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…

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…

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…

Backyard Civil War

In 2015, one of the best years of my teaching career, I taught 7th-grade Humanities in a tech academy setting. Part of the joy was the freedom to create curriculum. (Once in a while there is someone who thinks a teacher-created curriculum is a threat to western civilization, but those voices usually belong to those who don’t understand agency, autonomy, and professionalism.) Sitting down with a partner, myself, or a PLC we strive for engagement, purpose, and relevancy. The rigor is embedded in the engagement, and engagement doesn’t always look like what is on the evaluation check-boxes. Teacher-created curriculum is…

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? …

Summer Series of Saves: Genre

My sweet friend posts the cutest things on social media (in contrast to my doom-and-gloom handwringing posts). This is such a great idea of how to explain genre to students–yes, the lyrics are a little spicey but rest assured I always get parent permission for my 8th-grade students. This would be such a fun engaging activity: give student groups songs and randomize styles of music. Play examples of different musical genres and have students identify key characteristics. I’m curious as to what some of your favorite genres might be, too: [socialpoll id=”2512344″]  

Summer Series of Saves: Disrupt the Essay, Continued. (IV)

Three examples of how an essay structure can be dismantled and put back together: I. Chuck Wendig retells The Three Little Pigs: #literaryanalysis essay: Chuck uses the medium of Twitter to take on a writing challenge and analyzing The Three Little Pigs and how it relates to capitalism. That one is easy. Let’s do it. First, let’s retell the THREE LITTLE PIGS. https://t.co/YGlRU0hhRg — Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) July 10, 2018 II. This is America, Childish Gambino, Donald Glover – from Genius Think how we co-construct meaning and share insight into art and music. Quotes and sections of these insights provide…

Summer Series of Saves: Dismantling the Essay (III)

Black women are superheroes. pic.twitter.com/9s2bssliqW — Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 5, 2018 Ok, America. Your July 4th/Independence Day thing is coming up. Here are a few things that I think you should re-read or read for the first time. I have included audio where possible so you don’t have any excuses. 1/ pic.twitter.com/lRMiYroS1s — Val Brown (@ValeriaBrownEdu) July 3, 2018 My goal this summer includes curating a new concept of what an essay is and can be.  I sent my request out to the good educators on Twitter, tagging @ncte and @writingproject, and received a few ideas. Some switched up…