Category Archives: Public Education

Review: Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada

Canada, Geoffrey, Illus. Jamar Nicholas. Fist Stick Knife Gun. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010. Continuing a personal quest through contemporary graphic novels exploring anti-heroic themes, I picked up this graphic memoir about social activist Geoffrey Canada’s growing up in the streets of … Continue reading

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Non-Fiction in New English Language Arts Common Core

In addition to increased attention on incorporating digital media into the English Language Arts curriculum, the new Common Core Standards place special emphasis on non-fiction. In a recent New York Times editorial, English teacher Sara Mosle explores the resistance expressed … 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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English Language Arts GACE Test

So, I can’t help but notice that the majority of my visitors come here frantically searching for something related to the GACE (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) test.  While my experience of the test was that it was … Continue reading

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Rubrics, oh my!

Last week I made a presentation about rubrics. It basically consists of some tips to keep in mind when creating rubrics, as well as some links that might be useful for considering the criteria that you are looking for when … Continue reading

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