Speaking as a teacher of 30 years experience who has, for all of those 30 years, asked students to write about their lives, I can only say I have never had a student complain about writing about their lives after the fact.
Rethinking the Student Narrative through Themes from the Queer Experience
OUR MINDSET: To move writers closer to the center of their ever-changing identity.Educators and students have a lot to fear in 2020; there is no circumventing that reality. There have been jarring questions and radical realizations throughout this year and our sense of self has undoubtedly taken a hit no matter how well we have […]
The Food Memory Narrative
If you’re anything like me, those few short weeks between fall and winter breaks are nothing short of an anxiety inducing shopping/baking/grading/wrapping/tying-up-loose-ends extravaganza. Each year, the time sandwiched between breaks seems like too little or not quite enough. But a few years ago, I cooked up a new dish called Food Lit. Food Lit was inspired […]
From Good to Great with Mentor Text Study
Several years ago, I taught The House on Mango Street and I did what a lot of English teachers do while teaching The House on Mango Street — I assigned my students a vignette writing assignment using Sandra Cisnero’s work as the writing model. And I remember that assignment being good. My students worked hard […]