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Where has all the freedom gone?

Without getting political in a decidedly heated political time, I have to wonder where free speech and the freedom of individual thought has gone. It seems there’s an active witch hunt among Americans these days that aims to stifle our individuality. Frankly I’m a little scared. It is no one’s business who another person votes… Continue reading Where has all the freedom gone?

Are You Teaching in 2020?

I keep seeing posts about not buying a 2020 planner, and a good one yesterday was, “I’m not buying a 2021 planner until I see the trailer.” I thought that was hilarious, but so true. Then I thought about it as I looked through my 2020 planner, collecting dust on my desk. There are still… Continue reading Are You Teaching in 2020?

Distance Learning… Again?

Are you staring down the barren hallway of another school year (or semester) spent distance teaching? If we try to look on the bright side, at least this time we’ve had a little chance to prepare – sort of. I remember way, waaaay back in April thinking our extended spring break felt like it would… Continue reading Distance Learning… Again?

The Monkey’s Paw

Looking to introduce your students to the genre of horror this year? W. W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw” is fantastic intro to this genre. This story includes a number of literary devices, easy to follow story structure, and just the right amount of suspense. The complete, ready-to-go lesson is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers… Continue reading The Monkey’s Paw

The Storyline of a New Decade

Feminism and the rise of comic books have been butting rhetorical heads for over half a century, but perhaps circumstances have finally turned a corner. Is it possible storylines have transitioned from super-sexism to superheroes? Is the overwhelming flood of these CGI-enhanced pop culture icons substantially helping or infallibly hurting the modern rhetoric of gender… Continue reading The Storyline of a New Decade

Bookstore of the Month

Moe’s Books What is it about that aroma of paper and ink that makes bookstores so incredibly inviting? The shelves filled with endless wonders, far off lands, historical significance, all entice us to explore what each unique bookstore has to offer. This month, our focus is on one incredibly special independent bookstore, Moe’s Books in… Continue reading Bookstore of the Month

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