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Using PowerPoint Projects to Teach Essay Skills

When I teach literature, my focus is on enabling students ...
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Sorted: Educators’ Praise as Evidence of Their Ideologies

According to one theory about the Hogwarts Houses and the ...
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Announcing: The Bais Yaakov Project!

I am overjoyed to announce that I am part of ...
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Comics as a Tool for Summarizing and Understanding Essays

Sherman Alexie's essay "The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman ...
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Syllabus Creation: A Nightmare Within a Dream

When I was offered a course on Critical Approaches to ...
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Release and Relief on the First Day of Class

Yesterday was the first day of class for my two ...
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A Little Organization Goes a Long Way

I recently helped a friend who was struggling in her ...
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Kalamazoo 2019 Can Be #TheFutureWeWant

Medieval studies has become a site of tension as the ...
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Setting the Bar Low: Teaching Students to Draft

As the summer begins to wind down for me (what, ...
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Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2019

I'm organizing a panel at the 2019 International Congress of ...
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Literary Hindsight: Teaching Medieval Love and Violence

At a Kalamazoo ICMS roundtable titled "Teaching Violence and Trauma ...
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An Ex-Orthodox Queer Reviews a Review of Disobedience

This weekend, I saw Disobedience twice. I have been looking ...
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Can I Go Back & Rewrite My Adolescence?

A while ago, I posted about a song from my ...
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Student-Teaching

One of the great things about engaging as a student ...
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Race and Religion in The King of Tars: An Undergraduate Lesson

This is a pretty cut-and-dry account of a lesson I ...
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I'm Published!

This post isn't going to say much - I just ...
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Narrow vs. Broad Writing Prompts [or] Full-Class vs. Individual Writing Instruction

In my first few semesters of teaching Freshman Composition, I ...
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Shakespeare Shenanigans

Last semester when I taught Twelfth Night, I led my students ...
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Pacing in a Literature Class: A Bit of Luck

My class is usually really lively and loud. We dive ...
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Fighting the Past: Medieval Dragons in Children’s and YA Literature

I presented this paper at the Pearl Kibre Medieval Society's ...
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Forced Standpoint as Pedagogical Tool

The dissertation I'm working on now examines medieval literary texts ...
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Being Able to Talk First

More than the content of the texts the students read, ...
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Tiny Tweaks, Powerful Payoffs

I know that one of my great teaching weaknesses is ...
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Lullabies

My mother used to sing us to sleep with a ...
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Lusting for Love

I find myself perhaps disproportionately frustrated when my students come ...
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Lend Me Your Ears: Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar as a Comment on Rhetoric

This year's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar makes ...
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Little Big Girl: Feminism & Adolescence in "Little Red Riding Hood" Song

Syllabus prep led me to two versions of the song ...
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Look, Mom, I'm a Mom!

The process of Alyce's transformation in The Midwife's Apprentice from the scared ...
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Thinking and Feeling

Earlier this semester, I read Patricia Ingham's article on the ...
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Remember Me: Memorializing Complex Events on Tombstones in Malory

As I read the section in Morte Darthur titled "The ...
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Mapping the Grail in Malory

I doodled this before class tonight and shared it with ...
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Human Agency and Responsibility in Malory's "Balin or the Knight with the Two Swords"

The story of Balin in Malory's Le Morte Darthur is littered with ...
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Malory's Merlin: Shadows of the Druids in Arthur's Christian Court

(I am just beginning to read Malory now but want ...
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Love and Sex: Synonymous in YA Literature?

My previous post "Can Sex Be Just Sex? Pleasure and ...
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Stained

This, with some slight edits and my own poem added ...
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My Evil Twin and Me: When the Doppelganger is the Better One

The evil twin as a trope in literature is fairly ...
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Tree of Knowledge: Language, Voice, and Differance

Melinda's focused and determined attempt to create a perfect tree ...
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Can Sex Be Just Sex? Pleasure and Trauma in YA

Sex in Young Adult literature - always a contentious topic ...
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On Being and Essence (De Ente et Essentia)

As I worked on my final paper for this semester's ...
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Wynnere and Wastoure

A comment in class yesterday got me thinking about something ...
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The Consolation of Philosophy

Last week I read Eugene Thacker's In the Dust of This ...
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Historia Calamitatum

Most of the time, when someone first finds out I ...
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Le Conte du Graal

I've been drawn to Arthurian legend for as long as ...
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Mundus et Infans

I was browsing through my old reading lists recently, and ...
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The Wanderer

Hey there! I'm starting this blog partly as a way ...
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