Monthly Archives: June 2013

Writing Background

Marie Biro writes plays and literary fiction for numerous audiences. Her most current project “The Home Run that Tours America” juxtaposes the longest home run train legend and “People Get Ready” to reveal the conflict in attitudes born of segregated interstate travel yielding an original American novel. “How to Build an Impossible Bottle” tells how […]

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Realism in Middle Grade Lit

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, both published in 2009, reveal important concepts and trends in American literature through their comparison. Primarily the author’s choice of using sci-fi/fantasy or American Realism in children’s literature from the protagonist’s point of view as a resolution to the conflict […]

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Disaster Response Volunteer Shortage

While working in a shelter during Hurricane Irene, we were drastically short on volunteers at some stages. The overnights were most critical. As the worst of the storm was about to set in and we prepared to be hit, relief arrived in the form of an Islamic disaster response group. Around twelve Islamic college students, […]

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Disaster Response Sites

In 2011 I spent 3 days working during Hurricane Irene in a local high school managing registration at a Red Cross shelter. Shelters are often staged in school buildings. I recall the days leading up to the hurricane. Quickly I stocked my go-bag and loaded up on non-perishable supplies from the grocery store. I waited […]

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Disaster Relief School Programs – Challenge-Based Learning

Australia is a country leading the way in integrating disaster relief education programs into their schools. These courses empower students to respond to disasters and help their neighbors heal from disasters. In the edudemic video linked below, students in Australia use a “challenge-based” learning model to create solutions in disaster response. In addition to fundraisers […]

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