Literacy and Me

Recently, I began to post Words of Wisdom on Wednesdays on Literacy and Me. So many wise words and phrases have clamored for my attention, that I wish to post daily for a full week, from today through next Wednesday, words that spoke to me.

Our Third Tuesday book club delighted me this month by selecting If We Were Villains, a character-driven, mystery novel which delighted the lit major in me because the college age young people all spoke/quoted Shakespeare to/at each other on a daily basis. These young thesbians started out as fourth year (senior) students at a theater conservatory in an unamed location. For me, it was a fast, attention-holding read. One part that struck me was when one of the students explained to the detective in charge of the murder investigation what the attraction of Shakespeare was all about:

“The thing about Shakespeare is he’s so eloquent…He…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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