Teach The Common

Classroom with Ralph SneedenTeach The Common in your classroom and introduce your students to contemporary literature and art from around the world.

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

  • 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
  • Translation Programs

Discounts, Lesson Plans, More

Teach The Common in your classroom and receive discounted subscriptions, a free desk copy, and lesson plans.

A classroom subscription includes two issues for every student, and an in-person or Skype visit from Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker or a participating author.

Subscription Price: $17/student

Contact us about single-issue subscriptions for shorter classes, pricing for our genre-based anthologies, and other options to meet your students’ needs

The Common, Issue 12

Request a free sample issue.

Browse issues to find teaching resources for each issue, including quick access to audio recordings.


Who’s Teaching The Common?

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.”

—Ralph Sneeden, English Teacher, Exeter Humanities Institute

Read what others are saying about teaching The Common.



Jennifer Acker, Editor in Chief

“In my experience teaching and visiting classrooms, I see students feel the pulse of contemporary writing as both writers and close readers. They are inquisitive and reflective, ask excellent questions, and go on to produce admirable writing based on what they’ve read.”

—Jennifer Acker, Editor in Chief  •  See Acker’s Amherst College “Editors and Authors” seminar.


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