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Check out these reading responses!

A few posts ago I wrote about shaking up how we ask students to write in response to texts–creating hall of fame posters, designing two-page layouts for trade books, and writing letters. 519 more words

Teaching With Informational Texts

A Close Reading of Cecily Cardew

A/N: A Close Reading of the character of Cecily Cardew in Ocar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest. If anyone is interested in reading the play, it can be found online for free. 1,690 more words

Academic Essays

Thoughts on 'Lusus Naturae' by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress is one of the best short story collections I’ve read. The strangest story in the collection is called ‘Lusus Naturae’, which is Latin for ‘freak of nature’. 412 more words

Margaret Atwood

LOVE SONGS: Rebecca Sugar’s Queer Melodies and Metaphors

In late November of last year, the adults behind the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic cartoon Adventure Time attempted to revitalize the show with an eight-part miniseries entitled “Stakes.” The main series revolves around Finn and Jake—an idealistic child knight who may be the last human on Earth and his adoptive brother, a magical talking dog—but “Stakes” transfers the spotlight to one of the show’s most complex supporting characters: Marceline, a thousand-year-old vampire frozen in a state of perpetual teen angst. 3,496 more words

Teaching The Awakening + One Speed Writing Exercise

I’ve been teaching Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899) in the Intro to Writing About Literature course for two years, and I’ve found it fits a shorter paper assignment better than it does a research paper (you can read my writing prompt for the short paper… 1,164 more words

Close Reading Homework

For Tuesday 26th April, please complete the questions on these two sheets:



National 5

Ozymandias: The Poem We Teach and the Poem Shelley Wrote

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. 2,911 more words