The Magic of Context, Explained by Art

Context illustration

One of the first words I teach in my 7th grade English class is CONTEXT, because it’s pivotal to understanding what gives everything meaning — from literature to life. What is Context? The definition of the word “context” can be … [Read More]

How Can a Liminal Space Help You NOW?

Liminal space

Time to Define Liminality… If there is any vocabulary definition you need to understand right NOW, it is liminal space. Why? Liminality is defined as the in-between area between two situations, times, or places. Read on for how this can … [Read More]

Juxtaposition Examples in Sentences and Art

Juxtaposition example cartoon art: different moods

What Does it Mean to Juxtapose? One of my favorite literary devices — life as well as books and art — is Juxtaposition. Juxtaposing is when very different things are put close together, so the viewer or reader gets a … [Read More]

Foreshadowing Examples and Definition

How did I get here? Cartoon on mountain.

Ready for an English vocabulary lesson that’s also highly useful in real life? Let’s look at the word FORESHADOWING. I’ve been a public school English teacher since 2003, and it would be my great joy to give some you easy … [Read More]