow the guidelines located at:  

You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is IMPORTANT: Self-confidence

Dear Students:

Happy Monday!  I apologize for neglecting my blog.  I have been extremely busy.  Yesterday, I heard an important message.  The orator discussed the importance of placing a "watch" on our mouth. He asked his audience to quit saying negative things about themselves.  Oftentimes, we fall into that trap due to disappointments regarding employment, school, family, relationships, etc . . .   We need to spend time saying, "Despite these obstacles, I am a wonderful person."  This made me think of the scene from my favorite film, "The Help."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H50llsHm3k  Please remember that you IS kind.  You IS smart, and most definitely, you IS IMPORTANT!

Your final exams are 1.5 weeks away.  Please study during your "down" time.  For my class, your test is comprehensive.  Freshman, it is imperative that you begin preparing for the final.  Start reviewing your notes and creating a study guide.

You may also be interested in the following information:



Should you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. My office hours are located on the course policies and procedures handout. I am also available after school M/W from 3:30-5pm.

Extra Credit:  Freshman and Seniors, your EC assignment is due no later than December 10th.

Go Thunder!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Freshman Honors English Extra Credit Project

Dear Freshman:

Please review your extra credit assignment:

Freshman Honors English Extra Credit Assignment

You are to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

1.      Respond to any initial blog post RE: the EC project (from me).  Your comments need to be a minimum of 25-30 words.
2.    Write an online book review – www.amazon.com Length:  300 words  Specific instructions regarding the structure of your book review will be given at a later date.
4.      Post your book review on your blog.
 5.      Submit (hard copy):
·        Your responses to my blog entries (A Word document of this information is fine).
·        A copy of your blog post (of your book review).
·        A copy of your online book review (from Amazon)

Due:  December 10th
Points:  30

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Read Closely and Carefully: The Importance of Identifying and Interpreting Significant Quotations

Dear Students:

This year, you have found yourself taking several English quizzes/examinations that contain quotations.  You are asked to identify the speaker and discuss the quotation's relevance to the assigned text. A significant number of you struggle with these types of tests.  Please review the following Powerpoint Presentation (PPT).  I ask that you review this information on my Fusion page.


* Pay attention to what you read.  Do not simply go through the motions.
* Identify the passage's speaker, tone, etc. . . What clues help you realize who the speaker is?
* Ask yourself, "How does this quotations pertain to the entire work?

As always, Go THUNDER!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Freshman Extra Credit Opportunity

Dear Freshman:

I have assigned Where'd You Go, Bernadette for your extra credit opportunity.  Y'all know how much I love digital literacy!  Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I read the description for this book:


Additional details regarding this EC opportunity will be provided in class.

Go Thunder!

Monday, October 22, 2012

WHY?!?!?! : Together for a Reason

Dear Students:

Happy Monday!  I hope that you enjoyed Desert Vista's wonderful Homecoming activities.  GO THUNDER!

Yesterday, I heard a wonderful message regarding togetherness. A significant number of students have labeled me as a "difficult" instructor. Personally, I prefer the adjective, challenging.  There is a reason as to why your "steps" have been "ordered" into my classroom.  Take time to reflect upon the following questions:

* What about Dr. Cobb is pushing me to surpass the norm?
* What is the ultimate goal for me being in Dr. Cobb's class?

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Research Process: Helpful Links!

Dear Seniors:

As you work on your informative essay, you may find the following information resourceful:

Questions to consider:

What do you already know about the subject? What makes a source credible?  Do you know how to avoid allowing your sources to speak on your behalf?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Uh, Can I Get Some Extra Credit": Extra Credit - - - A Student's "Venus Fly Trap"

Dear Students:

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend!  Was I missed on Friday?



I would like to discuss the following topic with you:  extra credit.  I go "back and forth" about this topic.  I was a student who benefited from extra credit; however, by the time that I entered college, EC was a thing of the past.  Granted, there were professors who gave me a break; however, I worked for that "break."  In regards to my education, nothing was given to me.

Many high school instructors refuse to give extra credit opportunities.  They believe that EC promotes "vanity grades."  By vanity grades, I mean grades that "look good" and serve as a "conversation piece."


:Parents at a dinner party:"  Why, yes, my son attends ______ High School.  He has a 3.75."

: Students at lunch:"  "I have a 3.75.  I am so smart."

Questions to consider:

* Was the GPA in both situations due to grade inflation (i.e. extra credit), or were the students denied EC and earned their grades?
* Does EC have a place in school's curriculum?

Seniors, how is Life is So Good?  

