Sunday, February 24, 2013


Dear Students and Parents:

Please review the following video.  I would like to THANK YOU for your support.  I am extremely thankful to the Ahwatukee Foothills News.  Not in my wildest dreams did I expect to be featured as the COVER STORY!!!  Ms. Kelly Mixer and Ms. Diana Martinez, THANK YOU.  To David Jolkovski, AFI's wonderful photographer, THANK YOU!!!!!  Mr. Kent Johnson, thank you for your wonderful paper and GREAT STAFF!!!

Go Thunder!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Is Your Compass Broken?: Writing An Effective Thesis Statement

Dear Students:

On Wednesday, I discussed the importance of having an effective thesis statement.  In 1997, I was a 2nd year Masters student at The University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill (TAR HEEL PPPRIDE!!!!).  That year, I began teaching Freshman Composition (aka English 101).  I have always attempted to create catchy phrases, and before I knew it, I informed my students, "A thesis statement serves as a binding contract to your audience. You should see your statement as a compass that navigates your readers from one page to the next.  If your compass is broken, then your audience will be lost."  Please file this statement in your "Dr. Cobbisms" folder. :)  Danny Hoffman, one of my former ASU students, still remarks about the witty statements that I said during our English 301 lectures.

Please review your older writing assignments and note my feedback.  Consider the following questions:

* How often has Dr. Cee stated that my essays lack a thesis statement?
* What problems do I have creating a solid argument?
* Do I brainstorm my thesis statement?

The next post will be regarding MLA documentation.  Freshmen - today's class will partially consist of a lecture pertaining to this topic.


Dr. Cee

Saturday, February 2, 2013

It is a writing weekend for YOU!

Dear Students:

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  It is a writing weekend for YOU!  Please dedicate a portion of this weekend to working on your Jane Eyre/ The Taming of the Shrew/"10 Things" essay.  The clock is a tickin'. . .

Freshman, next week we will spend some time working on MLA documentation.  Please review the following website:

Bookmark this information.

I would like for you to spend some time and answer the following questions:

* How is your writing progressing?  If it is not, what is making it stagnant?

Freshman, it is imperative that you are staying away from!  READ. THE. BOOK.  Once again, READ. THE. BOOK.  A significant number of students are struggling with the weekly quizzes.  Much of this stems from students electing to read chapter summaries than the actual primary text.  Don't con the con artist.  Don't think for a minute that Dr. Cobb did not "cheat" and read Clifs Notes.  My parents's basement is filled with them.    Freshman parents, please do the following on a nightly basis:

* Review Parent Vie.  Keep abreast of your child's progress.
* Ask to see your child's English notebook on a nightly basis.  If you do not see any notes, then ask your learner what s/he was doing in class?  A significant amount of information is conveyed on a daily basis.
* If you are not happy with your student's grades, ask them, "Have you visited Dr. Cobb during office hours?  If not, you need to do so, pronto."

My Freshman know that I only like to see the letter, "C" in my name, not the grade book.   I have much confidence that they can keep their grades in the "A/B" range.

Enjoy the Superbowl!

Go Thunder!