Juneteenth: A 2019 Conversation

Juneteenth became a national day of observance by former-President Barack Obama in 2014. Though for many citizens today its significance remains largely unknown in summary; Juneteenth marks a day–June 19, 1865– when 250,000 slaves in Texas were finally ordered by the United States government to be set free.

Though the Emancipation Proclamation had already gone into effect, it took 2 ½ years for all practices of chattel and forced free-labor slavery to be completely abolished in the U.S–and Juneteenth commemorates that day.

In January the following legislation…

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Book Review | Listen & Level Up with Pearson English Readers | Literacy Center

Pearson, a conduit of education publishing and assessment services, understands the needs of English learners.

The English Readers Series attempts to streamline the process of developing listening comprehension by offering an array of titles, all of which include plans for pre-reading and post-reading analysis and further online lesson plans.

The books in the English Readers Series are helpful tools because Pearson understands that the key to listening comprehension is finding a text that aligns with learners’ interests.

With a number of genres available (original works, sports, contemporary fiction, autobiographies), you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a title to enjoy.

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Q & A | Making Connections | Literacy Center

In October, I was at to sit down with another staff tutor at the Literacy Center for a quick Q & A about her tutoring experience.

Diedre Deering and her learner, Malvin Brooks, during one of their tutoring sessions in the Literacy Center’s tutor library. Diedre is the Executive Assistant at the Literacy Center, and she and Malvin have been meeting together since May 2017.

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Book Review | Learner English | Literacy Center

Learner English: a teacher’s guide to interference and other problems

Learner English is a resource staple for many teachers and trainers of English language learners and is designed to help you predict your learner’s possible errors by examining their mother-tongue. Languages Included: French, Greek, Speakers of West African Languages, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish/Catalan, Arabic, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Italian, Polish and a few more.

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August 2018 copy

Q & A | Tutor Spotlight | Literacy Center

At the Literacy Center of West Michigan, we are serious about not just talking the talk of literacy but also walking the walk. Most of our staff members are also tutors themselves.

Join me for a Q & A with Ariel who was the Literacy Center’s AmeriCorps Coordinator at the Literacy Center and has been tutoring Mike Crumb since February 2016.

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Blog Post | Dancing with Strangers | Stories from Africa | Literacy Center

Today we will be examining a stage three book from Oxford Publishing’s award-winning series, Dancing with Strangers: Stories from Africa.

The four stories presented in the book take readers on rich journeys through vibrant settings with relatable characters. From inside a bar within the bustling streets city of Johannesburg to an uncomfortable seat on a plane back to South Africa; to a dance floor in Tanzania then off to Uganda to read about two strangers brought together by accidents of war. These stories were written by African natives M.G. Vassanji, Jackee Budesta Batanda, Jack Cope, and Mandla Langa, who give an authentic insight into a vast, diverse culture.

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What makes a poem confessional?

A Brief Guide to Confessional Poetry | Academy of American Poets states the following about confessional poetry:

Confessional poetry is the poetry of the personal or “I.” This style of writing emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s and is associated with poets such as Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and W. D. Snodgrass.” (Organic Form: From A Poet’s Glossary)

This article will explore confessional poetry, and we will do this by using the core boundaries and rules of confessional poetry against three notable poetic works from three unorthodox artists: Etheridge Knight, Kendrick Lemar, and Roxane Gay.

The reason behind this is to gain a richer understanding of the art of confession. By widening the subject matter, an essential dialogue about contemporary art could take place and reveal new truths and solutions to our twenty-first-century issues.

I will be using the following characteristics of confessional poetry to help frame the examination:

  • the use of the pronoun ‘I.’
  • the topic of poetry primarily focus on high emotional events, a trauma of an individual
  • the prevalent use of free-verse

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