Imagery: Write This! Not That!

This past Friday I was privileged to present two sessions at the Virginia Association of Teachers of English. One of which was titled Write This! Not That! and examined the typical problems students run in to when writing on imagery, diction, syntax, and narrative pace. Here is the portion on the complex device of imagery. ... Continue Reading →

38 is a very attractive age

Happy Birthday to me. 38. As I look around the pages of books that encompass my life, I find very few heroes, heroines, or even villains my exact age. To me, this is disappointing. Thirty-five was my favorite birthday of literary significance with Lady Bracknell of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest boldly proclaiming,... Continue Reading →

Dolly delivers dreams

Today my son Liam turns five. This really is a birthday to celebrate as he begins his final year of preschool.  He is growing and changing, while still keeping his love of cooking, crafts, and his “doggy”. This birthday also marks the end of Liam’s excited trips from the mailbox each month for a new... Continue Reading →

Embracing change in the classroom

The first month of school has really been about trying new things in my classroom.  For the last several years I would have good intentions to try new approaches in my classroom or teach new texts.  I found that if I waited to implement these things later in the year, comfort and routine would take... Continue Reading →

A reader’s journey in four books

One of my first assignments for my AP Literature students the past two years is to write about their lives through a journey of four books.  I made a commitment in my teaching manifesto to write alongside my students, so I will attempt to narrow this list to choose four books that have been significant in... Continue Reading →

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