Tag Archives: World War I

Abiding wonder of reaching out

Since retiring, I have been doing a little tutoring to help make ends meet. It has been interesting, surprising sometimes, to see how academic work assigned in a class gets translated through the eyes of a particular student. Having been … Continue reading

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Some middle school students’ answers on their World War I test

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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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Wrapped in the flag

New York, 1917. This is a photograph of the American soprano (sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano) Marcia Van Dresser (1877-1937), who participated in a variety of patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera, including the sales of War Bonds in support of … Continue reading

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Trench Warfare

My middle school classroom is set up with big tables which makes a great space for projects and group work. When there’s a test, however, the students are often on top of each other. Most of my students would never … Continue reading

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Under the spell of All Quiet

We are presently reading All Quiet on the Western Front. A student shared with me that he and some of his friends have adopted some of the characters in the book, have become one of the characters in their group … Continue reading

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The peculiar aesthetics of the three elevens

Today is Veterans Day, the day which originally commemorated the Armistice of World War I. On this day, the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918) at precisely 11:00am (French time) hostilities ceased. In fact, soldiers were still being attacked, wounded, … Continue reading

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