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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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Healthcare’s Marketplace: Open with Errors

Obamacare, or as it is officially known, the Affordable Care Act, has had a rough month. It began the month as the target of House Republicans determined to defund the ACA in exchange for ending the partial government shutdown. At the same time, registration opened October 1 for people who want to buy health insurance […]

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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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The Mysteries of Two Hidden Creatures: Solved?

For generations, stories of mysterious creatures that lurk beneath the sea or hide among mountain peaks have mesmerized and intrigued listeners. In Norse mythology, the serpent Jormungand is so long, he wraps around the world and holds his own tale. For decades, visitors have flocked to Scotland in hopes of seeing Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. In […]

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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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