How to Craft a Killer Thesis Statement

Thesis Statements

Thesis statements are tricky. Maybe that’s because there’s so much pressure riding on them. I have heard that a thesis statement should distill all of the ideas of an essay into one or two sentences. It has also been said that the thesis statement is a road map, marking the path of an essay and … Read more…

The Ultimate List of 1984 Resources

1984 resources

If you teach 1984, George Orwell’s nightmarish novel of complete obedience in which Winston Smith’s quest for freedom, humanity, truth, and genuine emotion are annihilated in the face of totalitarian opposition, then comb your way through my list of teaching resources for the novel. It includes recent articles, supplementary books, teaching guides, videos, and biographical and … Read more…

The August PD Book

Copy of Sunday (7)

So far this summer there have been over 100 threads on The Underground Railroad and Hillbilly Elegy, totaling well over 700 comments. That’s what we do in the TWT Summer Book Club. We read, discuss, share, and learn. It is a community that is rich and supportive, and we want you to vote for the … Read more…

The July Book Club Selection

In June, the Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club read Colson Whitehead’s, The Underground Railroad, and our thriving Facebook group had over 200 comments about the novel. For July, we are reading J.D. Vance’s, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Jennifer Senior, book critic for The New York Times, said: … Read more…

The Honor of Teaching

The Making of a Teacher

There was Mercer Street Books, Strand on Broadway, Barnes and Nobles on 8th Street, and a half dozen guys that set up tables on the sidewalk outside the NYU library hawking used paperbacks. Much of my free time in college was spent walking the streets of Greenwich Village in search of books and a sense … Read more…