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Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Sal Boxford wins the November contest!

@Wreybies could you do the honours?Banana, Rosa [3,468] It’s not right for an animal to be caged. You can’t keep a creature in captivity just so a bunch of kids can be disappointed to find it isn’t the anthropomorphic best bud Disney/...

Create Great Video Lessons on iSL Collective

iSL Collective offers a huge gallery of video-based lessons designed to help students learn English. It also offers a fantastic tool for teachers to use to create their own video-based lessons. iSL Collective’s video lesson creator le...

A Community of Passionate Readers

Most teachers are hopeful that their students will be more than just competent readers—we want them to be passionate readers. But schools can’t foster this passion alone. If we want to help our students become lifelong lovers of text, w...

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession Anyone who has contemplated the time and effort needed to become a serious writer of fiction undoubtedly...

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Can my Children be friends with White People?

There is this prism through which everything can be explained in Manichean terms It’s like a juicy poison chalice which comes in a novelty mug and for one additional pound some super boost matcha powder before those health benefits kick i...

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That Other Bad Day

Part two of “Another Bad Day”Christopher Joseph Brent always hated doctors. They never had anything important to say; they always had answers to questions he didn’t have and were clueless to the ones he did ask. They seemed to...

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Happy Ending

Does the somewhat understated tone fit with the story? Does the ending work or is it too simplistic? Should the story be longer or is the current length sufficient? All critique appreciated. Felicity realized that she should have brought a ...

Universities Need to Change Their Approach to Mental Illness

“Look, we just can’t have the head of our leadership development program talking about how he has a mental illness. It’s just the reality we have to deal with.” I stared back at the speaker. A leader at a prestigious Canadian univer...

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the ass of an angel in the clouds

It’s a translation from french that’s why the rimes are not respected (sorry). The ass of an angel in the clouds And I am there my ass sits on the beach My empty mind like a first white page My mouth opened my eyes i...

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