This article explains how I make my Litah's authentic Mexican guacamole in five minutes. Detailed instructions, photos, and complete video instructions for this simple guacamole recipe are included.
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Ravel’s “Une Barque sur L’Océan” with informed and detailed insight.
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Ravel’s “Oiseaux Tristes” with informed and detailed insight.
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Bartók’s “Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm” with informed and detailed insight.
This article explains how to identify and understand theme in literature in very simple and concrete terms. Designed for secondary students through graduate students, this thought process will help make the concept of theme clear and accessible.
This article looks at how music creates meaning, granting insight into its inherent character and value to human civilization.
How would you like to have a place where you could go, just for a short time, and leave behind all the struggles and the frustrations and the headaches of daily life? This article is designed to show you how playing piano can bring this into your life by giving you a window into what the...
This article provides a framework for how to write essay introductions that are clear, strong and engaging, providing practical tools that go beyond basic “how-to” concepts to take a serious look at what readers really want from an essay.
This article provides an alternative way of looking at poetry designed around the way poets think when they are writing it. It provides tools and perspectives that remove the pressure of needing to “understand it” and replaces this with a sense of adventure and creative exploration.
This article provides unique rubric template that creates an easily quantifiable way to ensure that struggling students feel success while at the same time pushing successful students to achieve their potential. The Slide Rubric is an exceptional source of student motivation.
This article contains a recording of each movement from Robert Schumann’s "Carnaval," along with brief notes for each movement that form a listening guide. A printable file of the notes is included for free distribution wherever the "Carnaval" is performed.
Go straight to the heart of Socratic circles with a summary of Socratic seminar rules, a versatile Socratic seminar questions, and a downloadable Socratic seminar rubric. With these tools you can implement the strategy immediately and maximize its value by customizing it to your individual needs.
This article briefly defines deductive reasoning in general and explains its basic use. The focus then turns to using deductive reasoning as a testing strategy for multiple choice tests, providing a consistent and reliable way to ensure that you are able to show what you know and helping...
This article provides a basic understanding of the different kinds of point of view available to fiction writers and some of their various strengths and weaknesses. It also provides guidelines for how, when, and where to switch point of view within a given story.
This article provides a framework for how to write essay conclusions that are clear, strong and powerful. The concepts are applicable to the essays of middle school and high school writing all the way up through writing in college and graduate school.
How can you teach children to love reading—even those kids who hate to read? This video explains how reading books aloud to kids, including teenagers, can teach them to be better readers and to appreciate and enjoy the richness of the written word. Specific tips and techniques are included.
This article provides a brief overview of lyrical poetry including the history of the lyric poem and a summary of the most common lyrical poetry forms. It also provides options for writing lyric poems along with specific suggestions and quick tips to make the process successful.
This article provides simple yet comprehensive ideas for crafting the setting of a story. Beginning with a basic conceptual approach to writing story setting, it then provides a series of specific tools useful for developing and enriching the quality of a given setting in a story.
As both a parent and a middle-school teacher, I have noticed one factor that is key in raising kids with solid social and emotional strength: strong relationships between parent and child. This article provides a simple, yet challenging, way to think about this in your child rearing along with...
This series of articles examines the relationship between music and the brain by integrating scholarly work on the philosophy of music with research in the psychology of emotion and intelligence. Part eight examines a psychological argument for how art must be viewed as a process, not a product,...
This hub covers how to write poetry using slant rhyme technique, also known as half rhyme. It includes three poetry exercises to get started along with two original sample poems by wayseeker.
This is an authentic Mexican recipe for Mexican rice that comes direct from Mexico through my Litah--my grandmother. It is simple to prepare and provides an excellent side dish for any Mexican meal.
This series of articles examines the relationship between music and the brain by integrating scholarly work on the philosophy of music with research in the psychology of emotion and intelligence. Part two examines the traditional view of intelligence, IQ and what it means to be smart.
When trying to write an essay, write a poem or write a story, good feedback is essential. Learn the basics of literary criticism here.
In this short ghost story with a twist ending, a man, haunted by dark memories, spends forty years living alone on an isolated farm. One autumn day, he discovers another presence in his home that forces him to face the secrets of his past.
William Wordsworth, through the words in his critical studies and world-renowned poetry, reveals how he had a stunning understanding of the importance of emotional intelligence and its relevance to intellectualism far before the modern psychological movement was even considered. This piece, in two...
In this bit of flash fiction, a young man in the Hitler Youth of Nazi Germany is forced to make an impossible decision, hinting at both the great human ugliness of the holocaust, and mankind's unconquerable nobility.
Why do we suffer? Why does God allow pain? Haunted by these questions, I wrote this memoir in an attempt to understand the devastation of cancer as it has moved through the lives of my family and friends. It is a journey of suffering and confusion that eventually arrives at understanding and...