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17 High School Urban Legends We Want to Believe

By Elaine AtwellOctober 24, 2016
There is a world underneath the world of education. Messages embedded in the static of the morning announcements, treasures hiding in the chalkboard dust, and a secret set of rules known only to a few. You may have heard of some of these classroom legends, but others... More  →
17 High School Urban Legends We Want to Believe

Blogging The Odyssey: Part 8 (Odysseus is Back, and This Time It's Personal)

By ElodieOctober 21, 2016
Last time on Blogging The Odyssey, Odysseus finally finished telling his story. Presumably, this took the better part of twelve hours. Of all the memes currently plaguing our various feeds and dashboards, my favorite would have to be the record scratch/freeze frame one because nothing... More  →
Blogging <em>The Odyssey</em>: Part 8 (Odysseus is Back, and This Time It's Personal)

Blogging 1984: X (Part 3, Chapters 1 & 2)

By Janet ManleyOctober 21, 2016
Previously in Blogging 1984, Julia and Winston were busted by the Thought Police and a Very Important Motif met its demise on the floor of Mr. Charrington's shop. 1 Winston is in a holding cell at the Ministry of Love. Ordinary prisoners—your Proles—are as rambunctious... More  →
Blogging 1984: X (Part 3, Chapters 1 & 2)

Blogging The Crucible, Act 2: Hello, Poppet

By Elaine AtwellOctober 19, 2016
Hello and welcome back to The Crucible, the play about witchcraft, vengeance, and other things people did to pass the time before Netflix. When last we left the town of Salem, several young girls, led by Abigail Williams, got caught dancing naked... More  →
Blogging <i>The Crucible</i>, Act 2: Hello, Poppet

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 8 (In Which Holden Actually Feels Good)

By Emma W.October 18, 2016
Last time, Holden insulted Sally on their no good, very bad date and then got drinks with a sort-of old friend named Carl, whom he harasses about his sex life, as you'd expect from a teenage boy, but not from one like Holden, who... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 8 (In Which Holden Actually Feels <i>Good</i>)

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 19, 1975

By Nicole DiekerOctober 18, 2016
Dear Diary, Every year James Potter and his friends attempt some new way of confounding me and every year I resolve to remain unconfounded. When they were third-years, the four of them all took Polyjuice potion and came to class as each other. They did not, however, go so... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 19, 1975

Shakespeare Plays Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

By ElodieOctober 17, 2016
At best, Shakespeare’s plays are bit difficult. At worst, they are a baffling jumble of non-words and should be thrown into the fire immediately. I spend most of my time looking for Shakespeare lines that I can take out of context to suit my own nefarious purposes, so I More  →
Shakespeare Plays Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

Blogging The Odyssey: Part 7 (The Worst Ways to Die in Greek Mythology)

By ElodieOctober 14, 2016
Last time on Blogging The Odyssey, Odysseus went to the underworld and a bunch of dead people complained in his general direction. Odysseus has made some mistakes. No one’s saying otherwise. He blinded a Cyclops, he invoked the wrath of Poseidon, and remember that... More  →
Blogging <em>The Odyssey</em>: Part 7 (The Worst Ways to Die in Greek Mythology)

This is the Harry Potter Question That Keeps Me Up at Night

By ElodieOctober 13, 2016
Maybe you’re a normal, well-adjusted, self-actualized human being who doesn’t spend every waking moment analyzing the finer points of Harry Potter. If that’s the case, you might as well move along. Go on, clear out. There’s nothing here for you. If you’re not one of those... More  →
This is the Harry Potter Question That Keeps Me Up at Night

Blogging The Scarlet Letter Part 7 (Chapters 13-15)

By Emily BrownOctober 12, 2016
Last we heard, Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth rendez-vous-ed under a meteor shower. It didn't go well. Find every installment here! Chapter 13: Another View of Hester Pearl is seven now, so she's at peak cheekiness. Since Pearl was born, Hester has devoted her life to... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i> Part 7 (Chapters 13-15)