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I’m such a geek when it comes to teaching. Two weeks after the school year concludes, I’m ready to start again. Since I can’t have a classroom full of students to teach, I go back and revise and adapt my curriculum lessons during July and August. This year I have some more revisions to make, [...]
Two novels I taught this year were To Kill A Mockingbird and A Gathering of Old Men. Prior to and during reading these novels, I had the kids look at some songs, poems, and historical context. Here are a few of my favorite things concerning the race relations in the novels.
Prior to reading To Kill [...]
Today we started the film The Matrix and the kids are enthralled. What a great feeling to know they are learning the literary devices and analyzing while enjoying the process.
Also, I introduced the double-entry journal, the Christ-like character attributes, and the heroic cycle. Everyone dove right in to the the work.
While watching the film I ...
I purchased some movie units from Michael Vetrie, an alternative high school teacher in Sun Valley, CA, and I’m going to try one tomorrow. I will show The Matrix in half-hour segments, so the students can do the following:
compose a double-entry journal,
study the film using literary terms,
analyze critical quotations in the novel
plot how ...
I am about to teach Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to my College in the H.S. class; however, this is my first time teaching this novel. Does anyone have suggestions or advice? I have some ideas but would love to hear what you have to say.
While I assess diction analysis papers, personal essay, and literary analysis essays this week in the evening, I have scheduled enrichment films for my students. Here they are:
Reading A Gathering of Old Men
Separate But Equal
Reading The Iliad
Here is a list of my favorite literary works of length to teach:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
What are your favorite pieces of literature to teach?
I love using film clips or outside of class movies to enrich my students’ learning experiences, and the kids respond enthusiastically when I do use the cinema to enhance units. Any suggestions?
I have the following novels to teach this semester:
To Kill A Mockingbird,
A Gathering of Old Men, and
Stumped. Stymied. Befuddled. Flustered. Perplexed. Mystified. Stuck.
That’s what I felt when trying to decide how to introduce the next novel in my class, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Even though I’m teaching American Literature in this college-level course, I’m using an African novel principally because Paton used ...
Recently I decided to include more music into my lessons. I started this with my American Literature courses (the College in the High School and mainstream classes), and my students have reacted quote favorably.
Initially, I used The Who’s “Baba O’Rily” and “My Generation” with Anne Tyler’s “Teenage ...