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Digital Graphic Novels

I have always love comic books.  I can still remember the first one that I ever got, a random copy of Excalibur. (a kind of combination avengers and x-men set in England.  They had Nightcrawler and Shadow Cat on the … Continue reading

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Music in the Classroom

Flocabulary During my block my teacher pulled up “Flocabulary” or Educational Hip-Hop. When I saw this my first reaction was: NO. I assumed that these sixth graders would be way too “cool” for this type of thing. I was then … Continue reading

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Using Magazines in the Classroom

During my block experience, my first lesson plan was created around a magazine article. My mentor teacher uses Scope magazines frequently throughout her units as supplementary reading material. Click here to learn more about Scope Magazine I hadn’t thought much … Continue reading

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Video Games and Literature

I was sitting, thinking about what to write for my blog post, and watching some friends play video games when it hits me. Video games. Why not video games? Are video games really that far off from digital stories and literature? (image … Continue reading

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Teaching Film in the Classroom

We’ve all been here before. You walk into class and there it stands in the front of the room, gleaming with gold and all of heaven’s angels sing in a harmonic chorus–the television. Hooray for movie day! Where we as … Continue reading

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Rap & Poetry in the 21st Century

The death of Maya Angelou marked a great turning point in contemporary poetry. Long gone are canonical 20th century poets such as e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and Maya Angelou. … Continue reading

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Talking and Teaching About Mental Health

According to a study done in the UK, “nearly one in ten young people . . . think that classmates with a mental health problem should not be at their school. The same proportion of respondents in the survey also feel … Continue reading

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