Category Archives: Conversation

Thanksgiving List

When I was still in the classroom, my students read a historical novel written entirely in free verse by Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust. One especially beautiful and inspiring passage was Thanksgiving List. It made a wonderful model for … Continue reading

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I Read (& Taught From) Banned Books

The Lord of the Rings, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lorax, The Diary of Anne Frank, Flowers for Algernon. What do these books have in common? At one time or … Continue reading

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Images of 9/11

Crash. Near Pittsburgh. Somerset County. Shanksville. SHANKSVILLE!!!? No! It can’t be. Several of my Facebook friends started posting the “Where were you when …” or  “What were you doing …” scenarios we so often share on a date commemorating a … Continue reading

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First pass – An ongoing conversation.

There are so many topics in the news, but none I want to address right now. They all seem to take me back into “teacher mode” – the viewpoint I want to leave behind for awhile. This does not mean … Continue reading

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