Friday, March 29, 2013

English 101 and Your Summer Plans

Dear Seniors:

Recently, I have received emails from parents inquiring about what their child can do in order to prepare for college writing.  I shared with your parents that you should take ENG 101/102 at the local community college and/or the university of their choice.  College writing can sometimes be a harsh reality.  For the past 17 years, I have taught Freshman composition; I am extremely acquainted with the, "Dr. Cobb, I earned nothing but "As in high school (English).  HOW can you give me a "D" on this paper?  Did you even read it?" 

If you perform well in the course, the grade can transfer to the university of their choice.  If the grade is poor, this will allow you to be introduced to your  writing strengths/weaknesses at the college level.

Do take the course in person rather than online.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post a comment or ask me in class.

Let the graduation countdown BEGIN!!!

Hippity Hop!

Dear Students:

I am wishing both you and your family a WONDERFUL Easter weekend!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Celebrating DIFFERENCE!

Dear Students:

Recently, I was moved to consider writing a post regarding the need to celebrate difference.  As young adults, you will find yourself realizing that not everyone looks nor acts like you.  You cannot take for granted that everyone's parents are married; each parent is married to someone of the opposite sex, etc . . .  Also, realize that our nation is composed of individuals who embrace alternative lifestyles.

I am requesting that you CELEBRATE change.  Celebrate and TOLERATE difference!  If you see these differences, do not succumb to laughter and gossip.

Go Thunder!

Friday, March 15, 2013


Dear Students:

I hope that you are enjoying your Spring Break.  Indeed, you deserve it!   :)

I would like for you to take a moment and read the following article:,,20681679,00.html

Dr. Constantino's Access Books emerged from her dissertation.  She focused upon the impact that luxury has on children.    Each of you are aware of the importance of literacy to me.  I have shared with you about my family's history with illiteracy and the importance of education to my relatives.

This Spring, as your mother says, "Go into that room and CLEAN OUT that closet!," I would like for you to comb through your bookshelves.  Ask yourself the following questions:

* Which of these books impacted me?  How would these same books transform the lives of others?
* Why should I donate books?
* How would my life be different if I had not been exposed to the library? Parents who could afford to take me to Barnes and Noble?

GIVE BACK.  Throughout Ahwatukee, there are bins to donate books.  You can also donate books to the Phoenix Public Library.

Speaking of books, did you read anything over break?  Currently, I am reading The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.  It is a decent, Dr. Cobb-needs-to-escape-from-reality-with-a-capital-R read.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday!