Category Archives: Reading Resources

Illustrations for Educational/Presentational Uses

Whenever creating a presentation, I  always spend too much time locating visuals I feel comfortable using to accompany my presentations’ main talking points. The central challenge here usually lies in finding something both high-quality enough and free. My current project, coding a … Continue reading

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Lesson Idea: Art and The Odyssey

I could have put this in the “Teaching the Odyssey” post, but this delightful discovery (new to me!) warrants its own space. From reading Sophocles, I jumped to August Wilson these past couple days. From there I ran into his “four B’s” 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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Review: The Quitter by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel

Writer Harvey Pekar, of American Splendor fame, narrates a gloomy but realistic memoir, depicting scenes of his coming-of-age, the son of Polish Jew grocers, in the racially-charged, post-World War II climate of Cleveland, Ohio. Dean Haspiel provides expert illustrations to the scenes of alienation and drudgery which … Continue reading

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Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series first appeared on my radar via Appalachian Studies friends excited about the first book opening in a place called District 12. Set in a not-too-distant, but plenty dismal post-American future, District 12, once known as the Appalachian region, lies on the outskirts of … 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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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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