Stories Worth Re-Telling

DARMOK: The Power of Metaphor & Cultural Stories

By |2023-03-04T09:01:52-07:00March 3rd, 2023|

NOTE: I've been teaching Latin almost exclusively with Roman myths lately - with very positive results. I shared this Darmok activity some time ago. Since this technique is working so well, it bears repeating. Download the updated Darmok classroom activity here. If you love science fiction, like I do, [...]


By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00March 11th, 2016|

You know those one-sheet homemade ads you see on lampposts around town? The kind that are popular on college campuses? The kind with the little tear off tabs? I have been experimenting with similar fake ads for my students to enjoy before they get into the classroom. The goal [...]


By |2015-10-22T20:32:50-06:00October 22nd, 2015|

Here is an email from Christopher, a Spanish I teacher who has been teaching the La Llorona embedded reading. A student took it upon himself to rewrite the story from the husband's point of view. Very creative, recycling of vocabulary. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks so much for [...]

Quote of the Day 12/8/11

By |2017-10-11T13:22:19-06:00December 8th, 2011|

STORIES “Writers are [like] a crazy person. We create conflict - for a living. We do this all the time, sometimes on a weekly basis; we create horrible, incredible circumstances and then figure a way out of them. That's what we do.” Joss Whedon, US screenwriter (Toy Story, Buffy [...]

Examples of Student Essays

By |2011-11-15T05:38:42-07:00November 13th, 2011|

There are examples of recent student essays on the "Free Stuff" page on this website.  Look in the "Workshops Downloads" section. Students wrote these essays in class after we had read and discussed three versions of the legend of La Llorona the day before.  All reading and discussion was [...]


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