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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: 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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Building Class Connections and Managing Partners

Wandering somewhat aimlessly, I stumbled onto this excellent collection of team-building activities. I always strive for the ideal of creating a genuine sense of class community. It can be tough. I try to work on team-building activities early in the semester or year to help students … Continue reading

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Smagorinsky’s Virtual Library of Conceptual Units

Though I never took a class with Peter Smagorinsky, he visited our pre-service teaching cohort at least once. I remember feeling a profound awe and respect for his enormous contributions to the field of ELA Education and UGA’s English Ed program. So, … 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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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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