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Resources: Origins of Nursery Rhymes

A culture’s stories can tell you a lot about their values.  Sometimes these are transparent, sometimes they require a deeper understanding of subversive story telling practices.  Many people don’t realize how many English nursery rhymes have (often disasterous) political origins. … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Today (February 21, 2011) is the 11th annual International Mother Language Day.  It’s the day that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asks us to recognize and honor the strength that linguistic diversity brings us.   This blog has … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Poems in the style of Alice Walker

One of my colleagues, Erin Kiley, reports a highly successful activity for teaching writing.  Asking students to write a poem “in the style of” another poem teaches them about the form of the language and forces them to choose their … Continue reading

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