Wednesday March 5, 2014
If your budding writer craves an audience, opportunities abound for children to practice their story-writing skills and maybe even get a little recognition for their hard work. Take a look at some of my favorite story contests for kids and tell me what you think. Do you think contests help motivate young writers? Or do you think they create too much pressure? Image courtesy of fox-and-fern.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Alice Walker's brilliant 'Everyday Use,' which raises complicated questions about heritage and the ownership of heritage, makes excellent reading as Black History Month draws to a close. What do you think of Dee? What do you think of Wangero? Do you consider them a single character, or are they more like two different people? Image courtesy of lisaclarke.
Wednesday February 19, 2014
Black History Month is a perfect time to revisit James Baldwin's marvelous short story 'Sonny's Blues.' So are the other eleven months of the year. Nearly sixty years old now, the story delivers an authentic voice from inside the civil rights movement and from inside bebop -- and it offers a powerful analysis of the connection between the two. Image courtesy of Josh Semans.
Tuesday February 11, 2014
Though Valentine's Day tends to emphasize one particular kind of love narrative (usually focused on jewelry, chocolates, and flowers), we all know that real love can be much more complicated than that. Take a look at these four unusual stories for Valentine's Day -- one of which is usually considered a Christmas story -- and see what I mean. Do you have any favorite "love" stories that might not quite look like love stories? Image courtesy of jmwests.