Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category

  • Connecting with symbolism

    Friday, April 16th, 2010

    My language arts class is reading We Were Not Alone by Patricia Reece Roper and Karola Hilbert Reece. The students are writing stories from their lives containing symbolism and showing a time they were courageous. We are discussing the elements of story such as character, description using the five senses, and discovering the main character's […]

  • Why can’t students just read for pleasure?

    Friday, April 16th, 2010

    I love to read what I want to read. My high school-aged daughter also loves to read books she chooses. But she dislikes analyzing literature and writing a literary analysis. I wrote a literary analysis for the language arts class I teach, and it was painful to write. So why do we study literature and […]

  • Waxing eloquent

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

    I teach a high school language arts class on-line and today I graded the literary analysis papers for The Virginian by Owen Wister. The students did an excellent job choosing themes and supporting their thesis statements with examples. I intensely added comments about past and present tense and proper use of quotes among other things. […]