Postings by Shelley NiTuama

World Literature Favorites

Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Cultural Understanding through Poetry at NCTE 2016

Richard Blanco presenting at the National Council Teachers of English
Each year over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the National Council of Teachers of English convenes a conference in a major city. This year’s gathering was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The turnout was spectacular with more than 7000 teachers of English from every level—preschool through college and university—assembled to learn about a wide range of topics under this year’s theme: “Faces of Advocacy.”Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Re-imagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

John Quidor, "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane," 1858. Smithsonian
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living. — “The Golem” episode, Sleepy Hollow television series.Washington Irving was one of the most beloved and influential writers in 19th-century America. His timeless story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” concerns the fate of a gullible and self-centered schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Mission US: Mission 5 “Up from the Dust”

Opening image from Mission US: Mission 5 “Up from the Dust”
“Life in the galloping flatlands was a pact with nature. It gave as much as it took, and in 1935 it was all take.”—Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard TimeYou are a teenager growing up on a wheat farm in the Texas panhandle in the 1930s. How will you weather the terrible dust storms that will blanket your farm and survive the coming hardships of the Great Depression? Will you tenaciously fight to remain on the bone dry land of the Great Plains or hop a freight train to seek the golden promise of California? Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Celebrating Hispanic Culture through Poetry and Fiction

Wintering Monarch butterflies
September 15–October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when the nation is called to celebrate the cultures of those Americans whose roots lead back to countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Spain.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months