Teaching Poetry

Students often resist poetry, in part because as teachers we tend to present our interpretations of poems . . . without helping students discover their own perspectives and views. One of my fundamental beliefs about literature is that there can be “wrong” interpretations (when we misread the text), but there …

Book Suggestion

Yesterday, I worked with students at Berg VGS here in Oslo; Karianne had asked me to introduce students in two of her classes to immigrant literature. I started out with a chapter from Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, “Geraldo No Last Name.” Stories by Cisneros are included in …