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Caroline Bachmann

Graphic Novels CMIS Evaluation Fiction Focus - 8 views

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    Resources and recommendations for teaching graphic novels
Mark Smith

Don't mention the mockingbird! Meet Harper Lee the reclusive novelist who wrote the classic novel that mesmerised 40 million readers | Mail Online - 9 views

  • In the novel, Scout lives in fear of a ‘malevolent phantom’, a psychologically disturbed neighbour called Boo Radley, who ultimately saves her life. While it is clear that the character is in part based on a reclusive neighbour, in reality, it was Harper’s mother Frances who was the source of much terror and unhappiness.Suffering from depression and violent mood swings, friends in the close-knit Alabama town say that Frances allegedly twice tried to drown her daughter in the bath. As a result, perhaps, the young Harper was regarded as a difficult and aggressive child who would think nothing of punching other children who annoyed her.
Jo Hawke

From the Trenches: A Lesson Plan - To Kill a Mockingbird - 15 views

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    Six project options to serve as final assessment for novel study. Focuses especially on Civil Rights Movement, prejudice, and legal system.
Leslie Healey

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction - NYTimes.com - 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.
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    analysis of impact of reading, novel especially. validates focus on class SSR, even in 11-12th grade (my groups)
Mark Smith

What's Wrong With To Kill A Mockingbird? - 5 views

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    "At its foundation, To Kill A Mockingbird is not the most morally complex of works, it is true. But then again, it is a novel written for children, and when it was composed, in the late 1950s, and published, in July, 1960, the proposition that black people ought to be treated as equal citizens was still a radical one in America. If Lee makes it clear to her audience where she believes our sympathies ought to lie - with Tom Robinson, the man falsely accused of rape, whose conviction is assured by a racist judicial system, and with Mayella Ewell, the impoverished incest victim who is forced to falsely accuse him by her abusive alcoholic father - then it is perhaps because at the dawn of the 1960s, the civil rights movement had yet to realize many of its most important victories, and the second-wave women's movement was barely even beginning."
Tom McHale

After 50 Years, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Still Sings America's Song : NPR - 2 views

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    For the high-schoolers reading To Kill a Mockingbird today, America is a very different place than it was when Lee wrote her novel 50 years ago. Lee's story of Scout Finch and her father, Atticus - a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man unjustly accused of rape - came out just as the nation was fighting over school desegregation. To Kill a Mockingbird didn't change everyone's mind, but it did open some. And it made an impression on many young people who, like Scout, were trying to get a grip on right and wrong in a world that is not always fair.
Dana Huff

Jane Austen Podnovel Blog - 0 views

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    Jane Austen's novels, one chapter at a time, via podcast.
James Miscavish

Resources for Vocabulary Study - 1 views

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    his is vocabulary material for 131 novels or short stories. Vocabulary words listed for each literary selection appear in the selection and are on The Shakespeare List . Tests and exercises are included for each selection. Anytime a teacher has students r
Leslie Healey

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - 3 views

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    I'm on page 199 of 349 of Let the Great World Spin: "there's a high that you get when you're writing code. It's cool. It's easy to do. You forget your mom, your dad, everything. You've got the whole country onboard. This is America. You hit the frontier. You can go anywhere, Its about begin connected, access, gateways, like a whispering games where if you get one thing wrong you've got to go all the way back to the beginning."   quote from a teen hacker in the novel--it captures adolescence, hacking, learning, delight, beauty, everything: I want to remember this when I meet my new students in September
Adam Babcock

On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack - ReadWriteThink - 9 views

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    Students begin by analyzing how specific songs might fit with a familiar story. Students then create their own soundtracks for the movie version of a novel they have read. They select songs that match the text and fit specific events in the story.
Dana Huff

The Great Gatsby - Studio 360 - 16 views

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    "Studio 360 explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and finds out how this compact novel became the great American story of our age. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells Kurt Andersen why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive. We'll drive around the tony Long Island suburbs where Gatsby was set, and we'll hear from Andrew Lauren about his film G, which sets Gatsby among the hip-hop moguls. And Azar Nafisi describes the power of teaching the book to university students in Tehran. Readings come courtesy of Scott Shepherd, an actor who sometimes performs the entire book from memory."
Barry Janzen

Figment: Write yourself in. - 6 views

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    Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
Dana Huff

JOYCE CAROL OATES:THE MAGNANIMITY OF WUTHERING HEIGHTS - 7 views

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    Joyce Carol Oates's thoughts on Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heightsl
Dana Huff

Record | Columbia News - 8 views

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    "Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on Facebook? With social networking the hot topic of the day, a computer science grad student, his advisor and a literature professor teamed up to analyze social interactions in 19th century British novels."
Dana Huff

Teaching 'The Great Gatsby' With The New York Times - NYTimes.com - 15 views

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    The New York Times' collection of resources for teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
Dana Huff

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

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    "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?"
GoEd Online

Free eBooks for Teachers - Classic Novels - 13 views

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    Download free eBook versions of 37 literary classics like Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre and more! Each eBook download comes as an easy-to-use PDF file that can be printed or projected on your interactive whiteboard.
Dana Huff

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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