Category Archives: Secondary Education

Allusion A Day

The Doc, one of my favorite English teacher bloggers (see The Doc is In, blogroll on right), recently posted about how he addresses the declining cultural literacy of current high school students. He introduces his students to cultural literacy using E.D. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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