Category Archives: Literature

A Lifeskills Class for African American Boys

This was something I wrote for a class on multiculturalism in Education, in response to an article on the success of a special program in a California High School aimed at African American male students, with a greater emphasis on … Continue reading

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What Kalevipoeg Means to Me

After my Kalevipoeg essay for an Estonian Culture class in an English language Baltic Studies program at the University of Tartu,  I was asked about what the story had meant to me. This was my response. As a wannabe writer, … Continue reading

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A Middle School Social Studies Teacher’s Experiences on Culture and Comic Books

This is based on an interview I did for the class on Multiculturalism in my Education masters program. GT is a Social Studies teacher in Middlesex County, New Jersey. I’ve known him for several years, since before I decided to … Continue reading

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Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Road to Latin Becoming a Dead Language

An aspect of the Humanist movement is that they emphasized the work of the past, but also favored writing in contemporary languages. Petrarch and Boccaccio get credit for their decision to write in Italian, rather than Latin, among the first … Continue reading

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George Eliot on slang

Every now and then, I come across an argument in a centuries old book that still feels fresha and relevant. From George Eliot’s Middlemarch. “Are you beginning to dislike slang, then?” said Rosamond, with mild gravity. “Only the wrong sort. … Continue reading

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5 Series Where Anything Goes

One of the things I like about Doctor Who is that the story engine basically allows the series to tell any kind of story in any setting. The basic conceit is that in every episode, an ancient time traveler and his … Continue reading

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Effects of Shared Curriculla

This was an incident I observed while shadowing a teacher (let’s call her Ms. Smith) for mandatory observation houts. In the school, there was a decree that everyone in the seventh grade read The Outsiders, even though half the students … Continue reading

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