Stories Told. Lives Changed.
”Anyone who survives adolescence has enough material to write about for the rest of their life.” ~Flannery O’Connor We were the power couple of St. Ephrem’s Elementary School. We were Kevin and Whinnie. Zack and Kelly. Dylan and Brenda. Megan and I were in the throes of a modern romance for most of 7th grade. […]
Since September I ‘ve been teaching high school seniors the art of college essay writing. This unit offers diverse challenges because every student is writing a unique, personal narrative that’s a reflective presentation of themselves. But for me, the biggest challenge lies in encouraging high school students to break away from the rigidness of “school writing”. For years students have […]
Line: “I was a coward. I went to war.” From: “On the Rainy River” from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. These two simple, declarative sentences conclude O’Brien’s complex short story “On the Rainy River” which details the emotional anguish O’Brien wrestled with while considering the following… to accept his Vietnam draft notice or abandon his family, trash […]