Traveling the World with Podcasts: From Dollywood to Ghana to Selma and Beyond

BY: LIZ JORGENSEN Are you fresh out of ideas about what to teach next to your virtual students? Are you struggling to find engaging content that is free, easily accessible, understandable to students, and in the public domain? Tired of dredging your brain and the internet for content every week to teach? Never fear, the … Continue reading Traveling the World with Podcasts: From Dollywood to Ghana to Selma and Beyond

Videos for Change

BY: LIZ JORGENSEN “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” ― Nelson Mandela ― “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. ― … Continue reading Videos for Change

The Human Development Index: Analyzing Economic Data in English Class

BY: LIZ KEIPER The American Dream. It’s one of those slippery concepts that is hard to define or pin down. We have a sense of what it is, but helping 14-year-olds to a nuanced understanding of the term can be difficult because often people mean many different concepts when they use that phrase. Some mean … Continue reading The Human Development Index: Analyzing Economic Data in English Class

Teaching Slavery Narratives: From Frederick Douglass to Lola Pulido

By Jeni Gearhart “Enslavement is a process, not an identity” —Vann Newkirk II, Atlantic Staff Writer How do we teach about the tragedy of American slavery in the English classroom? Furthermore, how do we teach about it in a way that impacts our students to make a change? Much of my 1st semester curriculum deals … Continue reading Teaching Slavery Narratives: From Frederick Douglass to Lola Pulido

Faces of America: Combatting Prejudice and Stereotypes in the English Classroom

BY: JENI GEARHART America has been a messy place of late. I was thinking that earlier today as I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw folks on both sides arguing over Charlottesville, the NFL, DACA, and a host of other recent issues. Regardless of your political affiliation, following the news can make you question … Continue reading Faces of America: Combatting Prejudice and Stereotypes in the English Classroom