Author Archives: seetedteach

LIT writing vs CRW writing

It’s interesting and sad that these two are so often seen as combatants, rather than as family, extensions of one another, working towards a common good. That said, I’m afraid I fall into the first camp. Nearly every time I … Continue reading

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Get with the Program, English Departments

Get with the program, English Departments In “Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools,” published earlier this month in EdWeek.org, Liana Heitin accurately reports that “[t]he nature of writing has shifted in recent years. There are very few—if any—jobs these days … Continue reading

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Ya Gotta Love English

So, third recent pass through The Sun Also Rises while prepping for the fifth and final teaching lead, and I tried–one more time–to find the meaning of “darbs,” said by Bill to Jake in response to Jake’s statement about Robert … Continue reading

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Lead #1 – “The Green Light in Great Gatsby”

Working notes – Lead #1 “The Green Light in Great Gatsby” (posted Blackboard in Feb.) Student Learning Objective: Students will examine works of literature through various “lenses” such as close reading with focus on various interpretations of possible symbols and … Continue reading

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Lead #4 – Frost’s “Never Again Would Bird’s Song be the Same”

Lead 4 – Frost’s “Never Again Would Bird’s Song be the Same” Learning Outcomes With a close reading of the poem, students will identify the rhyme scheme and meter of this sonnet; interpret the speaker, situation, and meaning; and examine … Continue reading

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Just What’s a “Bricoleur” Anyway?

In “Opening Spaces of Possibility: The Teacher as Bricoleur,” Mary Ann Reilly explains this term, clarifies the concept, and relates an effective example of bricolage in today’s English classroom. She shows how in real life the lines separating genres such … Continue reading

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Our Leadership is Insane (or why I need the serenity prayer)

Scant weeks after President Obama approved budget cuts eliminating funding for education programs in this country, including the National Writing Project, Reading is Fundamental, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Teach for America,” his wife Michelle Obama announced … Continue reading

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