literature

Five Ways to Teach Classics in High School Literature Class

Shakespeare. The Bard. A true genius in literary circles. Ask anyone with an advanced degree in the subject. And some without a degree at all concur. Me? Not so much. That didn’t stop me from teaching OTHELLO in four sophomore classrooms a few weeks ago. What I mean by “teach” is to let an audio …

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Two Honors Classes Prove the Truth about Theme

Two classes of fifteen juniors in high school read the same story and come up with completely different themes for the story. What truth about theme could this possibly prove? Read on if you haven’t already guesses the answer. (Or scroll to the end if you’re THAT person.) As an author, I think about theme. …

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Do Real People have fatal flaws? Or is that reserved for fictional characters?

Fatal flaw: the motivator or personality trait (key element) that causes a person’s downfall. In the early days of literature, this concept was called “hamartia.” Yes, it’s from Ancient Greek. I’m sure other literature majors who read this blog might recognize it. Sometimes I like to throw around terminology that might expand your vocabulary. Because …

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Three Young Adult books everyone should Read

Feel the wind in my hair. See the passing scenery. Experience the joy only the telling of a good story births in my heart, soul and mind. Books too numerous to name have impacted me. Some of them changed my opinion or beliefs. Others resonated on a spiritual level. Many made me weep and many …

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Hamlet – Not much of a Hero

While critics everywhere agree that Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular play, those same scholars find little to admire in the title character. He seems plagued by a “lack of will to act,” they say. While watching the 1996 Branagh version of Hamlet, I followed the text in my weighty textbook. A few additions (from another …

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