I look forward to reading your comments!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Stirring the Pot: The Dangers of Putting all of Your BIZNESS on the Internet

Dear Parents and Students:

Please review the following video.

Questions to consider:

1. Parents, are you monitoring your child's Facebook account?  Twitter?
2. Students, are you telling too much of your bizness with so-called friends?

Students, it is mandatory that you respond to this post.  This will count as a homework assignment.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tic Toc: How to Effectively Take Essay Exams

Dear Students:

Please review the following link:   http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml

How do you prepare for essay exams?  Once you receive the exam, how do you begin answering the questions?

You may find this information resourceful:  http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml

Please review tonight's video.

Go Thunder!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Read Books When You Have Sparknotes? : Sparknotes Equals Quicksand

Dear Seniors:

Based on today's lecture, I sense that a significant number of you are reading Sparknotes.com rather than The Canterbury Tales.  Please realize that I am an exceptionally intelligent woman.  If you think that you can squeak through the next week or so by going to sparknotes.com, think again.  As a reminder, I was once a student.  You cannot con the Con Artist.

You will:

1. Not score well on your quizzes or exams if you cheat yourself by solely reading sparknotes.com  Your exams will reflect questions that will require you to read the literary work.  Specific quotations will be needed to support your statements.  In short, plot summary will not work.
2. Not score well on your essay

Recognize that I recognize that you are not reading the text!  :)  Spread the WORD!!!!!!

Go Thunder!

Monday, September 10, 2012

To Strike or Not to Strike. That is the Question: Chicago Schoolteacher's Strike

Dear Students:

Please review the following web link:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/b-cs-chicago-teacher-strike-evaluation-system-looms-201903517.html

Questions to consider:

1. Are these instructors' actions justfied?
2. Should teachers be paid a significant amount of money, or are educators overpaid?
3. How should Mayor Emanuel resolve this issue?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Wax On. Wax Off": You need to FOCUS, Daniel-Son/Danielle-Daughter

Dear Students:

Please review today's video.  It's LONG, yet the message is extremely important.

Yesterday, I saw The Words.  I highly recommend the film.  For those students under 17, see if your parents will take you to see it.  Do NOT inform them that it is mandatory.  The film deals with plagiarism, and I would love to know your sentiments about Rory and his actions.  I haven't been that engrossed in a movie since The Help.  If you have not read The Help, do so.  I will never view chocolate pie the same way.  Hee!  Hee!

Please leave comments regarding the video.  I am interested in reading your thoughts.  My Seniors - - - I want to hear from YOU.

Go Thunder!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The IMPORTANCE of reading

Reading is important.  If you do not read, your writing will remain stagnant.  Daily, I see students struggle with their writing.  When I ask, "Do you read outside of school?," the answer is typically, "NO."

Read the following sentence carefully:  You. Need. To. Read. Period.  Technology has made children lazy.  I will admit it.  Rather than reading books, many students are on Facebook or texting their friends.  I have to point the finger at our society's parents.  We want our children to be on the same page as our international counterparts; however, we are not encouraging our children to read outside of the classroom.    If a child is living in your house, you need to ensure that they are reading.  This should be a daily activity.  Children should not have the option to say, "I don't want to do it."  

I would like to share this article with you:


This weekend, review the following book lists. Please take some time, find a book that interests you, and READ it.  Try to read something aside from paranormal romance (gag).  :)


PS:  I am looking forward to the Ahwatukee Bowl.  I hope to see you THERE!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Can Daddy's Money Get Me Out of THIS Debacle?!": The Harvard Cheating Scandal

Dear Students:

Recently, 125 Harvard students were cited for cheating.  It is the largest cheating scandal that has hit a major university.  Please review the following link:  http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/04/harvard-cheating-scandal-is-academic-dishonesty-on-the-rise/

Is academic cheating on the rise, or has it always been present?  How has the Internet led to the alleged rise?

Go Thunder!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Dear Students:

Happy Labor Day!  I hope that you are not spending the entire day laboring away on your homework.  Go outside and ENJOY. YOUR. DAY.

Dr. Cee

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

If You Cain't Write Good, Then You Cain't Work For Me: Grammar and the Workplace

As my students were taking a vocabulary quiz, I found this article on dictionary.com:   http://hotword.dictionary.com/workplace-grammar/

My sentiments:  YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!  I am amazed by the average American's grammar skills.  Regardless of your profession, you will be required to write.  The excuse, "I don't write well" no longer works.  Years ago, I was amazed by my former colleagues' poor writing skills.  They would send emails to the entire company, and the messages would contain multiple spelling and grammar errors.  It would literally take me 10 minutes to read a five sentence email.

