Frank Kennedy

Frank is a former journalist whose now in his 14th year of teaching ELA, presently to eighth-graders at Harris Road Middle School in Concord, N.C. He’s a writer, gardener, binge-watcher, and dog-lover, and he’s excited that Rogue One has found a worthy place in the pantheon of the Star Wars universe.

The Power of One

The Power of One

  Those of us who teach teenagers face a daunting and seemingly never-ending challenge: Getting our students to look up from their phones, their social media, and their video games to see the wide world beyond their bubble. Unlike any generation before, today’s kids have a digital world that can cocoon them 24/7. They take

  Those of us who teach teenagers face a daunting and seemingly never-ending challenge: Getting our students to look up from their phones, their social media, and their video games to see the wide world beyond their bubble. Unlike any generation before, today’s kids have a digital world that can cocoon them 24/7. They take... read more

Setting and following through on goals

Setting and following through on goals

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last... read more

Finding Connections through Chaos

Finding Connections through Chaos

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos.

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos. ... read more