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Tips for Teaching English Language Arts at Home

Whether you are having your child learn from home through Zoom or braving the world of homeschooling, fostering a love of reading and writing in them can be difficult. Without previous training in education or in English Language Arts instruction, many parents find themselves confused and frustrated.

Social Commentary: The Secret Life of Bees

*Note: First appeared on Quail Bell Magazine June 28th, 2015. Image by Andi Chrisman. The Secret Life of Bees  is a favorite among book clubs and English classes for its themes of motherhood, spirituality, and racial tension during the Civil Rights Era.  But the book also addresses problems we still see today: hidden biases. Though […]

Essay: Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose)

Note: First appeared on Quail Bell Magazine April 1st, 2015 in honor of National Women’s Month, as well as GirlSense and Nonsense, MCXV, and in Her Plumage: An anthology of women’s writing from Quail Bell Magazine. It was 1942. Sophie Scholl was a student at the University of Munich when Adolf Hitler brought Germany to ruin. She, like most […]

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Hi, I’m Gretchen. I’m an educator, magazine editor, and a freelance writer. I’m also an artist sometimes. I sold my first freelance piece to Bustle when I was 20 years old and haven’t looked back! On my blog you’ll find some of my popular pieces, freelance and writing advice, and teaching tools.

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