Do you agree with Kyle Wiens, or should he worry about the "bigger fish" that he has to "fry?"

Go Thunder!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"I Cry for TJ! I Cry for the land!": My favorite book

My favorite book is Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  As aforementioned, I attended parochial school from K-12.  I had a hard time during elementary and high school.  I wore thick glasses.  The students bullied me, and I sought refuge at the library. 

During the summer of 1983, I told the librarian, “I would like a book that depicts a little girl who shares my experiences.”  She had me read Taylor’s novel, and I was hooked.  I became Cassie Logan.  I could relate to her racial injustices, because at my young age, I was facing the hardships associated with being “the other.”  I read the entire Logan series, and I thirsted for more. 

Nearly 20 years later, I revisited Taylor’s novels as I developed a topic for my dissertation.  Indeed, my “steps” were “ordered.”  I never thought that I would write a dissertation about a novel that impacted my life.  I spent months analyzing Cassie’s words, her actions, and how double consciousness impacts both black adults and children.  Together, Cassie Logan and I “cried for TJ; we cried for the land.”  Nearly 30 years have gone by since I was first introduced to Cassie.  WOW.   

Please feel free to review my article:


What is your favorite novel?  How often do you reread it?  

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Over 5000 visitors have stopped by Doctor Cee's Corner.  WOO! HOO!!!!  

Today, I had a departmental meeting; I gave a presentation to my colleagues about digital literacy.  I shared my blog/your comments.  My colleagues were elated.  


1. What has been your favorite blog post (to date)?
2. Why is digital literacy important?
3. How has this blog helped you in Freshman Honors/Senior English?

As always, Go Thunder!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"'Are You Like For Reals?'": The Importance of Grammar in Secondary Education

I attended Catholic school from K-12th grade. Recently, my elementary school was demolished.  It made me think of the countless hours that I spent there. The expectations were fierce.  The teachers (some were nuns) ran a “tight ship,” and you did not dare rock their “boat.”  Our parents worked extremely hard.  They were not making six figure salaries, yet they sacrificied and sent us to St. Mary's.  We knew to study hard, "or else."

One of my skills that I will forever thank Sister Margaret for is grammar.  The woman put the “c” in crazy.  She would make us stand for an hour and recite our prepositions; adverbs; etc. . . .  If we did not recite as loudly as she desired, we would have to WRITE grammar rules on SHEETS of paper. 

Years later, I recognized her dedication to the English language.  As discussed in my Freshman Honors course, grammar has been placed on the ‘backburner.’ A significant number of students deem it appropriate to write “IDK” on their exams.  Fortunately, Desert Vista places an emphasis on grammar.  If your grammar skills are poor, there is a strong likelihood that you have problems with writing.  Learn and embrace grammar rules!

I would like to know your sentiments regarding grammar:  Should it be taught in high school, or by 9th grade, students should know that a simple subject needs a simple verb; compound sentences have two or more main clauses; and the list goes on?

Helpful links:

The PPT found on my Fusion Page

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Monday, August 20, 2012


Tonight is Curriculum Night at DV.  I am extremely excited about the opportunity to meet my students' parents.  I sense that a significant number of my learners are worried about what I may to their parents.  Trust me, I will shine a positive light on you.

Be sure to:

* Have you homework prepared for tomorrow's class. Freshman, work on RN #2.
* Seniors - Study for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz

Go Thunder!


Friday, August 17, 2012

"You Better THINK": The Importance of Critical Thinking

Dear Students:

While cleaning my desk, I came across a Mentoring Minds chart.  It is called “Critical Thinking.”  This is one of the major components to having a successful college experience. As Aretha Franklin says, "You better THINK!!!"   My critical thinking skills did not blossom until I took Dr. Alan McKenzie’s “Short Story” course.  He showed me how to ‘dissect’ a novel.  I learned how to question the narrative’s title; character names and development; foreshadowing, and the list goes on.  Reading has never been the same for me.

This year, I am challenging you to embrace critical thinking.  Move beyond the basic journalist questions.  As your critical thinking skills improve, so will your writing.  This chart can be found at MentoringMinds.com. You may also find it at Lakeshore Learning Center (next to my favorite store, Ross).    Be sure to read: 


Get your weekend started by listening to: 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

She's Driving Me Crazy With All Of This Work!!!!!

Dear Students:

Please watch today’s video and review the following information:

Helpful links:



The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Writing Center (online).

Here are some pointers:

·      Sign up for www.dictionary.com’s Word of the Day.  It is free!  Review their vocabulary lists.

·      Take OWL’s interactive quizzes.

·      Try to learn five new vocabulary words per week. 

