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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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A PBL Take: Final Thoughts on Diane Cooke’s New Wilderness

Cooke’s well-developed prose drew us in from the beginning of the novel. The vivid descriptions of the nature and setting in which the characters live and battle for survival added richness to the plot and demonstrated the severity of the … Continue reading

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Leveraging Leadership: A Natural Struggle for Power

In the untamed wild, an alpha will always emerge to take control. In her shocking new novel, The New Wilderness, Diane Cook explores the importance of leadership. When Carl first talked with Bea about leading together, saying “ I think you’re powerful. And I think we could be very powerful together”, she was skeptical. Bea thought the group … Continue reading

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Marriage and Memory in Burnt Sugar

Subjectivity can be traced throughout Avni Doshi’s novel Burnt Sugar and exists in its very framework, with an unreliable narrator telling her story through details from her insulated perspective. The novel’s central story around memory and its loss portrays how memory itself … Continue reading

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The New Wilderness: Unexplored Territory

We’re excited to read Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness, a fascinating tale of family sacrifice intertwined with the harsh reality of modern pollution. Volunteers trek from a packed metropolis to the last remaining wildlife reserve to live as hunter-gatherers. A mother must bring her daughter into this … Continue reading

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From Poverty to Poetry- Carl Sandburg’s Life and its Influence on his Writing

Carl Sandburg was a very complex poet despite the fact that the majority of his poems and writing incorporate themes of industrial and natural life. While his poetry expressed virtually the same theme and topic in each piece, Sandburg used … Continue reading

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The Power of Words

When reading Maya Angelou’s poetry, there is a connection in a sense that she speaks to her readers in an abstract way. Her poems possess themes that allow the audience to feel connected and relateable. In her poem “Still I … Continue reading

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Dear Black Child- Black Children are Worthy

Hey Black ChildDo you know who you areWho you really areDo you know you can beWhat you want to beIf you try to beWhat you can be Hey Black ChildDo you know where you are goingWhere you’re really goingDo you … Continue reading

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From Painting to Poetry: Exploring E. E. Cummings’ Many ‘Talents’

Many people know very little about the visual art of E. E. Cummings, but most likely because in comparison to his poetic work, the quality was extremely lacking. Cummings’ paintings that he created centered on soft colors, surrealist portraits, and … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich Inspired Media

Adrienne Rich, a modern American poet, has inspired many pieces of media during and after her lifetime. As a writer and poet, Rich has used her status to encourage the improvement of women’s rights and the many other minorities that … Continue reading

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