A lot of people, a lot of Christians, love Remember the Titans, but doing so shows a lack of discernment–it’s bad. We establish boundaries around the movies our family will watch, but we enthusiastically let this one in. Perhaps the “G” rating isn’t an adequate measure of a movie’s merit.
Christians responded differently to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attitudes became entrenched and sometimes hostile. How are we to deal with the divisions created by differing opinions about masks, shutdowns, and vaccinations when we all come back together in corporate worship? C. S. Lewis’s book The Screwtape Letters is helpful here.
Petrarch wrote Italian sonnets, and Thomas Wyatt took the form to England. Then came Shakespeare. This video reviews the difference between Petrarchan sonnets and Shakespearean sonnets. Then offers an analysis of four Shakespearean sonnets, specifically: Sonnet 29 — “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”; Sonnet 73 — “That time of year thou mayst in me behold”; Sonnet 116 — “Let me not to the marriage of true minds”; and Sonnet 130 — “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.”
First, an analysis of Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins” and Andrew Marvel’s “To His Coy Mistress,” and then the difference between carpe diem, YOLO (You Only Lie Once), and Christian carpe diem. We consider C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters–the demons don’t like us to “seize the day.”
Creative Non-Fiction is a great genre for school writing. Every year I assign a creative non-fiction essay to my students. In this video, I read, and talk through some of the processes involved in composing the essay called “Coffee and Conscience.”
I don’t know about other teachers, but in the past, I have often had a student come up to me with only one more week remaining in the course and ask, “Is there anything I can do to improve my grade?” This always made me sad. That was before I became a wizard and could bend time.