The Words of Warcraft

Over the decade of playing World of Warcraft ™ I’ve run across a few allusions to other works in literature, music, and the arts. For fun (!) I thought I’d do some research into how many allusions appear in Azeroth. Just the other day, I came across this: There are also numerous puns: And while there are many literary references in Wow, 10 AWESOME BOOK REFERENCES IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT the pop culture ones are as valuable and endearing: List of Pop Culture References in WoW. https://www.wowhead.com/news=286599/winnie-the-pooh-reference-in- In a region called Bastion, which is full of angels and paragons, (it’s…

Series: White People Homework (22) ‘Canon’ Fodder

Districts and English departments are scrambling for “diverse” books–while some of us have been doing this work, time to continue and support.

Series: White People Homework (20) Who?

I read a Tweet yesterday about “canceling Lincoln.” No one is ‘canceling Lincoln.’ But I am asking teachers to do a much better job and overhaul the curriculum and framing of the Civil War. Here are some links from the school year 2018-2019 (8th grade Humanities) and Zinn Education Resources: https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/11/backyard-civil-war/ https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/12/backyard-civil-war-text-pairing/ https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/29/backyard-civil-war-cinematic-blues/ https://www.zinnedproject.org/if-we-knew-our-history/rethinkin-lincoln-on-the-150th-birthday-of-the-emancipation-proclamation/ Cornell Notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WT26UEwg_DImYk69wP_EPNq_n7dy7WDR/view?usp=sharing Teachers: I used this document as a shared reading piece. The students came to their own conclusions: no, Lincoln did not free the slaves. This thread by Jared Yates Sexton is also a good place to start with thinking about Lincoln’s role and…

reimaginginginginging

View this post on Instagram Correspondent @michaelsrubens spoke with an all-star panel of experts to learn how this terrifying nightmare pandemic could actually lead to some progress! You know what they say? When life hands you a devastating global pandemic, give people universal healthcare! A post shared by Samantha Bee (@fullfrontalsamb) on May 15, 2020 at 9:00am PDT A moderate teacher often uses the rhetoric of maintaining high standards without interrogating themselves —holding students to high standards of what? As my comrade G.T. Reyes wrote, “Educators …if you’re still asking about how to “hold students accountable,” I would suggest you first…

Creating Curriculum

I love curating content and creating curriculum. Here are some units I’ve put together while in #quarantine: My next projects include Greek Mythology with my Box of Destiny materials, and perhaps other units of study, such as Thesis Writing 101 and Thematic Discussions, and curated content about one or two big questions. Stay tuned! PS Here’s another one https://sites.google.com/view/mrs-loves-logical-fallacies/home

The Patron Saints of Nothing

I remember how during sophomore year, my English class read Night by Elie Wiesel while we learned about the Holocaust in World History. After we finished the book, we read the author’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. I don’t remember the exact words, but I remember how he said something about how if people don’t speak out when something wrong is happening—wherever in the world—they’re helping whoever is committing that wrong by allowing it to happen. Our class discussed the idea, and almost everyone agreed with it, even me. At least, we said we did. Never mind the fact we…

Summer Series of Saves: Discuss, please

Twitter, well, Twitter is a lot of things but it does provide some great discussion/debate threads if you’re patient to find the gems. Here are five threads that gave me some ideas for discussion questions: What causes poverty: moral failures or society’s failures? (*remember, in strong argumentative reasoning there is always the third rail) Once again, we continue to treat poverty like a moral failure. Thank you for your contribution and being the conductor on a train that is never late. https://t.co/PSW4czkIAm — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 18, 2018 Why don’t more girls sign up for computer or technology classes? …

Favorite Lessons: Box of Destiny

A wonderful question appeared on one of my ELA social media groups the other day, “What was your favorite lesson/unit you created?” and immediately I thought of the (say this in a trumpeting voice): BOX OF DESTINY! I created this prior to hearing the term ‘role play’ — not being a Dungeons and Dragons person and prior to my time in Azeroth, this idea came organically. While teaching humanities and Ancient Rome, I first create the Voices from the Grave unit, whereby students would draw a card giving them a role in Ancient Rome: it required hours of research on…