Category Archives: English Teachers

Teaching: Antigone

Introduction to Greek Theatre & Antigone: Tufts University’s Perseus Digital Library “The Development of Athenian Tragedy,” excerpted from Thomas R. Martin’s An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander. Dr. Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics at Temple University’s … Continue reading

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Teaching Organization: Notebook Checks

No doubt because of my perpetual struggles to remain organized, I believe we owe it to our students to teach organization skills. Long after they have left us and likely forgotten 90% of the particulars of our disciplinary subject matter, they … Continue reading

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Teaching: Modernism and Harlem Renaissance Unit (American Literature)

Introduction/Background: Dr. Paul P. Reuben’s (CSU Stanislaus) Early Twentieth Century – American Modernism Introduction Valuable introduction to American Modernism, including their common characteristics, attitudes, tensions, literary achievements and themes. Touches modern sense of self and complex relationship between Modernism and “New Negro … Continue reading

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Smagorinsky’s Virtual Library of Conceptual Units

Though I never took a class with Peter Smagorinsky, he visited our pre-service teaching cohort at least once. I remember feeling a profound awe and respect for his enormous contributions to the field of ELA Education and UGA’s English Ed program. So, … Continue reading

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A more visual English Language Arts

Some of us remain ever blind to our need to incorporate art and image into our curriculum. Though Homer worked in the written word, he came from an oral tradition that understood the importance of helping one’s audience visualize the setting, the … Continue reading

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For those teaching American Literature, British Literature, and more . . .

I’ve updated (11/03/2012) to remove broken links to old QCC-based lesson plans and direct educators to the current CCGPS-based units in American literature. There are four thematic units in all, but you will also find unit, assignment, and assessment ideas for … Continue reading

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Beginning the Year Ice Breaker and Student Interest Sheet

Penetrating the summer haze… breaking the ice One of my favorite icebreakers is a listening activity called “The Wright Family Vacation.” Many years ago, I stole it from an English teacher who wrote a now defunct blog called Redkudu. Even she did not … Continue reading

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