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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

Teaching Of Mice and Men

Posted by Mary B Collins on Sep 30th 2016

Overview Commentary on Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men is a short novel--just a little over 100 pages--and the reading level isn't particularly difficult. However, because of the subject matter, it is … read more

The Key To Teaching Literature

Posted by Mary B Collins on Sep 29th 2016

The key to teaching literature effectively is to see the books as a means to an end, not an end in themselves.If I thought the books were an end in themselves, I would have quit writing about them 20 … read more

Teaching 1984 by George Orwell

Posted by Mary B Collins on Sep 27th 2016

Overview Commentary On 1984 The publisher's summary for the book 1984 by George Orwell says, "Orwell depicts a gray world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Th … read more