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Representation Matters: The Need for Diverse Authors and Characters in English Language Arts Classrooms

Rationale

“Exposure to other kinds of stories and storytellers will prepare them for the worlds they have yet to encounter, our children look toward a future in which they will be well versed in dealing across linguistic, cultural, and national boundaries or they will be left behind.” -Christopher Myers… 1,941 more words

Education

When Debut Novelists Aren’t Young

Back in November 2014, I posted a piece about authors who wrote their first published novels in their 20s. Now that I’ve aged more than two years, I’m going to turn that topic upside down and talk about authors who wrote their first published novels when much older — in their 40s, 50s, 60s, or even 70s. 758 more words

Harry Potter and American Politics.

Over the course the last several weeks, I have been on a bit of a personal journey, re-reading all of my favorite books and series from my childhood. 140 more words

Politics

Review: Jitney

I am a huge fan of playwright August Wilson; I consider him second only to Tennessee Williams in my reckoning of the greatest American playwrights of all time. 253 more words

Review

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7th 1891-January 28 1960) An author, folklorist, and anthropologist, she is most known for her novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. She grew up in Eatonville Florida, one of the United States first all black towns, and was featured in her work. 44 more words

Black History

Pay the Price


Most days I walk in a thin line
between sleeping and the wake
sway from side to side
almost unconsciously
while at the same time… 118 more words

Christianity

Plus-one

You know Spring is on its way when the days start ending in a slow kind of fade instead of dying abruptly like they do in December. 818 more words

Life