Arts + Letters

Arts + Letters

Teaching Poetry in the Instagram Era

You’ve likely seen poet Rupi Kaur’s bestseller Milk & Honey on the shelf. What it means for teaching poetry to…
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Essay or Assay: Merriam-Webster “Tries” to Explain the Difference

The essay is by far my favorite genre, to read and to write. A far cry from what it looks…
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Where Books Take Us

An apropos metaphor regarding the relationship between reading and achievement. via @bookishbronte on Instagram   Happy #socksunday everybody how are…
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Semi-colon Drama

Some have a love-hate relationship with semi-colons; mine is all love.
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Some of My Favorite Websites for ELA and Literacy Teachers

An early career ELA teacher recently asked me what sites I go to for ELA and literacy resources.  I told…
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Essay These Essays

For those who share my love of #essays as a #genre, check out Literary Hub’s recent list of the best…
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Why Poetry and STEM are Not So Far Apart

Etymology is often my go-to inspiration source for looking at things differently.  Big ups to Merriam-Webster for this etymological gem…
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Seeing Transaction Theory

Louise Rosenblatt’s visualization depicting the relationship between efferent and aesthetic readings is really powerful. What does it mean when we…
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A Poet’s Catalog of Plant Life

I love most things that blur the line between the sciences and the arts, and I can always count on…
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“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all…
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Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…
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If School Music Instruments Can Play Metallica, There’s Hope for Public Education

You might not think much of classroom music instruments, but give them to the Roots and Metallica and watch what…
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Einstein’s Advice to His 11-year-old Son on Learning

Better than school, Einstein writes, is for a child to become engulfed in the joy of doing something he loves.…
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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum On Liberal Arts Education

Ever since I read her book Not For Profit, I’ve been drawn to University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s take…
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Imagine Kurt Vonnegut as Your Writing Teacher. Here’s His Introduction.

I love seeing how other teachers frame their classes with their students.  Usually, I am so pressed for time as the…
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Stop and Listen to James Baldwin on the Place of Writers and Artists. You’ll Be Better for It.

I first encountered James Baldwin in graduate school.  Too late, I think, but better than never at all.  His words…
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