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Articles from APRIL 2009
Yesterday I had the privilege of appearing on the WNYC radio show Soundcheck to talk about the origins of booing. The news hook was a recent Metropolitan Opera production of La Sonnambula that got booed by the audience thanks to its avant-garde staging. Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout discussed the booing incident, and I was there to provide some historical and linguistic context. Continue reading...
Writers Talk About Writing
April 8, 2009By Daphne Gray-Grant
I don't pretend to be a great public speaker; I think I had more nerve as a 14-year-old debater than I have now! But I was keenly motivated by the gleam of trophies in high school and I learned the tricks it takes to do reasonably well at speaking. In later years, I also wrote speeches for industry leaders and CEOs. So when a friend emailed to request advice on how to write speeches, I decided to summarize the seven things I know. Continue reading...
X is the Y of Z
April 7, 2009
Behind the Dictionary
Lexicographers Talk About Language
April 6, 2009By Dennis Baron
Vocab activities for your classroom
April 6, 2009By Georgia Scurletis
While many teachers may have their students keep vocabulary logs of the unfamiliar words they encounter in books they are reading or from the world at large, few require students to take the extra steps to ensure a deeper or more meaningful understanding of these words. Continue reading...
Useful sites for educators
Envisioning America... and its Literature
April 6, 2009
These cool sites contain visual elements that can bring new life to your teaching of some American classics.