Tag Archives: Homeschooling

7 Ways to Strengthen Democracy Through Language Arts

This political season has me thinking about the importance of teaching democratic skills to children. In fact, I’ve been thinking about it with the kind of starry-eyed civic hope that maybe only elementary school teachers can summon. It’s the kind of … Continue reading

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Look and You’ll See: Observation as Writing and Social Practice

We began this year by doing observational writing. I took my classes to different places — a community garden, a meadow — and had them write down things they noticed. I asked them to only write down things they had … Continue reading

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The Disaster of the Cranky Crankie

So Lady Gaga had just gotten back from space and was wearing a hotdog costume. Hitler came up to her and said, “You look like a Wiener Schnitzel.” She says to him, “This is a bad romance, Adolf.” But I … Continue reading

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Chinook Jargon

Continuing in our explorations of translation, my class has been playing around with Chinook Jargon. Chinook Jargon is the trade language of the Northwest, a pidgin of English, French, and several Salish languages. It was widely spoken through the 1800’s, … Continue reading

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