We started the new semester last week and we are getting started with one of my favorite things- mythical heroes! One of the aspects of the county’s required unit stated students would, “build your knowledge of the cultural truths, identifying common cultural concepts, concerns, and plot lines in a series of literary pieces from your … Continue reading Teaching King Arthur Legends
Recently, I had to complete an argumentative/debate unit created by my district. Thankfully, I do have some leeway in adding to the units. We covered Julius Caesar and analyzed 5 additional speeches over the course of a few weeks. On top of this, our school was shut down by the health department TWICE due to … Continue reading Debating “Baby It’s Cold Outside” In Class
I completed something that seemed impossible- Shakespeare in the middle of a pandemic as well as my school being shut down twice in a month due to the high number of positive cases in a month. Not only did we do it, but the kids actually loved it! We spent about 3 weeks covering the … Continue reading Final Word Debate on Caesar
Alas, Poor Caesar, I Knew Him Well…… Wait, wrong play! But, (hopefully) you get my playful pun 😉 But, in all seriousness, if you’re looking for the best way to introduce Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to your students, this is the post for you! Last week I started the play Julius Caesar with my face-to-face students. … Continue reading Introducing Julius Caesar Before You Teach Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
I interrupt this usual stream of World Literature feed, for a little debating! My county’s curriculum called for an informal debate this week. However, I cannot just have the same tired debates like they have had in years past. We are all struggling a bit with life this 2020 season. So, I leaned into the … Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to Debate!
Who else has just fallen in love with podcasts?!? Years ago I didn’t give podcasts much thought because I never did well with audiobooks. I tend to zone out and think about all the other things I have going on in life. However, I knew so many teachers who were constantly talking about this podcast … Continue reading Podcasts in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Ah, to be a world literature teacher in the modern day- no less in crazy 2020! I don’t know about you, but Beowulf has been a long time favorite of mine! Who doesn’t love a fantastic epic hero story?!? Slaying monsters, boasting, drinking, and slaying some more monsters! This blog post will shed some light … Continue reading Beowulf For the Digital Age
A few years ago I found myself beginning my journey into teaching World Literature to 10th graders. The first 2 weeks of school can be challenging. Your classes are leveling out. You are trying to build relationships while also starting off with some content. Many of my fellow teachers were terribly uncomfortable with World Literature … Continue reading Where Oh Where To Begin
Welcome to my tiny little corner of the world! My name is Julia Cafaro. I am professional photographer, a high school English teacher, mother to one amazing little girl, wife to one amazing man, and literature aficionado. I dream of seeing the world one day. Of seeing all the great places of human marvels, of … Continue reading Welcome!