Arts + Letters

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.)…
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