For these past comments on a teacher's blog, I have been reading the work of none other than our very own, Dr. Strange. In fact, I read the blogs that directly pertained to our class. They focused on satire and sarcasm (two of my very favorite literary devices) and plagiarism. We have all heard Dr. Strange's thoughts on these three subjects, but let's reflect. Dr. Strange voices his extreme shock and disgust with his young grasshoppers when some of us (35% to be exact) missed Scott McLeod's sarcastic nature in the blog "Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?" To some, Dr. Strange's critique of his student's lack of understanding might seem a bit harsh. However, sarcasm and satire are very important literary devices to teach children in order to add humor and depth to their creative writing, as well as important devices to know for teachers to deal with their student's attitudes.
Dr. Strange also touches on the subject of plagiarism. If any one of us were under the impression that plagiarism was not something to take seriously, Dr. Strange certainly should have changed our minds with his post and lecture in class. Plagiarism is considered stealing in terms of the law and something the author of the material will rightfully take very seriously. Dr. Strange gives us some great ways to ensure that we will not be charged with this heinous academic crime. Hopefully after reading Dr. Strange's advice, including always putting material quoted from another author in quotes and citing our source, we will be better equipped to avoid any charges of plagiarism. Another idea that could be very useful (and would allow students to dodge accusations at all) would be to get creative! Put someone else's thoughts in your own words! Interpret what the author says and make it your own.