Did anyone else in our English teacher tribe get goosebumps last night when President Obama evoked our favorite Maycomb attorney in his farewell address to the nation? Continue reading

Maybe it’s the former journalist in me (in third grade, I knew I’d be Lois Lane when I grew up), but I’m hooked by narrative non-fiction. Tell me that a story really happened and I’m with you ‘til the very last page. So when Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken winked at me as I tore away the Christmas […]

Maybe it’s just because I’m starting the Moderns unit with my juniors tomorrow, but The Great Gatsby has been all up in my face this weekend. First broke the news that Snooki – let’s just “loosely” describe her as a reality T.V. star – channeled her inner Daisy Buchanan yesterday during her Gatsby-themed wedding to […]

On the surface, Washington Irving’s piece of American folklore, “Rip Van Winkle,” has absolutely nothing to do with today’s teens. Written in 1819, it’s a story of an old guy with a shrew of a wife who takes a 20-year nap in the woods, sleeping through the entire Revolutionary War. My students aren’t old, aren’t […]

Before teaching the five major movements of American literature, it’s important to hook students’ attention with a visual summary of the important elements and philosophies that marked the distinct eras of Colonialism, Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. (The hallmarks of Post-Modernism/Contemporary Lit. have proven to be a bit harder to nail down since experts can’t seem […]