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Links from Carrie Mattern’s website carriemattern.com

Curated by Carrie

If you’re familiar with me, you know I’m an avid reader. Within the last ten years, I’ve made literacy my focal point in the classroom, as well as outside of school within the community. Now I would like to help … Continue reading

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Pearl Girl.

There is an old saying about girls and sugar and spice and while it is pretty stereotypical, it’s also pretty true of our Pearl girl. She is one minute sugar and the next spice-spice so hot it leaves a little … Continue reading

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Resources to Dismantle Oppression, Racism, and White Supremacy in the classroom

I gathered most of this information for my presentation a few weeks ago at Michigan State University (Amplify the Silenced) and to inform my own teaching (which began a few years ago when I felt that I needed to address … Continue reading

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T.H.U.G. Inspired Research

A few weeks ago my freshmen began a very difficult but rewarding project: they were going to Amplify the Story of someone who has been silenced by violence. The inspiration came directly from page 443 of Angie Thomas’ breakthrough young … Continue reading

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2018 Reading Recs

When people find out I am an English teacher they say one of two things: “Are you going to correct my grammar?” and “What should I be reading?” This year I can answer the latter quite thoroughly. I’ve been able … Continue reading

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Broke in Boston-Day 4

Since we had to check out and fly home, we wanted to make the most of our full, final day in Boston. After packing up, asking the hotel to hold our luggage, and scheduling a free shuttle ride to the … Continue reading

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Broke in Boston

Boston was never on my radar. I mean, if you know me, you know I love city travel and seafood, so I have no idea why it never made it to my top places to visit but luckily enough, I … Continue reading

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Parts Unknown: Flint

Parts Unknown: Flint                          Will air Tuesday, June 25: Happy 62, Tony. 8am Coffee-Flint Crepe Co. 8:45 Breakfast-Krystal Joes 10:00am Flint Coney-Starlite 11:00am Steak n’ Onion-Big John 12:00pm Local … Continue reading

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13 Years…

When I was 21 my cousin, Caylin,  was born and I was allowed to be in the room during my aunt’s labor. It was long and painful and beautiful and mind altering. When my mom and I left to get … Continue reading

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Pearl is 5.

When people meet our family for the first time, they are smitten with our precious Pearl. I think it’s her dimples. Or the way she puts on shows for the family. It might be her infectious giggle. Or her diva … Continue reading

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