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A Short Analysis of Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’

A summary of a classic poem

There was a time when every schoolchild could quote lines from Thomas Gray’s poem ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’, since it was a popular poem to be taught, learnt by rote, and analysed in schools in Britain. 2,222 more words


Teaching Native Son by Richard Wright, Part Three

The third part of my post on teaching Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, is up at Method to the Madness: Creating Critical Thinkers through the Study of Literature… 15 more words

A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin's 'Essential Beauty'

A reading of a classic poem about advertising

‘Essential Beauty’ (1962) is one of several poems Philip Larkin wrote about the gulf between advertising and the real world. 610 more words


Practicing Predicting with PURPOSE

How important is it to teach kids to be predictors? Adults often forget that predicting takes time.  It comes more naturally for some students than others.  204 more words

Thoughts on Mark Sullivan's "Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel"

“Music. Wine. A cigar. The small luxuries of life are how we survive what the mind can’t fathom.”

Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel… 1,190 more words
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Project 3: Ways of saying and seeing

Close Reading

A close reading is the analysis of a poem or an extract of prose in fine detail. Each reader’s close reading is unique; it’s about your response to the text as a reader more than the writer’s intentions in the writing.

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A Summary and Analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado’

A commentary on a classic Poe story

‘The Cask of Amontillado’ is one of Poe’s shorter classic tales. It was first published in 1846 in a women’s magazine named… 1,102 more words