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Deep Thoughts

Thoughts from the masters.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Joseph Conrad

To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.

Joseph Conrad
Richard Yates

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

Richard Yates
Louise Erdrich

“We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.”

Louise Erdrich
Mr. Pogreba

Mr. Pogreba

AP Language, Debate, and Word Clues
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Travel Time!

August is the time for travel, this year to Iceland, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands. If you want to follow the trip, I’ll probably do some posting on my travel blog and will almost certainly post some pictures. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Sign Up With Remind!

If you are the kind of person who might forget a test date or essay deadline, you might give some thought to signing up for class reminders, using the free Remind service, which will use your text or e-mail to gently nudge you to complete an assignment or study. AP Language Debate  

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Summer 2016 Discussion Group

This post will have all the topics for the 2016 Summer Discussion Group. During the summer, let’s meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Scenic Brew unless otherwise noted. If you have ideas for topics, please feel free to send them my way. June 8, 2016: The Canon Is Sexist, Racist, Colonialist, and Totally Gross. Yes, […]

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Final Week, Final Thought

Thanks for letting me share the classroom with you all for a semester. In the midst of the hectoring about essays, rants about “the most beautiful sentence ever written,” and criticism of the system, you all found at least a few moments of knowledge or wisdom that will last beyond this semester. I’ll close this […]

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English III/Honors English III: Major Author Notes

Here are the notes on some of the major authors from the environmental authors we studied in the Wilderness Unit: Henry David Thoreau Notes Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature Notes Rachel Carson Aldo Leopold John Muir  

Teaching Rhetoric

Resources for teaching Rhetoric in your AP Language classes and for general instruction are located here.

Writing Guide

A full set of writing instruction materials including grammar and essay writing tips are available here.

Philosophy

A full set of instructional materials for teaching philosophy, from Socrates to Sartre, are available here.

“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” –Henry David Thoreau