Learning from Twain

Samuel Clemens. Currently my students are reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel fraught with controversy, yet a novel with a message of hope.  My students are slowly getting into it as I allow them to record their favorite phrases from the novel on the board as we go through the novel. We are notContinue reading “Learning from Twain”

Good Writing Should Tell the Truth

One of my favorite writers is Wendell Berry, an essayist, poet, novelist, farmer, activist and environmentalist.  He is a wise sage of our time, pointing out our society’s problems and struggles with uncanny accuracy. In a letter to an English teacher who wrote to him about the subject, Berry writes: The thought that I keep returning to isContinue reading “Good Writing Should Tell the Truth”