Blogs tagged "Literature"

Reawakening Imagination with Fantasy Literature

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides.”—C.S. LewisThe success of The Chronicles of Narnia film series testifies to the popularity of fantasy literature. The next installment in the works is an adaptation of The Silver Chair, the fourth of C.S. Lewis’s seven novel series and a fine example of otherworldly literature.Read More »
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Teaching Science and Shakespeare

A 19th-century actor playing Shakespeare's Hamlet
Do you struggle to incorporate STEM into your humanities subject? For you—or for a STEM colleague—the challenge of getting students up to the task of college and career readiness includes addressing their ability to apply reading, writing, and listening skills across disciplines, as well as recognize the content-based connections to which those skills apply. The Common Core English Language Arts/Literacy Standards recognizes this challenge.Read More »
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Walking the line with Robert Frost in the annual spring task — "Mending Wall"

SOMETHING there is that doesn't love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under itAnd spills the upper boulders in the sun;And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.Read More »

Getting Ready to Teach “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

For anyone who thinks that they know slavery—you read that book and you do a double take. It was just stunning to me that I'd never known about it. In fact, the majority of the people who I spoke to about the story had no idea about it. I was like, How did I not know about this book?— Interview with filmmaker Steve McQueenRead More »
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A Valentine from Emily Dickinson: A Poet for all Seasons

Winter is good — his Hoar DelightsItalic flavor yieldTo Intellects inebriateWith Summer, or the World —Generic as a QuarryAnd hearty — as a Rose —Invited with AsperityBut welcome when he goes.- Emily Dickinson (1316) Read More »