Category Archives: Project-Based Learning

Feminism in Great Circle

Our #LitCircle recently started reading Maggie Shipstead’s 2021 novel GreatCircle, which was nominated for the Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of Marian Graves, a fictional female pilot, who attempts to fly around the world. At the same time, … Continue reading

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An Unorthodox & Emotional Start

The passionate, non-traditional opening of Anuk Arudpragasam’s A Passage North can be characterized by the lack of rising action, as readers are thrown directly into Krishan’s emotional adventure. The opening pages also introduce the theme of loss. Anuk Arudpragasam immediately transports … Continue reading

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An Unfortunate Story: A Podcast on The Fortune Men

Set in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, the talented Nadifa Mohamed tells the story of a Somali sailor in the 1950s who is convicted of the murder of a woman – Violet Volacki – that he did not commit and is eventually … Continue reading

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We ARE Talking About This

Let us talk about what no one is talking about: No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood’s Booker Prize Nominated novel. Over the past few months, we have dived into this unique story of a woman living in the … Continue reading

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Visions on Bewilderment

If your mind is bewildered on which shortlisted Booker Prize Novel to choose for your next read, this podcast may seal the deal. Trent invites Hannah and Hope to discuss their insights on the novel Bewilderment by Richard Powers, as … Continue reading

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A Passage North Podcast – Ben and Frankie

On the surface, A Passage North, by Anuk Arudpragasam, appears to be a book that follows a grieving boy named Krishan during his journey following the Sri Lankan civil war. Krishan starts the trip in his home of Colombo, Sri … Continue reading

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The Secret War of Independence

Near the beginning of The Shadow King, Aster is presented as this sort of mean stepmother, who uses Hirut as an outlet for her anger that should be directed towards her husband, Kidane. As readers, we learn that Hirut was … Continue reading

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Shuggie Bain Minecraft Scene Proposal

Themes:  Temperament- Big shug has anger issues. They stem from his frustration with his life/standing in society. He then takes this frustration and blames it on Agnes effectively gaslighting her.   He tells her he is leaving her because he cannot make her … Continue reading

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Social-Emotional Learning in Real Life

One really interesting angle to understand Brandon Taylor’s Real Life is through a Social-Emotional Learning lens. Mark Bracket describes the difference between an “emotional scientist” and a “emotional judge” in his work. A “emotional scientist” recognizes, examines, learns from emotions and accordingly regulates their response. An “emotional judge” decides if feelings are “right” or “wrong” without much reflection … Continue reading

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Appreciating Our Literature Circles aka #LitCircles

How can we measure growth or create a capstone assessment at the top of a vertical design? What makes a novel literary? How do we locate a novel’s literary qualities? How can a project encourage opportunities for life-long reading? How … Continue reading

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