Postings by Steve Moyer

A Novel Way to Hitting the Books Again

stack of books
In this Age of Common Core, English Language Arts teachers are always on the lookout for high quality articles on academic subjects which are part of the curriculum. Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a rich source of these kinds of articles. In this first of a series, we’ve collected a few articles on novelists ranging from Miguel Cervantes to Kurt Vonnegut.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

“Cato” Took to the Boards at Valley Forge, with a Nod from General Washington

“Suicide of Cato the Younger” Painting by Josef Abel 1817 Cato Uticensis.”
“A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage.” —Joseph Addison, Cato 1713Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Poet Laureate Steps Off Beaten Path, Takes Poetry to Small Towns, Rural Communities

Photo of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
“I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing her poetry with the nation. Her exchanges with Americans in small towns and rural communities are inspiring an appreciation of poetry and history—and remind us that poetry has value for all our lives.”—Carla Hayden, Librarian of CongressRead More »

“Facing the Lion”: A Memoir That Speaks Volumes about Effective Storytelling and Autobiographical Writing

Panorama of the Serengeti
In 2003 the National Geographic Society published a memoir called Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai  Lekuton in which the author describes growing up on the savannah in northern Kenya along the southern border of Ethiopia and leading a nomadic life as a member of the Maasai people. The memoir—included on NEH’s list of favorite nonfiction titles—has elements of interest to middle grade readers from age eleven to fifteen, including adventure and danger.Read More »

Pulitzer Prize-winning Book of Poetry—“Olio”— Is a Liberating Experience

Tyehimba Jess
The 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Olio by Tyehimba Jess, “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” explains a statement from the judges, “to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.” English teachers will find a wealth of source material in the book’s bibliography—from slave narratives to histories of the music of black Americans—to supplement the study of the poems themselves, whRead More »