A Mentor Text for Place-Based Storytelling

Photo by Zac Ong on Unsplash During the last couple of years of teaching, making mini-zines has been a highlight.  An 8-page zine has been a go-to method for helping students shrink a narrative down to accessible compactness.  As my students plot environmental stories culminating in a call to action, the details associated with specific […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: The Empty Sentiment of The Last of Us

Mentor Text: The Empty Sentiment of The Last of Us by Jackson McHenry Techniques: Background – As a insomniac geek teacher who loves stories in pretty much any form, the combination of streaming services and the internet is a gift. There’s lots of stories to immerse myself in, and there’s lots of commentary on those stories. […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: The Night Attendant at the Gas Station

Mentor Text: The Night Attendant at the Gas Station by Michael Penny Techniques: Background – I’m going to pass along what may seem like a somewhat pithy piece of teaching advice. Zero inbox is your friend. Since school resumed after the holidays, I delete or file everything almost instantly. (professionally and personally) It also means that […]