It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

God is in the Grass

What most people don’t realize when they’re reading a good book is the amount of thought an author puts into the physical setting of a story. It frames the book and drives the plot, but most of all, it’s the reader’s first introduction to the author. My students and I spend at least a day of class talking about Lorraine Hansberry’s apartment, the setting of A Raisin in the Sun. She writes about the couch, rug, and table as if they’re old friends. All of the pieces of furniture are described as “tired” because Hansberry was tired. She was a black woman living in a racist world. When she was 8, her family was brutally attacked by their white neighbors. That was her beginning. For the rest

Staying in the Fight

A couple of weeks ago, one of my students ran into my classroom. Her eyes were wide open with fear, telling the story before she spoke. Something was wrong. “Mr. Ahnfeldt,” she shouted, out of breath, “a student needs help!” The eyes of the class watched as I dropped my papers at the podium and ran out the door. When I got to the hallway, I heard the shrieks. Then I saw her. At first, I thought I was watching a fight. It looked like a girl was getting choked, but when I got close, I could tell they were friends. One girl was rolling around, screaming like a banshee. Her friend was trying desperately to hold her head. The closer I got, the weirder it all seemed. The shrieking wouldn’

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