By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Response By Gretel Dougherty 3.27.17 Angels are often portrayed as merciful heavenly beings capable of magic and linked with God. However, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez shows that perception and reality may be very different. The story is so abstract with so many elements…Read more A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Response By Gretel Dougherty 3.8.17 In a study by the College of William and Mary, researchers found that creativity scores among children (based on the Torrance Test) rose until 1990, when they began a steady decline. There are many things that influence creativity in children but perhaps the most glaring change was the invention…Read more Beneficial Boredom
By Gish Jen Response By Gretel Dougherty 3.23.17 Who’s Irish by Gish Jen is a story about immigrants, about differences in culture and about how sometimes it is hard to make change. A mother and her child in America run into constant conflict with the Grandmother of the family, who tries to impose the…Read more Who’s Irish?
Gretel Dougherty 12.7.2016 Analyze a news-based tweet that states a claim based on its source and validity. Use at least one additional source to evaluate the tweet’s validity. https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/806687249173712896 Telling real news from fake news is a big issue in today’s world. New sources that aren’t credible keep popping up. Since the internet…Read more Telling Real News From Fake News
By Jerome Bixby Response by Gretel Dougherty 11.1.16 Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to writing but sometimes it becomes clear whether or not a story is good writing. It is rare that writing is interesting and good but not thought provoking, because as with any other type of art, it is meant…Read more It’s a Good Life
By Sherman Alexie Response By Gretel Dougherty 10.25.16 Every Little Hurricane by Sherman Alexie uses the metaphor of hurricanes to represent a fight between his uncles and the more overarching issues surrounding the Spokane Indian Reservation. A hurricane is the best way to describe the experiences of native people in the United States. Rain and…Read more Every Little Hurricane
The Story of Seven Boys and One Grizzly By Derek Burnett Seven high school students were near the end of their month-long survival course in the Alaskan wilderness, but the real schooling began when they came face to snout with the wildest thing of all. Response by Gretel Dougherty 11.17.16 For many thousands of years,…Read more Bear Attack