Today’s prompt was suggested by Ann Garcia, another “reformed” English teacher. Her prompt: Write a poem about grading homework.
A Single English Teacher’s Lament
Two periods of composition
have put me in a bad position.
With class size swelled to 38,
no longer have I time to date,
for teaching all to write a thesis
means my workload never ceases.
Each weekend I take home a pile
to check and grade and reconcile.
To try to sort them out is hard—
each sentence shuffled card by card.
Each comment must be made with tact,
their logic looked at fact by fact.
Each student had to write just one.
Now handed in, their toils are done.
While I have 76 to grade,
and now regret assignments made.
How many more? I have to ask,
imprisoned by this grading task.
I have created my own repentance.
I gave myself the thesis sentence!
Thesis: noun: thesis; plural noun: theses
- 1. a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved.”his central thesis is that psychological life is not part of the material world”
- 2. a long essay or dissertation involving personal research, written by a candidate for a college degree.”a doctoral thesis”
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