Category Archives: Issues in Education

Editorial portfolio entries relating to a pedagogical topic

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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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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Grieving Low Student Achievement

Grieving Low Student Achievement http://chronicle.com/article/The-4-Stage-Response-to-Low/126527/ In his article “The 4-Stage Response to Low Student Achievement” John Lemuel describes the range of responses—a “grieving process” of sorts—that academics experience in response to the underachievement of students in their undergraduate classrooms: “First, … Continue reading

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Lead #2 – Hemingway’s “The Killers” (and one of H’s poems)

Working notes – Lead 2 – Hemingway’s “The Killers Students will identify various forms of power evidenced in the story; students will examine the effects of rhetorical tools on themselves as readers. Students are assumed to have read the story … Continue reading

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Lead #3 – Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home”

Working notes – Lead 3 – Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” Students will focus on narrative description, tone, point of view, and reliability and examine how these characteristics affect the reader’s reception of the story. Students must read the story and two … Continue reading

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