Monthly Archives: June 2017

Raze (vt)

If you’re teaching the Fall of Rome, or invasions and empire building in general, in your social studies class, this context clues worksheet on the transitive verb raze helpful.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Rotten Reviews: Youth and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

“It would be useless to pretend that they can be very widely read.”

Manchester Guardian

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

Cultural Literacy: Imperialism

Given the state of the world at the moment, now seems as good a time as any to post this Cultural Literacy worksheet on imperialism.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Ambrose Bierce on History

“History n. An account mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.”

Ambrose Bierce

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.

Rotten Reviews: Winesburg, Ohio

“We sympathize with Mr. Anderson and with what he is trying to do. He tries to find honest mid-American gods. Yet either he never does quite find them or he can never precisely set forth what he has found. It seems probable that he caricatures even Winesburg, Ohio.”

The Nation

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

Superlative (adj)

Here’s a context clues worksheet on the adjective superlative. I’ve used this in a variety of places, including lessons on the degrees of adjectives and their uses.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Cyril Connolly on Decadence

“The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.”

Cyril Connolly

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.

Cultural Literacy: The Great Depression

Because I work in an economics-and-finance-themed high school, this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Great Depression sees a fair amount of service. It’s a handy do-now exercise for any number of lessons in the United States History curriculum, I would think.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Rotten Reviews: Maggie, A Girl of the Streets

“…we should classify Mr. Crane as a rather promising writer of the animalistic school. His types are mainly human beings of the order which makes us regret the power of literature to portray them. Not merely are they low, but there is little that it is interesting in them.”

The Nation

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

Langston Hughes on Deferring Dreams

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”

Langston Hughes “A Dream Deferred” (1936)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.