Category Archives for English

Attitudes Toward Nonstandard Language in the Classroom

For my undergraduate senior honors thesis (nearly 20 years ago now), I did a study comparing attitudes toward nonstandard dialects between a German-speaking school in Austria and an English-speaking school in the United States. I don’t have the paper in … Continue reading


26. April 2015 by Kendra
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New Adventures

A new school year starts tomorrow.  We’re in a new state, far away from Minnesota, and I’ll be embarking on new teaching adventures this year, too.This year, my setting is a small private K-10 school.  Most of the classrooms are … Continue reading


26. August 2012 by Kendra
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The Personal Creed Project

At the beginning of this school year, I moved from the traditional classroom setting at my school to the dropout recovery program. At the same time, I read and was incredibly inspired by John Creger’s book The Personal Creed Project. … Continue reading


08. May 2012 by Kendra
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Great American Speeches, part 1

I started this unit with a lecture introducing the rhetorical situation and the rhetorical triangle. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab has a PowerPoint presentation on the rhetorical situation that provides a great overview of the rhetorical situation. I used it but … Continue reading


01. February 2009 by Kendra
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