Category Archives: Reflections

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

0:11 I’m a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call “the danger of the single story.” I grew up on a university campus in eastern Nigeria. My mother says … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To The #Electors Of The #ElectoralCollege From A Concerned #Citizen

Jewish & Nazi Shoah U-Boat Catchers “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel At first glance, my book seems to have no bearing on the … Continue reading

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How To #Teach Literature: The Role of Close #Reading In Teaching English Language Learners To Read Complex Texts

 How To Teach Literature: What Is Literature? If what we read entertains us, speaks to us, or makes us aware of the human condition, then it is literature. How to best teach literature? I share my knowledge about teaching literature, … Continue reading

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#BobDylan Wins The #Nobel #Prize For #Literature: “Art is a river that we drink from but do not own”

Press Release 13 October 2016 – The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016: The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Bob Dylan won the … Continue reading

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#FelizLunes How To Teach Literature: The Role of Close Reading In Teaching English Language Learners To Read Complex Texts #mondaymotivation #HappyMonday #Mondayblogs

    If what we read entertains us, speaks to us, or makes us aware of the human condition, then it is literature. How to best teach literature?   I share my knowledge about teaching literature, gained from 15 years … Continue reading

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How To Teach English Literature: Resources, Strategies and Tips #ASMSG

How To Teach English Literature This textbook is intended for students of English Literature Teaching as well as new and experienced teachers of English Literature. Written by Thomas Jerome Baker, author of 168 books and a teacher of English with … Continue reading

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ReInterpreting Michelangelo’s David

The Ruined Block of Stone Look at the statue. Before it was “The David“, it was just a ruined block of stone. David,  by Michelangelo     (1504 ) Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence ( a GNU Free Documentation License photo de Rico Heil (User:Silmaril), published … Continue reading

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President Obama: “We are better than this.”

Today, President Obama spoke on the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “I’d just ask folks to step back and think: What if this happened to somebody in your family? How would you feel? To be concerned about … Continue reading

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Here’s Why #Chile Is The Most Beautiful Country In The World

When it comes to natural beauty there is a certain cocktail of ingredients that definitely makes a country stand out. The most important ones are a low population density, a high variation in latitude, and varied climatic systems. There are … Continue reading

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The disadvantaged need the best teachers

David Cameron wants to bring opportunity to everyone, wherever they live, whatever their background. It’s an admirable intention, but he really needs to get on with it in our country’s schools. The geographical lottery in educational achievement means that only … Continue reading

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