Category Archives: World War I

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am. I have often felt the conceit of the “elevens” strange and somewhat unsettling. The … Continue reading

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Dear General Shinseki- part II

OK. I should have expected this. The students wrote their letters to General Shinseki on Thursday (see Dear General Shinseki) and they were more focused and on task than I had seen them all year. They were earnest and thoughtful. … Continue reading

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Dear General Shinseki

We have finished reading All Quiet on the Western Front and our last conversation in class about the book became a passionate discussion about how war seems to be such an absurd way of settling conflicts, especially in light of … Continue reading

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Perverted madness

I talked with my students today about the Boston Marathon. AW’s dad was in the race and had crossed the finish line 25 minutes before the first blast. “Whoa. You’re kidding!?!” BR said she was happy we live in the … Continue reading

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Public pooping

In my afternoon class today, we spent about a half an hour talking about pooping and not just pooping privately, but, in fact, pooping with one’s friends. We have just begun All Quiet on the Western Front and in the … Continue reading

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All Quiet creative projects

We snuck into an empty music storage room where there was a piano so JG could play us the piece he had composed for the ending to All Quiet on the Western Front. He had gone halfway through it before … Continue reading

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Not “All Quiet”

We are reading All Quiet on the Western Front now. I have given different chapters to groups of students for them to create and grade a reading quiz (they love playing teacher), to define some vocabulary, but most importantly, to … Continue reading

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Sometimes working with 13 year olds can be nerve-wracking, challenging, frustrating. Then there are times when they can be, well, …inspiring. At the end of our reading of All Quiet on the Western Front, I ask my students to do … Continue reading

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Would you rather be a garbage man or a mathematician?

We discussed Chapter 6 today of All Quiet on the Western Front, a vivid and disturbing chapter about the realities of war. A man biting his artery so he wouldn’t bleed to death; a soldier holding in his intestines; a … Continue reading

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Is this going to be on the test?

We are reading All Quiet on the Western Front now. Yesterday we were talking about poison gas. There is a scene in the book where the main character, Paul, tears off his gas mask gasping for oxygen. We talked about … Continue reading

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