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Allusions in Literature

Posted by Mary B Collins on Nov 2nd 2016

We often define the term allusion when we're talking about literary devices, but did you ever stop to think about the real value of reading literature that is full of allusions--or what you could do w … read more

3 Reasons To Use Rubrics With Every Assignment

Posted by Mary B Collins on Oct 24th 2016

"What the heck is a rubric?" I innocently asked. Turns out, it's just a form specifying the criteria for the acceptable completion of an assignment. It takes some time to create a good rubric, but the … read more

New to Teaching Literature? 5 Things You Should Know

Posted by Mary B Collins on Oct 17th 2016

Some things would have been good to know in my early years of teaching literature. Here are five of them (in no particular order; they're all important): 1. You Don't Have To Know EVERYTHING.First o … read more

3 Ways to Deal With Vocabulary in Your Novel Unit

Posted by Mary B Collins on Oct 11th 2016

It's October now--time for Halloween and spooky stories. A great time to teach the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. But, sadly, many students won't be reading Poe this October. Why not? Because P … read more

Teaching The Scarlet Letter

Posted by Mary B Collins on Oct 5th 2016

Overview CommentaryThe social revolution of the late 1960's and early 1970s in America broke the chains of our country's moral conscience that had bound us to "right" and "wrong" regarding our persona … read more