Blogs tagged "narrative"

Cultivating Hope through “Esperanza Rising”

Mexican girl takes a moment’s rest from her strenuous picking job
I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there? ―Pam Muñoz RyanRead More »
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American Literature Selections

Willa Cather homestead, rural Webster County, Nebraska
“American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.” —Christopher DawsonRead More »
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Spying for “A White Heron”

Whatever treasures were lost to her, woodlands and summer−time, remember! Bring your gifts and graces and tell your secrets to this lonely country child.—“A White Heron”June is the perfect month to discover “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett. Set in in rural Maine at the end of the nineteenth century, this short story, a seamless example of a local color narrative, is also a universal tale of female coming-of-age that transcends place and time.Read More »
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Crafting a “New” English in “Things Fall Apart”

Ojiako Ezenne with his family, c. 1913
There is that great proverb—that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.—Chinua AchebeA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 9–10 (Appendix B), Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart deals with the clash of cultures and the violent transitions brought about by British colonialism in Nigeria at the end of the 19th century.Read More »
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Plumbing Zora Neale Hurston’s Voice for the Classroom

Flowering Pear Tree Macro
I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads. —Zora Neale HurstonA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 11 – College and Career Readiness (Appendix B) Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is more than simply the coming-of-age story of a woman finding herself and extending her horizons.Read More »
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