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Reading with a Pencil - Even Mark Twain Did It!

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Mark Twain the author of such literary greats as Puddn'head Wilson and Huckleberry Finn was also a humorist and essayist.  His avid reading took him across disciplines as was common in 19th century America and some of his annotations have been featured in an article on "Twain's Viciously Funny Marginalia".

Heaven help John Dryden, the translator of Plutarch's Lives, which, is "Translated from the Greek" into, as Twain annotates, "rotten English . . . the whole carefully revised and corrected by an ass."  As you can see, Twain had some strong feelings about the English language and did not hesitate to talk back to his texts.

On the title page of Saratoga in 1901, Twain renames the volume Saratoga in 1891, or The Droolings of an Idiot.

What do you look for when annotating a text?  Are you summarizing paragraphs in the margin? Are you talking back to the text the way Twain does?

When you talk back to a text you are engaging in critical thinking,…

Let's Change the Anatomy of the World's Top CEOs

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According to the graphic "Anatomy of the World's Top-Performing CEOs" created by Domo the average CEO is a married guy with a receding hairline who has 3.1 children (I feel sorry for that .1 child).

Furthermore he went to some fancy college.  On the other hand, only 29 percent hold an MBA and 61 percent were educated outside of the United States.

Here's a stat that should make you smile, 79 percent were promoted from within; meaning hang in there and you can make your way up the corporate ladder.

Here's another plus.  Many of the top companies are in California.

What's missing?

How old are these guys?  Receding hairlines and 3.1 children implies middle age.  It seems that experience (not just education) has a lot to do with a CEOs capabilities.

What else is missing?

Women.  Only two of the top 100 CEOs are women!

Why in the 21st century do you think there are so few top women CEOs?  Do women dislike being CEOs?  Are women not cut out to be CEOs?  You can'…

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

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That is the question.  Well, apparently not for one high school senior attending an informational seminar for Bowdoin College, the school to which she had applied.

"Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter about her fellow attendees, repeatedly using a common expletive.

"Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions," reported Dean Meikeljohn in "They Loved Your GPA Then They Saw Your Tweets."

And you thought only employers would track such things?

Think about it, if you owned a company or were the Dean of a college wouldn't you want to know what people are saying about your product, company, or college?  Of course, you would.  Would-be employers or colleges don't just Google perspective employees or students, they keep track of their web reputation as well. 

"'We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends the…

MLA Citations

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When you reach college you will be writing a variety of research papers and by the time you reach second year English, your instructors expect that you know how to paraphrase, quote, use in-text citations, and create a works cited page entry in your sleep.

Why is citation important? Plagiarism is one thing that can get your kicked out of college. Your ideas and your writing belong to you. Just like my thoughts and my writings belong to me and Shakespeare's thoughts and writings belong to him. So give credit where credit is due.

Here are a couple of quizzes to test your knowledge:

Click on the link for an In-Text Citation Quiz offered by McGraw-Hill

Click on the next link for a Works Cited Quiz created by McGraw-Hill.

So how did you do? Were you surprised by how much you knew about in-text citations and works cited entries? Or how much you need to learn? Don't worry it's not too late there are all kinds of online resources for avoiding plagiarism. I would also recommend th…