Category Archives: Planning

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: Homer’s Odyssey

Introduction/Background to Ancient Greece & Homer: Odyssey Online: Interactive Learning Experience (Emory University) – Easily adapted to webquest or other assignment. Homer Homepage (Georgia Perimeter College) – Collection of very useful background links. Odyssey Units: Jim Burke’s Odyssey Unit Materials … 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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Teaching: Age of Reason Unit (American Literature)

Introduction/Background: The Enlightenment Brief historical background of Enlightenment, including lesson plans using excerpts from English thinkers (Hobbes’ The Leviathan and Locke’s Of Civil Government) and French Philosophes (Montesquieu’s The Spirit of Laws & Rousseau’s The Social Contract). Comparing Hobbes and Locke … Continue reading

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Review: What It Is by Lynda Barry

Master cartoonist Lynda Barry gives us an unforgettable memoir/creative workbook brimming with breathtaking collages that merge paint, ink, and word. This unforgettable work delights the eye and inspires the imagination to movement. Rather than tell, she shows the power of images to speak to and … Continue reading

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Building Class Connections and Managing Partners

Wandering somewhat aimlessly, I stumbled onto this excellent collection of team-building activities. I always strive for the ideal of creating a genuine sense of class community. It can be tough. I try to work on team-building activities early in the semester or year to help students … Continue reading

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