Welcome to Drakalogia - Logia (words) from Mrs. Drakakis's English Classes

Don't ask who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambsk

he's digested, and I've been reading all my life .

~George Seferis, Nobel Laureate

This wiki site is for students in my Honors English 4, CP English 4, and CP English 2 classes to collaborate on our units of study and create an online source of information for class work. This site will be a work in progress and will take time to develop but the interactive collaboration will be helpful with our class discussions.

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Check out some of these actual wiki sites. They are for a variety of purposes, but the underlying concept is that many people are collaborating on the information.


  • Headings, like the one above, should be Heading 2
  • Use a horizontal line under big headings, like the one above, to create organization and style
  • Use Bold to make categories under bigger headings stand out
  • Use bullets to keep lists and links organized
  • Write your own summaries to everything you add to the pages including links, rss feeds, videos, etc.
  • Use appropriate grammar with all work on this wiki including discussions.
  • Use MLA citations when appropriate
  • This site is monitored at all times. Be class appropriate and do not tamper or alter any information.
  • Any person who inappropriately tampers with the information contained on this wiki will lose all credit and be subject to disciplinary action.

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After Deadline

January 27, 2009, 9:46 am

The Chitchat Patrol

By Philip B. Corbett
After Deadline
examines questions of grammar, usage and style encountered by writers and editors of The Times. It is adapted from a weekly newsroom critique overseen by //Philip B. Corbett//, the deputy news editor who is also in charge of The Times’s style manual. This is a fun site to explore!


  • Strong Verbs- March 17, 2009 Strong verbs in the past tense.
  • Language and Disabilities- January 6, 2009
    We should take extra care in references to people with disabilities. Here’s The Times’s stylebook entry...
  • Smoothing the Rough Spots- December 16, 2008
    We walk a fine line with the prose in our news stories. We want to be literate and serious in tone,not chatty or colloquial.

  • Simplify, Simplify- December 9, 2008
    Two weeks ago, I discussed the rules for "restrictive" and "nonrestrictive" relative clauses. (Use "that" for restrictive clauses, providing necessary information; use "which" for nonrestrictive clauses, providing additional but not essential information.)

  • The Right Word- December 2, 2008
    I frequently point out words that we mix up because they sound the same: principle/principal, reign/rein, etc...
  • That? Which? Or What?- November 24, 2008
    A colleague pointed out some recent confusion in our use of "that" and "which" as relative pronouns, introducing descriptive clauses...