·      Consider how you can improve your study skills.  Ask your parents and instructors for assistance.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Plagiarism and Boo Boo, the Fool

Dear Students:

Thank you for helping me create a strong start for Week 2.  Freshman Honors - your PPTs are wonderful.  I am glad to see that you are honing your critical thinking skills via our analysis of C.S. Lewis' novel.  Keep up the excellent work.  Seniors - It is good to see that you are taking full advantage of my post-class assistance.  Spread the word.  :)

Please watch tonight's video for announcements.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Monday, August 13, 2012

You've Got Big Dreams?

Dear Students:

THANK YOU for today's class!  It was great to see you begin the Smash process.  I loved watching you get into the "trenches" as you chronicle your first/last year of high school.  I was correct - some of my greatest opposers were the ones who were diligently decorating their Smash cover; placing photos into their book, etc. ..    WONDERFUL!!!!!

During my childhood, one of my favorite television shows was "Fame."  I admired Debbie Allen's role, Ms. Grant.  She was a no-nonsense dance instructor who had faith that her students would achieve FAME.  I had her infamous statement memorized.  Today, I could not help but reflect that I have become Lydia Grant:


Students, "you've got big dreams?"  What are they?  Please share them in your replies to this post.  What are you going to do in order to achieve them?

THANK YOU for embracing blogging!!!  :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

On Your Mark, Get Set, SMASH!!!

Dear Students:

I hope that you had a relaxing weekend.   Please review the following information:

* Seniors - Your Week 2 agenda will be available by Sunday (8pm)
* Freshman - Be prepared to work on your PPT during Monday's class.
* All:  Review my Fusion page prior to Monday's class
* Watch the following video

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Friday, August 10, 2012

"There comes a point when you exhale. Shoop, Shoop."


It has been one whirlwind of a week.  Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my return to work.   Students were extremely excited about their new classes, seeing old friends, etc. . .

The week ended with a lot of frustration.  Many students were feeling overwhelmed due to the large amount of assignments.  I kept telling myself, "Do these kids (both upper and lower classman)  want to go to college?  If so, they need to start embracing these assignments and the assistance that is provided."  College is no joke.  There is no one to hold your hand.  Both Freshman Honors and Senior English is the nice "jolt" of reality that my students need.  At universities, there is not much leeway.  You choose to come to class ill-prepared?  There's the door, and the universities laugh all the way to the bank when you are removed from their class, get a failing grade, and have to repeat the course.   The best example of karma is when students act inappropriately in a college course, drop the class, and later find out that the only person that teaches that particular course, is the person who they disrespected.

Time management is extremely important.  If students create a solid plan, they will make it to the finish line.

I push my students.  I push them hard, because I have high expectations for them.  If it takes them getting mad at me to do the work, wonderful!  ;) My students need to  embrace my challenge, and make some long-term goals.  The only thing that their parents is asking them to do is to excel in school.  That's not hard to do.

Believe in YOURSELF!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"You Mean That Someone Else Has to Blog Aside from ME?!!?": Why Teens Blog

Dear Students:

I would encourage you to read this article.   You will not receive a grade for it.  Instead, I would like for you to read the article for better knowledge regarding teen bloggers:


Please post your comments regarding the article.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blogger.com Tutorial

Dear Students:

You may find the following video helpful:


Go Thunder!

Dr. Cobb

Day 2

Dear Students:

I had a wonderful time during today's class.  Thank you for your participation.  A significant number of you are feeling overwhelmed.  That largely stems from being taken out of your comfort zone.  The work is challenging, yet do-able.  I have high expectations for you, and I am confident that you will meet them.


* What was the highlight of your day?
* What are some of your writing strengths and weaknesses?
* In regards to school, what motivates you?
* Which assignments are you finding difficult?

Teaching high school English is something that I take seriously.  I am extremely concerned about the quality of writing that occurs at the workplace.  My aim is to provide each of you with the skills needed to share your ideas on paper and electronically.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Monday, August 6, 2012


Dear Students and Parents:

We made it!  I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet you.  I hope that you spend some time talking with your parents about your 1st day of school.

This evening, I would like for you to:

* Review the information located on my Fusion page.
* Respond to at least one of my posts.
* Inform your parents about my course's expectations
* Complete your homework AND remember to place the assignments in your folder/backpack.
* Engage in some leisure reading.
* Reflect upon your day.  Be prepared to discuss your 1st day tomorrow in class.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome to Doctor Cee's Corner!

Dear Students and Parents:

Welcome to my blog!  Please review the following video.  Parents, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog.

I am looking forward to having a "thunderous" year!


Dr. Cee