Tag Archives: English Education

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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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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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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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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