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  • Teacher Tip #1: Set Boundaries on Your Email Time

    August 14, 2020 by

    On my very first week of teaching, I set up myself for failure. Why? Because I didn’t set email hours with the students. ⠀⠀⠀Storytime:I had assigned a homework that they did not know how to do (because surprise surprise, they weren’t paying attention during instruction) and at 10:00 pm of the night before the due… Read more

  • What is a Dramatic Monologue?

    August 13, 2020 by

    Most of us associate the word “monologue” with the theatre. Some of the most famous monologues are part of the dramatic genre; Hamlet’s monologue, for example. Given this, what can a “dramatic monologue” possibly be? It is actually a type of poem. These poems in deed bare a relationship with the dramatic genre. Just as… Read more

  • The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter | Book Review

    August 11, 2020 by

    The Magic Toyshop tells the story of a young woman who, by a very tragic accident, is forced to live with her uncle and his family. She has to take her brother and sister with her, and she soon realizes that her uncle is not what she thought he could be. So instead of being… Read more

  • 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

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