“A woman is not a potted plant.”
Wait, what? The look of confusion on my student’s faces was prominent as I stood in front of the class with Alice Walker’s poem, “A Woman is Not a Potted Plant” and asked them what they thought that title meant.
Poetry. It’s beautiful. It’s complicated. And students often struggle to grasp the deeper meaning. Continue reading
I am not a big fan of annotations, mostly because I hated them when I was in high school and I feel that students are often distracted by them because they stop comprehending and instead focus on what they should mark to get a good annotation grade. That being said….I do think that note-taking is important while reading, as both a during reading and post-reading strategy. That’s why I like this Marginal Notes strategy. Continue reading