About Me

The Misfit
No, I am not referring to the gruesome character from Flannery O’Connor’s classic short story. I, too, am a misfit of sorts. A lifelong Cubs Fan who teaches English in a suburb south of Chicago (White Sox territory), while living in Indiana. I believe the use of technology is a must for improving our students writing skills through formal blogging and critical reading skills through the use of a “reeder” (rss feeds). Let’s tear down the filters and open up the world to the creative talents of our students.

10 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hello,

    I found your unit on Ready Player One, as I was hunting for resources to utilize in the classroom. As I love the book and want to teach it (very badly), I quite enjoyed reading about your experience with the book in the classroom. I am going to be honest and say that I plan on using a lot of what you discussed in my own class. I guess that’s a nice way of saying that I’m going to steal all of your work. I hope you don’t mind. I am very happy to see that this book has been used in the classroom, and that it was successful. I teach a 12th grade English course that I think the book will be perfect for.

    Your website is very slick, and I agree that web and tech literacy are paramount in education. It’s nice to see people posting and sharing quality stuff.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks!!!! Posts like these are the reason why I share. Our job is hard enough, so I always appreciate getting help from others.

  2. Dear Mr. Moore,

    My name is Febe López. I’m a student from La Estancia School, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (a small country in Central America). Currently on my senior year of high school for my Language Arts course, I have a project related to Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The project is about discussing the novel up to certain chapters with a classmate via email, but my teacher gave me the idea of contacting a student (or a teacher) out of the country, and luckily I found your website. I was hoping you’d be able to discuss a couple of questions with me, regarding the book.

    Thank you for your time,


  3. Hi! I have recently acquired 200 copies of this book and plan on teaching it with my incoming Freshmen. Your materials are wonderful and I do hope to have your blessing to use them as a skeleton to get my unit started. I’ve been skimming through your reading guides (wonderful I must say! I’ll be working on comprehension as well as textual analysis with these kids and you’ve got some great questions here). I noticed a few sections are missing. I have been going through filling in the blanks here and there but I’d love to see what you have too if you are willing to share!

    Thank you so much for your hard work here! I do hope my kiddos like this book! They will be from incredibly diverse background from one another (and from myself) but I think this book offers some great themes and ideas that we can all connect with.

    Thanks again!

    Emily Cottrell

  4. Oooh silly me! I had been on your Ready Player One page and clicked your About Me page to read more and forgot where I was commenting! Ready Player One is the book I’ve got! Thanks again!

  5. Where can a teacher get a hold of the answers for the discussion questions? Is there a teacher login? I wish to use this material as a discussion guide for my class in Michigan.

    1. Unfortunately my webmaster skills are lacking. This is something I will look into, until then the only way to protect the answers from students is to not make them available. A lot of teachers like these guides for that very reason.

  6. Thank you for sharing your resources. I am a High School ELA teacher who was looking for something to replace Fahrenheit 451 this year. I love the novel and Bradbury’s work, but I just wanted to try something new. My daughter, who also attends the high school that I teach in, recommended this book to me. She really loved it! I teach mostly students with lower basic reading skills and reading comprehension. I was thinking about adding an activity, like a cloze procedure with this text. I think this could be a great quick comprehension check and instead of being a boring multiple choice or short answer quiz, a cloze activity could be fun and rigorous at the same time. Just curious if you have tried anything like this? My students are so excited about Steven Spielberg deciding to direct the movie version of this text, going on YouTUbe and watching the author introduce the competition and having the students try to find the “Easter Egg” in the text also helped to increase their motivation to read. Thanks again for sharing your resources. I really don’t think I would have tried this novel, if I did not find your site.


    Lisa Nicewaner
    Liberty North High School
    Liberty, Missouri

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