Three examples of how an essay structure can be dismantled and put back together: I. Chuck Wendig retells The Three Little Pigs: #literaryanalysis essay: Chuck uses the medium of Twitter to take on a writing challenge and analyzing The Three Little Pigs and how it relates to capitalism. That one is easy. Let’s do it.… Read More Summer Series of Saves: Disrupt the Essay, Continued. (IV)
Back in April 2015, Love, Teach wrote a blog post that has been widely circulated, What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School, and it is solidly one of those I wish I had written. My district is in flux now, and I don’t know what exactly is going to… Read More Dowry.
It’s been a long time since I posted a “Wish I Had Written That” post, but this one came along at a perfect moment. This week is our spring break, and while my current professional life is a bit surreal, breaks are breaks, and I want to focus my energies on productive acts and thoughts.… Read More Cereal and roses.
This Wish I Had Written That is inspired by Rebecca Solnit. Sometimes the artmaking stalls out. Sometimes I’ve written my truth and it conflicts with someone else’s narrative. Writers step on toes, cause disquiet, and challenge ideas and status quo: and yes, I count myself in that group. And when I stall out it’s because… Read More WIHWT: Why I write.
I haven’t done a “Wish I Had Written That” in awhile, and this came across my view today: Someone posted this, from my book, sort of a bill of rights for students. Glad this piece is catching some attention. What do you think? pic.twitter.com/oZh87qRWVb — Tom Rademacher (@MrTomRad) July 28, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Currently, I’m framing… Read More Saving Summer: WIHWT: The Promise
@mrskellylove Zinn’s take on the gentrification of Sesame Street? That would be priceless. — John Spencer (@spencerideas) May 28, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Must give credit to John Spencer once again for this idea. He tweeted: Now the thought of Chuck Palahniuk writing the back story for a cartoon intrigues me, and I began to think of… Read More The first rule of write club…
This Wish I Had Written That is a novel I’m about 65% through: Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson. Did you ever buy a book, tried to engage, and then put it down? This is one such novel: I’ve had it for years (6 years? 8 years?) on my nightstand, and somehow it shimmied back up… Read More WIHWT: Octavian Nothing
This Wish I Had Written That comes courtesy of Emily St. John Mandel, the author of Station Eleven. Granted, again I am sharing a novel with a few adult/mature audiences overtones: when I search through my Kindle and look for profanities, a few bubble up, but nothing I noticed while reading. Not sure what that says… Read More WIHWT: Preparation Heck No.
(Note to self: ask Cult of Pedagogy if she makes any cash from her links to Amazon.) This “Wish I Had Written That” is stretching a bit here — this novel is meant for grown-ups. This is not a recommendation for secondary students, although if seniors in high school, or even my own children,… Read More WIHWT: Americanah
Are there books or texts you desperately want to teach, to introduce, yet never find the right moment? The place in the curriculum, scope and sequence, where a text resides permanently in outlier territory? Green Angel is one such novel for me. This Wish I Had Written That, authored by one of my favorite writers,… Read More WIHWT: Green Angel