Arts + Letters
Arts + Letters
Arts + Letters
June 22, 2018
Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem
Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for…
June 20, 2018
There’s a Great Gatsby Video Game!?! English Class Just Got WAY Awesomer.
How did I not know that Nintendo made a Great Gatsby video game? I’m ashamed. I know video game have…
June 14, 2018
Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?
Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…
June 11, 2018
Explore the Words that Are Unique to Individual Hip-Hop Artists
As an English teacher, I always enjoyed compendia–those books that listed the number of times words appeared in other books.…
May 23, 2018
The Strange Tale of Merriam-Webster’s Ghost Word
Merriam-Webster is redefining the role of the dictionary in the 21st century. If you don’t follow them on Twitter, I…
May 9, 2018
Before You “Agree” with Terms of Service, Check Out this Art Installation
Whenever we–or our students–click on an “I Agree” button in response to a company’s Terms of Service (ToS), we are…
May 7, 2018
Why Tolkien Had a “Heartfelt Loathing” for All Things Disney
A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and…
May 4, 2018
Words like Water: How a Baby Learned to Speak
You take a techy who becomes a dad and has a fascination with language. Then add videocameras all throughout the…
May 2, 2018
So, THAT is Where Letters Come From!
Etymology is one thing, but to look at the historical roots of letters themselves is just pure alphabetic joy.
April 30, 2018
Ever Wish Badass Shakespearean Heroines Had Their Own Pins? Wish Granted.
Book Riot does superlative work curating curiosities from around the web that book lovers are sure to notice (maybe not…
April 26, 2018
An Easy Way to Start Coding in English Class (And Beyond)
Here is an excellent example of a low-lift activity to get started exploring programming in English class. All you need…
April 25, 2018
Malcolm Gladwell on His Creative Process
It is a unique talent to translate complex phenomena to others in a way that is insightful, engaging, and avoids…
April 20, 2018
Is That a John Dewey T-Shirt? Philosophy Meets Fashion!
Today’s reason to smile. Making educational philosophical thought cool again. Get it in your size (or mine!) here. And for…
April 18, 2018
Fibonacci Sequence Poetry? Yes, Please!
I’ll say it again: we must do more to blur the lines between the worlds of numbers and letters. This…
April 12, 2018
Why Computer Science Belongs in English Class
Computer science in ELA class? Yes. Especially in ELA! For a few years now, I have been building the case…
April 11, 2018
Science and Poetry, Both are Celebrations
Science and poetry are two sides of the same universal coin. (And here’s another, more etymological take, on the matter.)…