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Introducing Fahrenheit 451 for the last time

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A writer’s palette

I created the image above as the students suggested the tools a writer uses in order to support their Why. I am retiring this year from teaching and one of the things I will miss a lot is writing on … Continue reading

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A t-shirt that a middle schooler wore to school today

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Every year as we study the Constitution, I show the students Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It is an amazing 1939 film with an incredible cast —Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Harry Carey, Claude Rains— directed by Frank Capra. … Continue reading

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Retiring

It has taken me a while. I have had to be reminded several times to do it. But today I finally sent my resignation letter to school. Everyone has known that I will be retiring this year but it hasn’t … Continue reading

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Transforming Brown v Board of Education

Sometimes after we read a text I will have the students use a process of found poetry as a closure. I xerox some random and not so random spreads of the book and the students select words on the pages … Continue reading

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Cider under pressure

I had promised my students that we would have some of my awesome cider one day. They really worked hard this week, having their first big test, so yesterday I cooked up some cider with cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges. … Continue reading

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