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K-12 Meets MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)

If you have not had the opportunity to learn about and work with a MOOC, now is the right time to take advantage of advancing your learning in a digital environment that works with your schedule. What is a MOOC? Massive Open Online Course is any free course available in an online university environment with […]

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FREE! Great Gatsby and the (New) American Dream

FREE! Literary classics often provide Hollywood with storylines. The 2013 release of a Baz Luhrman’s new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby provides a new lens through which readers may examine this classic book. The Great Gatsby is a perennial favorite in high school American literature courses. The hero (or anti-hero), Jay Gatsby, simultaneously chases […]

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Service in the Community

In January every year, Americans observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Politicians and civic leaders urge Americans to use this holiday as an action and civic commitment in order to promote Dr. King’s legacy. In 1994, President Clinton signed the King Holiday and Service Act into law which brings diverse groups of […]

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Where Did Halloween Come From?

On one special night each year, ghosts, goblins, witches, and other odd creatures flood the streets around the world. What is the meaning of this strange occurrence? It is Halloween, of course! Eeeeeks! Before October 31, people begin decking out their houses with witches, black spiders and cobwebs, and jack-o-lanterns. They flock to the store […]

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I See What You Mean

Think of English class and what comes to mind? Probably topics related to literature, poetry, and writing. Probably not graphs. Those are relegated to math and science classes. But why? Students encounter graphic information, or infographics, in nonfiction texts across disciplines, in textbooks, professional articles, newspapers, magazines, and online. Most state standards and Common Core […]

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Heart-pounding Literature Apro-Poe for Halloween

In the realm of high school English classes, a commonplace trigger that prompts students to read classic literary pieces is usually teacher prodding. An exception to this exercise is the work of Edgar Allen Poe. His writing is brilliantly spooky, and often musters interest by the most indifferent of students. Poe’s multi-dimensional horror is a […]

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Halloween Safety

Keep the subject of Halloween fun and educational by exploring the following web sites with your class. They will learn safety tips to take the fright out of trick-or-treating. A study of pumpkins is sure to keep your students’ attention. With so many new sights and sounds on Halloween, what is fact and what is […]

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