Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn This is a charming little story about an imaginary town called Nollop. Nollop is named after Nevin Nollop the gentleman responsible for the phrase “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”. In fact, there is an impressive statue of Nevin in the middle of the town square … Continue reading Ella Minnow Pea
Washington Black by Esi Edugan (warning...just a wee bit of spoilers but there is SO MUCH MORE then what I’m about to tell you!) The action of this novel takes us to drastically different locations all over the world: Barbados, Virginia, the Arctic, Nova Scotia, London, Amsterdam, Morocco. Our main character’s name is Washington Black. … Continue reading Washington Black
"Creatures" by Crissy Van Meter Ok, it’s taken me longer than I thought to write this review. Partly because I had to stop and start and re-read a good portion of it because, well because of life, and partly it is the type of novel I needed to read carefully because I REALLY LOVED … Continue reading Review of “Creatures”
My English students are studying Gatsby. For a writing assignment I get them to choose (and this is THE most difficult part of the assignment) their favourite quote from the novel.... then write. They can responded any number of ways, I just want them to write. Write unencumbered, Write with abandon. Here are some questions … Continue reading We are loving Gatsby!
I want to write about the moon. It’s been demanding attention the last two days fully exposing itself on my drive home and then sneaking through the tiny slit in my bedroom blinds to blind me in it’s brilliance. I have to admit I was a bit worried. Wednesday my ninth graders were in fine … Continue reading To Write About the Moon
My AP Engish class wanted to have a potluck. So we did. And while we were eating our delectable meal we discussed... what else our favourite books EVER. Favourite books from our childhood. Favourite books from middle school. Favourite books from present day. And what a lovely discussion it was. The snow fell in heaps … Continue reading Potluck and Prose
Tomorrow I will get my English students to pick a passage out of "The Stone Carvers", one they found particularly profound or poetic, and then respond to it personally. This is one I wrote to use as an exemplar. If they are brave enough I will have them post their responses in the comment section…and … Continue reading Thoughts on Jane Urquhart’s “The Stone Carvers”