Connecting With the Classics: Dracula

I stole the title of this blog post, and my post on Beowulf, from an episode of the NCTE/IRA podcast Text Messages about ways to engage students with classic stories. You can play that episode right here. All-Action Classics: Dracula by Michael Mucci My rating: 4 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoy reading books … More Connecting With the Classics: Dracula

RDG 514 Portfolio Piece #2: A Novel

Gone, by Michael Grant (2008), is Lord of the Flies *(Golding, 1999) for the current generation. In Perdido Beach, California, everyone over the age of fifteen disappears in an instant. Everyone else is left to fend for themselves without adult supervision. But there’s a barrier between Perdido Beach, rechristened The FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) and … More RDG 514 Portfolio Piece #2: A Novel

Classic Summer Reads

Despite the big debate between teaching classical literature, teaching YA literature or teaching a combination of the two, a Teen Fiction website that I follow has suggested a few good reads out of the classical canon for teens this summer. I love reading lists. And I love adding to my ever-growing stash of reading lists … More Classic Summer Reads

The Ideal Woman

As my next long-term project, I’m going tackle Jane Eyre. I say long term becasue I downloaded the eBook from Planet eBook, and sometimes things take longer to read when they’re on the computer. My guess is it has something to do with the chair. I was looking at EDSITEment earlier and one of the … More The Ideal Woman

A Modest Proposal

I recently downloaded a reading of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” from Librivox. When I did, I couldn’t help but remembering the modest proposal parody that was published in The Exponent when I was student teaching. The Swift piece is a must read (or hear), and the parody is a must read. It amuses me … More A Modest Proposal