What is a Hero?

Last week our blog featured storytelling and the ways that this helps create understanding between diverse peoples. A central aspect of these stories is the heroes that are featured in them. What do you think of when you think of a hero? I tend to think of the countless Marvel movies that were released since …

Storytelling

As an education student at Hope College, I get to join a classroom at various times throughout the week to learn about education from a practicing teacher. One of my placements teaches a Greek mythology elective, which is one of my favorite classes to observe because of how engaging it is.  This class made me …

Book Recommendations for Women’s History Month

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month and Reading Month than to read some books featuring women by women? Here are a few recommendations from our team or find another online list to get you started.  In the Time of the Butterflies  This is a historical fiction account of the Mirabal sisters during the …

Reading in Everyday Places

March is National Reading Month, which typically is used to encourage readers across the ages to read every day. Reading more sounds like a great idea in practice, but I often struggle to fit in time to sit down and read a book.  Yet, we discuss in many of my English and education classes that …

Notable Female Authors

March is both Women’s History Month and National Reading Month. Women’s History Month was established by Congress in 1987 but stems from work throughout the 20th century by women to achieve suffrage and equal right. Furthermore, March became National Reading Month in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. These two themes are both …

Banned Books

As a prospective secondary English teacher, my placement teachers and classes have mentioned the recent conversations about banning books in various states. Several states across the United States are considering or crafting legislation to ban books that contain themes related to sexuality, racism, explicit language, or other areas. This article by The Atlantic called “Read …

Black History Month Theme

As part of my English Education experience at Hope College, I have clinical placements in local schools. I love being able to work with and learn from area teachers and students. One of the things I learned this past week as the school acknowledged Black History Month was that each year a theme is chosen …

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Lakeshore readers! Hope College and some of our area schools have winter break today, so we hope you are able to spend your day doing something you love with the people that you love. Below are a few activities using the power of words to make you chuckle this Monday! …

Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month, which provides a time to celebrate and learn more about African American history. Carter Woodson originally advocated in 1926 for a time dedicated to Black history and culture and President Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976. February was ultimately chosen because the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick …

Finding Joy in Reading

If you’re reading this blog, then it is likely that you enjoy reading and/or writing in some capacity. However, maybe like me, you struggle to read for fun as you have gotten older. When I was in elementary and middle school, I have distinct memories of lying in my bunk bed and staying up late …