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Dana Huff

Why fiction is good for you - Ideas - The Boston Globe - 9 views

    "Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It's an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?"
Berylaube 00

Community Club Home Listen and Read - Non-fiction Read Along Activities Scholastic - 3 views

    From Richard Byrne Free Technology for teacher, quoted below:Listen and Read - Non-fiction Read Along Activities Listen and Read is a set of 54 non-fiction stories from Scholastic for K-2 students. The stories are feature pictures and short passages of text that students can read on their own or have read to them by each story's narrator. The collection of stories is divided into eight categories: social studies, science, plants and flowers, environmental stories, civics and government, animals, American history, and community. Applications for Education Listen and Read looks to be a great resource for social studies lessons and reading practice in general. At the end of each book there is a short review of the new words that students were introduced to in the book. Students can hear these words pronounced as many times as they like. Listen and Read books worked on my computer and on my Android tablet. Scholastic implies that the books also work on iPads and IWBs"
Dana Huff

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts: Home - 6 views

    Jane Austen's fiction manuscripts are the first significant body of holograph evidence surviving for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. Digitization enables their virtual reunification and will provides scholars with the first opportunity to make simultaneous ocular comparison of their different physical and conceptual states; it will facilitate intimate and systematic study of Austen's working practices across her career, a remarkably neglected area of scholarship within the huge, world-wide Austen critical industry. Many of the Austen manuscripts are frail; open and sustained access has long been impossible for conservation and location reasons. Digitization at this stage in their lives not only offers the opportunity for the virtual reunification of a key manuscript resource, it will also be accompanied by a record in as complete a form as possible of the conservation history and current material state of these manuscripts to assist their future conservation.

Three-Minute Fiction : NPR - 0 views

    Excellent site for English teachers who want to incorporate some creative fiction either for reading or writing. Have kids write their own three-minute stories.
Leslie Healey

Creative Nonfiction: a definition and appreciation - 14 views

  • For a while the NEA experimented with “belles-lettres,” a misunderstood term that favors style over substance and did not capture the personal essence and foundation of the literature they were seeking. Eventually one of the NEA members in the meeting that day pointed out that a rebel in his English department was campaigning for the term “creative nonfiction.” That rebel was me.
  • literary craft in presenting nonfiction—that is, factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid manner. To p
  • real demarcation points between fiction, which is or can be mostly imagination; traditional nonfiction (journalism and scholarship), which is mostly information; and creative nonfiction, which presents or treats information using the tools of the fiction writer while maintaining allegiance to fact.
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  • George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon, and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff are classic creative nonfiction efforts—
  • communicate information (reportage) in a scenic, dramatic fashion.
  • offers flexibility and freedom while adhering to the basic tenets of reportage. In creative nonfiction, writers can be poetic and journalistic simultaneously
  • inematic techniques, from scene to dialogue to description to point of view, to write about themselves and ot
Leslie Healey

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction - - 13 views

  • Stories,
  • stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.
  • nterprets written words. What scientists have come to realize in the last few years is that narratives activate many other parts of our brains as well, suggesting why the experience of reading can feel so alive.
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  • The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.
  • The novel, of course, is an unequaled medium for the exploration of human social and emotional life.
  • substantial overlap in the brain networks used to understand stories and the networks used to navigate interactions with other individuals
  • “theory of mind
  • other people’s intenti
  • comparing a plucky young woman to Elizabeth Bennet or a tiresome pedant to Edward Casaubon. Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.
    analysis of impact of reading, novel especially. validates focus on class SSR, even in 11-12th grade (my groups)
ten grrl

Jane Austen's The History of England: Introduction - 0 views

    The History of England is an early work of Jane Austen. She completed the composition in November 1791 when she was just 15 years old. Jane Austen's History is a lively parody which makes fun of the standard schoolroom books of the time. Declaring herself to be a 'partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian' she cites works of fiction, such as Shakespeare's plays, as historial authority and includes references to her own family and friends. Jane's older sister Cassandra illustrated the text with imaginative portraits of the English monarchs
Meredith Stewart

Free Audio Books - 1 views

    Download hundreds of free classic audio books to your mp3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Dennis OConnor

100 Little Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Writing | Online Colleges - 9 views

    "January 17th, 2010\n\nSolid writing skills open up career-boosting opportunities for professional writers and for those with aspirations beyond their basic job description. Journalists, fiction writers, scientists, teachers, business professionals, law students and other professionals can all get ahead by inspiring and influencing others with their writing. Whether you're an undergraduate wanting tips to organize your papers; a novelist who needs help with character development; or a technical writer in search of tips to write more engaging copy, here are 100 little ways all of you can dramatically improve your writing."
Meredith Stewart

Young Adult Fiction Booklists - 8 views

    YA books divided by topic
Adam Babcock

ThumbScribes Co+Create - 14 views

    Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, exquisite corpse and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.
Leslie Healey

What They're Reading on College Campuses - Publishing - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 11 views

    very cool list: some conservative, some liberal, some fiction, some satire, some bio, some nonfiction
andrew bendelow

Byliner - 17 views

    Nice site full of interesting articles old and new--non-fiction
Dennis OConnor

ThumbScribes - Collaborative Writing Community - 12 views

    ThumbScribes is a platform for creating collaborative content.Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, exquisite corpse and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.
Caroline Bachmann

Graphic Novels CMIS Evaluation Fiction Focus - 8 views

    Resources and recommendations for teaching graphic novels
Leslie Healey

The Fictional 100 - 17 views

    fascinating, useful blog about the characters we love (or hate) great resource for student research, research, discussion. We have already begun to argue about which Shakespearean characters deserve to be on the list........
Christy White

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction | Video on - 7 views

    Great TED talk about the importance and power of storytelling to help us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel.
Clifford Baker

Raymond Carver reviewed by James Campbell TLS - 0 views

  • Carver was Hemingway (most of whose fiction is located abroad) transposed to the blue-collar American margins, populated by men and women who seldom think about the world beyond – a land of bad marriages, cramped living rooms, truculent children, and unharnessed addictions of the old-fashioned sort.
  • But what is the real thing? In the original manuscript of “Why Don’t You Dance?”, before Lish’s blue pencil descended, the girl's sympathetic words to the yard sale vendor, “You must be desperate or something”, are not uttered while the pair are dancing. The sentence is adapted from an earlier remark she makes to her boyfriend when they first inspect the items for sale. “They must be desperate or something.” The vendor has yet to make an entrance. It was Lish who changed the words and placed them in her mouth as she “pushed her face into the man’s shoulder”, making it the emotional high point of the narrative.
  • As with other restored or revised texts – in this case, unrevised – the appearance of Beginners prompts some awkward questions. Does the emergence of the “real” stories undermine the reality that the most Carveresque of Carver’s books has had for almost thirty years in the minds of readers? Characters who appear sane turn out to have been mad originally. Characters who smoke didn’t do so in 1980, on their entry into the world. They are the children of Raymond Carver, but their identities were altered by the midwife, Gordon Lish.
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