Category Archives: Visual Arts

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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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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Review: To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner

Eisner, Will. To the Heart of the Storm. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008. Here I present another graphic memoir deservedly bound for the classroom shelf. The “grand old man of comics” and creator of such legendary comics as … 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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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: 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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