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Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Printable Handbooks - 24 views

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    Chicago Shakespeare Theater has printable handbooks for many of Shakespeare's plays. "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities-all aligned with the Common Core State Standards-are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language."
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Free Online Grammar Check, Spelling, and More | PaperRater - 6 views

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    Free online tool that checks spelling and grammar and plagiarism and offers writing suggestions.
Dana Huff

The Readability Test Tool - 8 views

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    Test readability of a page by URL or direct text input. Includes Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning-Fog, Coleman-Liau, and ARI.
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Readability-Score.com - Free Online Readability Calculator - Flesch Kincaid, Gunning Fo... - 3 views

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    Checks writing for readability levels, including Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning-Fog, Coleman-Liau, SMOG Index, and Automated Readability Index.
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Book Drum - 21 views

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    Book Drum is the perfect companion to the books we love, bringing them to life with immersive pictures, videos, maps and music.
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Books That Shaped America - National Book Festival (Library of Congress) - 12 views

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    The Library of Congress shares an exhibition of "Books that Shaped America." Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says that the list is "intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not."
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SideVibe - 11 views

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    "A simple way to place useful, formative classroom lessons over any Web page. "
Dana Huff

"The Lord of the Rings," "Twilight," and Young-Adult Fantasy Books : The New Yorker - 9 views

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    Adam Gopnik discusses the appeal of high fantasy in YA. He misses the mark, I think, in not discussing Joseph Campbell's influence in all of this, and he's condescending throughout much of the piece, but it's an interesting analysis aside from these two admittedly major issues.
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Mr. Palmer Discusses His Fellow Minor Characters « Jane Austen's World - 6 views

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    This blog post would be fun to turn into a writing assignment: Have minor characters in a novel your students are studying discuss the other minor characters in the manner of Mr. Palmer.
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Put Poor Students to Work - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 7 views

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    Sent to me just now via a my blog. Would be a great piece to pair with "A Modest Proposal."
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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature - Home - 12 views

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    This exhibition looks at the world from which Mary Shelley came, at how popular culture has embraced the Frankenstein story, and at how Shelley's creation continues to illuminate the blurred, uncertain boundaries of what we consider "acceptable" science.
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Evolving English Teacher: "How to Forge a Jane Austen Manuscript": Teaching Students Au... - 10 views

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    Glenda teaches us how to teach students to mimic one of the masters of prose-Jane Austen. Mimicry is often a great writing exercise for students who need to examine style.
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YouTube - theproselytizer's Channel - 5 views

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    Robbing the Bard: The story of how a stolen Shakespeare First Folio appeared in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Narrated by David Tennant.
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Why Shakespeare never fails to get brains buzzing | Books | The Observer - 6 views

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    Reading Shakespeare makes you smarter!
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King Lear and Medicare Politics - 5 views

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    This article on the blog Better Living Through Beowulf might be an interesting way to connect King Lear to modern politics.
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Flash cards, vocabulary memorization, and study games | Quizlet - 17 views

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    My students told me about this site where they make study guides and flash cards for themselves. It's free, and it would be particularly good for studying information that you have to memorize.
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Evolving English Teacher: #engchat: Out of the Desk & Into the Text: Using Performance ... - 11 views

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    Glenda Funk shares some performance pedagogy techniques designed to get students out of their desk and on their feet.
Dana Huff

Fakebook: Create a fake profile! - 20 views

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    Fakebook allows you to create Facebook profiles for school projects.
Dana Huff

Your English Class » Blog Archive » Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness - 7 views

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    Great introduction and resources for teaching Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Dana Huff

Dickens daren't tell the truth about the real Oliver Twist workhouses | Mail Online - 5 views

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    This article describes conditions in workhouses for the poor in Victorian England. It would be great to pair with Oliver Twist or with Blake's two "Chimney Sweep" poems.
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