ENG 101-95 Fall 2013

Online ENG 101 at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor ME, taught by John A. (Don't ever, ever ask!) Goldfine

August 26, 2009

The Five Rules

Wouldn't it be cool if English were a course where you memorized the material, took a test, passed it, and went on with your life? I'd tell you the five rules of good writing, give you a quick quiz, and bang--all done.

Instead, you have to live the darned rules--not take a test on them, but apply them every time you sit down to the keyboard. And some days the five rules might as well be carved on the moon for how easy they are to apply. Other days, the writing gods smile on you and it all happens almost automatically. No way to predict--just have to sit down and start typing....

So, hold up your hand, unlimber your fingers--here come the five rules. (Feel free to comment if you want, but no obligation.)

22 Comments:

Anonymous matthew lee said...

You know, I got a lot out of this. It is a great mnemonic.

January 17, 2008 11:39 AM  
Blogger johngoldfine said...

Did the dogs help?

January 17, 2008 12:00 PM  
Anonymous matthew lee said...

Actually I thought they were pleasantly diverting. You swayed off the topic for a moment to address one and then at the end made a point. They seem very sensitive to changes in their environment. For instance noticing the shift from conversational to instructional in your voice.

January 18, 2008 12:16 AM  
Blogger mbires33 said...

Exceptionally fun ,yet very effective. I really think I may actually enjoy your class.

August 25, 2008 5:40 PM  
Blogger johngoldfine said...

We aim to please, mbires33--or do you really just like the dogs?

August 25, 2008 7:16 PM  
Blogger Burke N. said...

Very good john. I think all your dogs together might weigh as much as my knucle head chocolate lab. Thanks for saving us from the normal monotone lectures!

September 14, 2008 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Megan Z said...

Alone in my quite room with my computer screen glowing. Alone, not likly, My Fiancé and I share a room and have been for the last year. As for just the computer screen glowing, I don't think so. The computer is on with a the game Age of the Empires or on the internet. The T.V. is on with NCIS or a playstation game on. So as for being alone not likey and its not going to be quite.

January 16, 2009 11:36 AM  
Blogger johngoldfine said...

Whoa, megan--this goes under week 1 prompts....

January 17, 2009 6:57 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

It's been 6 years since my last English class. I got a tremendous ammount of useful information out of the "The Five Rules" video. I will not remember the five rules right after seeing the video once, just because that is how I learn.

August 31, 2009 3:12 PM  
Anonymous stevebennettjr said...

Thank you for that. I thought this would my hardest class, but I feel more confident now. Do you have five rules for spelling? I was the kid with that second grade teacher.

January 21, 2010 5:26 PM  
Blogger johngoldfine said...

Sorry, steve--English spellling is wide open, no rules.

January 22, 2010 10:02 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

You know John, I went to college way back (oh, god I have to change that), well, I graduated in 1988. I have only been with you for one week and I can honestly say, " I get more from your way of teaching than I ever have."

January 25, 2010 11:18 PM  
Anonymous brenda said...

Thanks for the pep talk. I found your five rules very interesting and to the point.

January 27, 2010 10:32 AM  
Blogger johngoldfine said...

thx, tori!

January 31, 2010 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Shane M. said...

Good video, very entertaining. I'm the guy missing fingers. Acutally just most of my ring finger. Wait, does that mean I get a free pass on the faith and hope rule?

August 31, 2010 10:42 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very good way to remember the rules, and the video makes it all the better. It was interesting to see your dogs.

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