Coming Together, Keeping Together, Working Together

Susie Norton

WB-497I found this poster on a cycling site called WheelBrothers.com; but actually, this quote is attributed to Henry Ford, an American industrial giant.  I love this image because it really symbolizes this week’s doctoral collaborative project in which we had to create an online class or learning module.

First, let me address the inspirational quote.  As an excellent example of parallel structure (English teacher here!), the quote takes three verbs (coming, keeping, working) and turns them into nouns, AKA gerunds.  Why is this significant? The actions double as the subjects of each sentence, adding extra layers of emphasis and significance.  In other words, the reader is not instructed to just come together, keep together, and work together.  Instead, it is the recipe of three ingredients – THE coming together, THE keeping together, and THE working together – that builds a strong and successful collaborative group.  Depending on the group and/or…

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