Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913” by Martin Espada

Vivas to those who have fail’d!                                                                                                      And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!                                                                      And to those themselves who sank in the sea!                                                                            And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!                                 And the numberless unknown heroes … Continue reading

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“The Three Evils” address delivered by Martin Luther King 8/31/1967

“The Three Evils,” Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics August 31, 1967,  Chicago, Il Some excerpts: What they [Democrats and Republicans] truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor. [W]e are now experiencing the coming … Continue reading

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“Tropical Storm” by Lydia Davis

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Yep. Just the punctuation.

Nicholas Rougeux is someone who is intrigued with making data visual. He also is intrigued with discovering data where we thought there was none. His Between the Words project takes classic pieces of literature in the public domain, removes all … Continue reading

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Lift every voice

Today started with an assembly celebrating Martin Luther King. The assembly was totally kid-centered, an authentic middle school experience. There were excerpts from a play the students had put on earlier this year, Brown Girl Dreaming. There were vocalists and … Continue reading

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Translating English into English

I needed four students plus the one who wrote the above (actually 6 pages of the above) to translate this assignment for me. “This is like discovering a new language in an archeological dig,” RD smirked. One student kept translating … Continue reading

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Use it or lose it

In class today we talked about Obama’s State of the Union last night. The students claimed they were not bored listening to it like Donald Trump was who claimed in a tweet, “It was boring.” They were intrigued with the … Continue reading

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Mississippi Secession — Jan. 9, 1861

…just in case there was any confusion about why the Civil War was fought. My students and I  are presently examining this 155-year old document. A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State … Continue reading

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…with promises to stay in touch

I had brunch today with a student I taught many years ago. She is presently getting her PhD at Columbia in NY in English (Modern poetry and 19th c literature of the Americas). Her orals are in April and then … Continue reading

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I feel better already

I just finished talking with my 88 year-old mother who is in assisted living, in a memory-enhanced unit. This last week I was pretty sick, had the chills, couldn’t get warm, but now I am on the upswing with just … Continue reading

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