The Diderot Effect at Christmas

Who are you? What makes you who you are? Imagine you were inviting someone you just met over to your house. Except that you emptied your house of everything. You just had them come over, sit in a metal fold-out chair beside you. Oh, and your clothes are gone, except for a uniform you had to wear to a job. Now how will you tell this person who you are? How self-conscious would you feel about who they thought you were?

The things we own, the things we use and surround ourself with, become a part of who we are. We let them speak for who we are, even to ourselves. When people gift us with things, they tend to gift us things based on who they think we are. Sometimes they’re right; sometimes they’re wrong.
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“…And then he died…” The Curse of Adam Goes On

Ever read through those passages of Genesis, and get tired of all those people who are introduced, only to die in the next line?

“So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.”
“Jared lived a total of 962 years, and he died.
“Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and he died.
“Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and he died.”
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A PicLit

The only way I knew how to share my piclit poem.  Through wordpress.

Piclit is a creative tool for using visuals and and a word bank to create a literary poem accompanied by literal imagery.

It’s a neat thing to do in your spare time, but it’s also a great tool for easing students into composing poetry. The visual inspiration is there. A word bank is there. Students don’t have to stress over creating a poem from scratch. They can rely on a set of words and combine them in any number of ways.

I think the tool speaks for itself. I tried it in my classroom once, but I will say that it may work best with middle schoolers. It’s a good digital tool to introduce students to poetry.