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Five Reasons to Teach "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving

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Five Reasons to Teach "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving

When the leaves start to change and the weather gets a bit cooler, that means it’s almost time for my go-to Halloween story:  Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In the lineup of American authors, I feel like Irving gets short shrift. Sure, his stories aren’t super deep, but they’re fun, which should count for something! They are also some of the first works that can be considered distinctly American. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are five reasons to teach the short stories of Washington Irving. Washington Irving was America’s first celebrity writer. In the...

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Why Young People Need Hero Stories Now More Than Ever

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Why Young People Need Hero Stories Now More Than Ever

Navigating the journey of life is tough, and students need to be prepared. As schools build up their support systems, there is an additional (and perhaps unexpected) way to fortify young people against the challenges of life: teach them hero stories. 

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Ten Reasons for Teaching Moby Dick

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Ten Reasons for Teaching Moby Dick

Most people probably wouldn’t equate Moby Dick with fun, but it’s honestly my favorite work to teach. Here are ten reasons why.

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Five Reasons for Teaching Early American Literature

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Five Reasons for Teaching Early American Literature

Teaching Early American Literature isn’t easy. Native American literature covers many different tribal traditions and customs, so where do you start? Even those who deeply respect the Puritans, probably can’t categorize their writings as “fun.” And the more you learn about the first explorers here in America, the more you seem to dislike them. So why not just skip America’s early years? Aren’t they just our country’s awkward transition time? Well, not exactly.

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Five Reasons For Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Five Reasons For Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Medieval British Literature might not be your thing, but it’s time to give the Pearl Poet’s masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a second look! Here are five reasons to teach Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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