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Vicki Davis

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back - Curriculum Matters - Education Week - 5 views

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    Nice article at edweek about the informational texts versus great works of literature debate and what Common Core will do to lit. The one important, practical issue that all parties to this discussion MUST recognize - the classroom time is FINITE. Teachers would love to cover EVERYTHING but it just isn't practical. So, if one thing is emphasized over another, it may push something out. Unintended consequences are happening as people "align" their curriculum to common core standards. As all of the pundits and advocates argue this, it would be telling to sit down with an actual aligned curriculum to SEE what happens where the standards meet the lesson plans and what is actually pushed out - until then - it is all, rhetoric. Give us practical application, we're teachers, after all. From the edweek article: "Until recently, the closest we'd come to a major speech on the nonfiction-versus-fiction question was a piece in the Huffington Post by the English/language arts standards' co-authors, David Coleman and Sue Pimentel, insisting that literature "is not being left by the wayside." The message to rally the troops must have gone out, however. Because since the Coleman/Pimentel piece appeared, the common core's defenders have stepped up to counterbalance the literature-pushout crowd. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Kathleen Porter-Magee, for instance, posted a piece arguing that it's a misinterpretation of the standards to say that teachers will have to teach less literature. In a recent email blast, the Foundation for Excellence in Education-led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of the common core's biggest backers-declaimed the "misinformation flying around" about what will happen to literature under the common standards. "Contrary to reports," it said, "classic literature will not be lost with the implementation of the new standards." A glance at the standards' own suggested text lists, it noted, "reveals that the common core recognizes the importance of b
Vicki Davis

Doctor Faustus intro (OCR A level) - Resources - TES - 1 views

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    A friend of mine passed this lesson plan on to me with this note to Literature teachers: "Sick of Jacobean Literature meaning Shakespeare? Check out this resource on Christopher Marlowe's Faust. " I think that this is a very good point and is the type of lesson that AP Literature would use in the US. There is a reading guide, powerpoint, and it also incorporates John Milton's Paradise Lost as a comparative text.
Diego Morelli

Remix Culture, Creative Commons & a Short Stories Project in Literature - 1 views

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    A Brisbane-based, international remixable literature project named Remix My Lit released this summer their first publication, "Through the Clock's Workings": it's defined as the world's first remixed and remixable anthology of literature. (continue....)
Vicki Davis

KNIGHTTIME - 3 views

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    Non traditional approach to literature. Just received this in my inbox: " We, The Hazardous Players, have been building a fantasy adventure where we plan on constructing multiply narratives using various media: writing, audio performance and art, (eventually video), to create a story that is an expanding fantasy for children and adults. Though we realize this is a nontraditional approach to literature, we do see that this could be a unique way to tell a story, harkening back to the time of episodic adventures on the radio. " Couldn't students do this as a semester or shorter project?
Cara Whitehead

Literature Based Word Lists | Articles - 23 views

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    Literature-based word lists for all grade levels (kindergarten through high school). http://bit.ly/9uMY66
Deb Henkes

Respondo! - Creative Literature Response Questions - 8 views

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    Don't just ask students to "identify the conflict" or "note the setting." Use Respondo! to click up some creative literature response questions.
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    Use this tool in the Language Arts classroom to differentiate and create some creative literature response assignments.
Vicki Davis

The Gettysburg Address: Literary Nonfiction and the Common Core | Edutopia - 5 views

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    A nice reflection on what is happening to reading with Common Core. I find the overemphasis on literary nonfiction problematic, unless, the fact that math and history are primarily nonfiction allows literature to remain 60-70% fiction, however, for those schools who just have "reading" in literature (that would be sad), this is going to have issues. This is a great read. "The CCSS mandates that by the end of high school, 70% of what students read should be informational texts -- specifically, complex and non-narrative literary nonfiction. Furthermore, students should be able to identify central ideas and articulate their development, summarize, analyze, draw inferences, identify an author's purpose, evaluate the effectiveness of rhetorical features, and figure out the meaning of words. In short, the CCSS has reclaimed a technique popular in the 1940s, close reading, or sustained interpretation of, in particular, the wording of a text."
Carl Bogardu

Free eBooks at Planet eBook - Classic Novels and Literature You're Free to Share - 15 views

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    Classic literature for download as free eBooks
Ted Sakshaug

Shmoop: Study Guides for Literature, US History, Poems, & Essays - Homework Help & Teaching Resources - 0 views

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    history and literature explained in an interesting way
Maureen Tumenas

Shmoop Literature: Summary, Analysis, Themes, Characters, Paper - 0 views

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    Plot summaries and more. Current categories literature, poetry and history
Claude Almansi

plep [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Original list of PLE Publications - 0 views

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    "Buchem, I., Attwell, G. & Torres, R. (2011). Understanding Personal Learning Environments: Literature Review and Syntheis Through Activity Theory Lense. In: Proceedings on the PLE Conference 2011. List of References used for the Literature review in alphabetical order:" Note: this is a wiki, so watch for updates (CA)
Ted Sakshaug

Literature-Map - The tourist map of Literature - 0 views

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    find similar authors to writers you are interested in
Mrs. Jepson

Literature Response Lesson Plans - 0 views

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    Response to Literature lesson plans
Vicki Davis

The Internet Classics Archive: 441 searchable works of classical literature - 11 views

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    MIT Has 441 works of classical literature available online that allow you to create powerful text queries.Also included are "reader's choice" websites related to the texts.
Angela Maiers

CLWG: Children's Literature Web Guide - 0 views

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    Excellent resource for childrens literature on the web.
Brett Campbell

Education Week: Reading Aloud to Teens Gains Favor Among Teachers - 3 views

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    improving teen literacy by teachers reading aloud, even using picture books, in literature, math and history
David Hilton

Common Core - Working to Bring Exciting, Comprehensive, Content-Rich Instruction to Every Classroom in America - 2 views

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    We believe that a child who graduates from high school without an understanding of culture, the arts, history, literature, civics, and language has in fact been left behind. So to improve education in America, we're promoting programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences.
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    Very heartening to see a growing movement advocating a knowledge-rich, intellectually rigorous curriculum for schools. They've got the funds to hire good photographers and models with nice skin, too.
Adrienne Michetti

Amazon.com: Storied City: A Children's Book Walking-Tour Guide to New York City (9780525469247): Leonard M. Marcus: Books - 1 views

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    A book that is self-guided walking tours in NYC based on children's literature.
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