S: SOLIOQUY 2012
FC: Ms. Hassler's Soliloquy
1: To grade or not to grade | By Carol Hassler March 2012
2: To grade or not to grade--that is the question: Whether 'tis better for me to watch The drama and laughter on my flat screen, Or to take a purple pen to the papers And, by marking, finish them. | To grade, to watch-- No more--and by grading to say I face The scoring guides and note cards That each paper brings-- 'Tis a situation Fervently to be avoided.
5: To view, to watch To watch, perhaps too long. Ay, there's the catch, For in watching the telly too long what problems may come When I am avoiding papers Must make me pause. That's the situation That makes viewing such a calamity.
6: For who would face the Renaissance papers, The parenthetical notation, The works cited page, The errors in embedded quotes, The comma splices, The use of 'very' And the misspellings That students make on every paper When she herself might instead sing along With American Idol?
9: Who would grade for hours, To read and comment on each paper, But that the dread of facing Red 2's whines, The disappointed looks from White 1 And the sarcastic comments From Red 4 Makes me face the papers I have left Rather than sit and watch an episode of Psych?
10: Thus guilt does make evaluators of us all, And thus a new episode of Revenge Is turned off with the handy remote, And I pick up my mighty pen Then delve into intros and body paragraphs And miss my shows to grade.