A Little Context for Things Fall Apart

Let’s explore some information that should give you a sense that the analysis you’re doing of this novel is relevant and that it makes sense. I’m going to tell you a few facts, and then use those facts to make an argument about the dialogical nature of this text, and…

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Words You Need to Know: CONTEXT

Maybe a little caffeine isn't such a bad thing. Don't let what happened to Graham Rissel happen to you. Unless it's the part about being a really great writer and going to law school.

I’m sure this is no revelation to you, but nothing happens in a vacuum. You read this not as a neutral human being who exists outside the time-space continuum, but as a senior in high school, burdened consciously and unconsciously with all the accoutrements of senior-ness: new t-shirts, obstructed view…

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Growth Mindset (Inspired by an AP Forum Post)

The Post a Student Wrote in the Forum: Maybe we know that there is a power of sharing ideas and in our massive egos or our attention to the expectations and conventions of the world we live in, we obstruct the purity in our thoughts? Our thoughts are ghosts that we…

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The Teacher’s Explanation about “The Grand Inquisitor”

You have to know your own work style in order to tackle difficult texts.

What I think I wanted to see is whether your default mindset was to listen objectively to what a difficult text says or to filter the details through your own biases and write your thinking about the text before you had listened to it. In other words, did you lay…

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