Blogs tagged "informational text"

“The Belief that Flight is Possible to Man”: A Historic Letter for the Classroom

Rear view of Wilbur Wright making a right turn with the Wright Glider
For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. —Wilbur Wright’s letter to Octave Chanute, dated May 13, 1900Read More »
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Migrate to “In the Time of the Butterflies”

Monarch butterfly
A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart. —Julia AlvarezRead More »
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Emerson for the Classroom

Emersons "Old Manse" in Concord, MA
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."—Ralph Waldo EmersonRead More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck

Immigrants at Ellis Island
We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers.—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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What’s the Right Balance between Informational and Literary Texts?

Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since 1989. He is the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His scholarly books include The Pragmatic Mind (1997), Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), and Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001). Read More »
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