Collaboration through Definition

            I really appreciated the foundational, usable advice and tools offered in this week’s article of Letting Go of Literary Whiteness. The section that was particularly noteworthy was the collaborative glossary, because I have seen elements of this strategy utilized at my own student teaching practicum site. In my sixth-grade humanities class, we have what we call the […]

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give was one of those books I have been meaning to get around to reading, but never quite had the time to get to. I am so glad we had the opportunity to read it for this week. It was a truly amazing text and one every white person should read. It […]

Reframing Shakespeare: Contextualizing the 17th Century

I am an unapologetic Shakespeare stan. I absolutely love Shakespeare– I think there is so much value in learning about him and his plays, particularly out of linguistic interest. The progression and history of the English language is absolutely fascinating to me, and Shakespeare’s usage of the language is so unique, fundamental, and important to study. […]

The Best at It

Pacholy’s The Best at It is an important book. It’s funny, relatable, and a realistic look at what being a queer kid in a Midwest school is like. It’s the kind of book I would have liked to read when I was younger. It’s the first young adult book I ever read with a gay character (but […]

Disrupting the Canon

Throughout the semester, I have greatly appreciated reading Letting Go of Literary Whiteness. This text offers fantastic insights into teaching about race and literature in a way that is meaningful for both us and our students. This week is no different. I appreciated this chapter because it gave us tools to teach canonical texts that more likely […]


This week’s reading of The Crossover was such a fun break from the typical readings. It is so exciting to jump back into reading literature. I loved this book. I love the format– I think it is a great way to introduce poetry/verse to younger readers. All the poetry I remember from when I was in middle […]

Cultural Knowledge and Literature

This week’s readings had me thinking a lot about my presence in the classroom, and how I want to teach about race and other culturally relevant topics. The first example in Letting Go of Literary Whiteness, where the teacher failed to make a meaningful connection between the racially charged political cartoon and the novel they were […]

Practical Applications of Critical Literacy and the Power of Choice.

Critical Literacy is an essential component in building a culturally relevant classroom and curating an environment driven by curiosity and desire to improve the world around us. It’s the kind of classroom I’d like to have someday. Whenever I get asked, “why English?” I explain that an English education can give students the tools to […]

Starting with Literature

Kumashiro’s book chapter presented ideas and guidelines that coincide with the anti-racist education we all should be striving for. I was really interested in this particular piece because it offered an English discipline-specific approach to integrative what he describes as an “anti-oppressive education” (2004). He explains, “teaching and learning English literature in ways that challenge […]

Backwards Design When Everything Feels Backwards.

It’s 2020, and everything is awful. I don’t need to explain why.  Education feels particularly discouraging, as we trade our back-to-school season in for zoom lectures, asynchronous activities, and lots of time alone. Educators have the difficult task of creating meaningful, effective curriculum that translates to an online format. Based off of my own Zoom university […]

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