The Common in the Classroom


Photo by Ralph Sneeden.

Teach The Common in your classroom and introduce your students to contemporary literature and art from around the world.

  • Develop students’ critical thinking, close reading, and rigorous analytic writing skills.
  • Inspire creative expression.
  • Encourage students to think of themselves in the roles of editors and publishers.
  • Enrich students' knowledge of domestic and global languages, histories, and literatures.

Add The Common to your curriculum for:

  • Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Travel Writing
  • Web Writing
  • Comparative Literature
  • Landscape and Architecture
  • Place-Focused Seminars
  • First-Year Seminars
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Translation Programs

Appropriate for high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level courses.

Teach The Common in your classroom and receive discounted subscription prices, plus a free desk copy and sample lesson plans. Your classroom subscription includes two issues for every student, plus an in-person or Skype visit from Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker, or one of our participating authors

Subscription price: $17/student


Interested in other subscription options? Contact us to discuss single-issue subscriptions for shorter classes, pricing for our genre-based anthologies, or other options to meet your students needs. 


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Whos teaching The Common?

Ralph Sneeden

English Teacher, Exeter Humanities Institute

The Common is a trove, not only for offering students a range of voices and how they might encounter or craft the rudiments of description, but for ambitious hybrids of reflective writing, too.

Read what others are saying about teaching The Common.

►View sample lesson plans.

Based at Amherst College, The Common publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined: art & literature powerful enough to reach from there to here.

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