The Suitcase in the Mirror: cracking The Jabberwock

One of my favorite poems to teach is Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwock.” It is fun to memorize, and thrilling to recite. ‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves/did gyre and gimble on the wabe. It’s pure, exhilarating nonsense. To steal the kids’ slang, it’s epic. It’s also one big suitcase of cool lessons. I’ve been teachingContinue reading “The Suitcase in the Mirror: cracking The Jabberwock”

Wishes, Lies, Dreams

I’m going to start off by telling you one of my secrets. Frog Hollow writes tons of poetry. That’s no secret, and it’s no secret that with the right infectious enthusiasm, teaching poetry to children can help them get lit up about writing, about language, and about the centuries-long conversation about the human experience thatContinue reading “Wishes, Lies, Dreams”

Welcome to the Frog Hollow Blog

Welcome to the Frog Hollow Blog. Here you can find periodic ruminations on teaching writing and everything that relates, including some of my tried and true lessons. Please try them, and let me know how it goes. And meanwhile, consider the word┬árumination. It’s no mistake it sounds suspiciously like┬áruminant. It means, quite literally, to chewContinue reading “Welcome to the Frog Hollow Blog”