Creating individual account logins for teachers, students and administrative staff. Continue reading...
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Articles from SEPTEMBER 2011
Exploring the pathways of our lexicon
September 9, 2011By Ben Zimmer
In a speech on Tuesday anticipating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that it was time to retire the name "Ground Zero" when referring to the World Trade Center site. "We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as 'Ground Zero,'" Bloomberg said. "But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum." That's quite a mouthful. Continue reading...
Behind the Dictionary
Lexicographers Talk About Language
September 8, 2011By Neal Whitman
The movies have me in a venge-ful mood these days. Among the surfeit of superhero movies this summer there was Captain America: The First Avenger. This movie, along with Thor and last summer's Iron Man 2, is a prelude to next summer's The Avengers, showcasing the Marvel superhero team that features these characters. Continue reading...
Useful sites for educators
September 8, 2011
If you are wondering how to approach 9/11 in your classroom, turn to one of these excellent news sites for educators:
Euphemisms old and new
September 7, 2011By Mark Peters
I don't often feel like I'm contributing much to the world, because I'm not. Doctors, teachers, librarians, and people making dog-sprinkler videos are all benefiting society more than yours truly. Continue reading...
Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
September 6, 2011By Michele Dunaway
In my column "The Dead Letter Classroom," I argued that we needed to be teaching students how to write letters. In this piece, I'm going to tell you specifically how I do it and how I use letters to teach English skills in a timely, relevant manner. Continue reading...
Writers Talk About Writing
September 2, 2011By Merrill Perlman
Merrill Perlman considers why writers avoid the word "oral" and use "verbal" instead. Continue reading...