Literature

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…

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…

Shakespearean Robotics

In honor of Shakespeare’s 454th birthday today, I present to you BardBots–a Shakespearean introduction to computational thinking. Students study monologues…

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.)…

Long Live Print Books

You might think of me as a lover of all things technological or digital. In fact, I read most books…

The President Reminds Us Why We Teach Poetry

It was 1963 and Robert Frost had died. President Kennedy offered a glorious eulogy for Frost, but it was also…

Reading Books in Their Settings

I love this list from the New York Public Library about reading books set in New York City in New…

Walt Whitman on Language “Arising Out of the Work”

Timely insights on the relationship between language, the populous, and our institutions. Language, be it remember’d, is not an abstract…

Love this Book about Books

I saw this list over at Book Riot about their top books about books. It immediately brought to mind my…

Read Macbeth Like a Computer

For fun, check out this Wolfram Alpha page that breaks down Macbeth in all sorts of computationally fun ways. What…

Bots in British Lit Class: Watch How a High School Teacher in Georgia Does It

Last year, I posted about a series of projects for integrating computer science into the English classroom. (A group of…

Shel Silverstein’s “simple secret of lasting love”

Love ain’t no missing piece to be found. I adored reading this book to my son when he was younger.…

“I know a lot of talented ruins,” says James Baldwin

How many times have you heard children–and adults–refer to themselves as “not a math person” or “not a reader”? Children in…
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