• Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad | Book Review

    August 1, 2020 by

    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a bit of a rite of passage for all English mayors. At some point in your career you have to read it because it’s a classic. And if you’re a teacher, at some point you will have to teach it. One of the most interesting things about this… Read more

  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter | Book Review

    July 31, 2020 by

    Hey everyone! Today I have a book review of The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This is a collection of 10 short stories where Carter rewrites popular fairy tales, and she often makes several versions of her own writings as well. The fairytales include “Blue Beard”, “Snow White”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Erl-King”, “Sleeping… Read more

  • The Last Wish (The Witcher Series #1) | Book Review

    July 27, 2020 by

    Hey everyone! Today I have a book review of The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. This book and the next one are a collection of short stories that introduce the world of The Witcher: they narrate life portraits of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia; how he met certain characters, and what happened that created his… Read more

  • Gothic Book Recommendations

    July 19, 2020 by

    Gothic literature is my favorite genre and a popular one to teach students. It was overlooked by the critic for many years but now there is a complete school of the gothic. Find out my 11 gothic book recommendations for your classroom library or unit studies: Dracula by Bram StokerThis is my favorite book in… Read more

  • Using quiz cards to learn quotations

    July 17, 2020 by

    Quotations are the essence of a literary work and it’s important for students to identify them, understand them, and analyze them. Sometimes, their meaning can only be grasped after rereading them several times and being fully familiarized with the text, especially when it comes to Shakespeare. Sounds difficult? Yes but I have come up with… Read more

  • The Turn of the Screw – Book Review

    July 16, 2020 by

    The novel begins with a gathering of people that are telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve and one of the men comes up with a manuscript written by a governess about an event that occurred 40-50 years before. In the manuscript the governess narrates the supernatural events that occurred at Bly and how she struggled… Read more

  • A long awaited update

    July 14, 2020 by

    The fact that I could not remember ANY of the posts I had is an embarrassing proof of how much I’ve neglected this post. But trust me, it was not without good reason. My life drastically changed last September and such a change involved stressful preparation during the prior months and a long period of excitement, adaptation, and reflection for the subsequent ones. Here’s an update of life lately

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