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Little Red Riding Hood.Shifting to 21st Century Thinking » Malice is in the Eye of the Beholder

We all know the story of Cinderella, the classic fairy tale of rags to riches. But I’m sure most of us have never stopped to think about why this story continues to be read to children around the world, the complexity of the characters, and the social messages that you can extrapolate from it. The illustrations alone in Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story retold by Lynn Roberts and illustrated by David Roberts, tell a compelling story of a battle of class, gender and belief systems.

The social themes underlying the art deco version of Cinderella are important to take note of in analysing the characters, because it is the underlying socio-cultural themes that reveal their complexity. In interpreting the characters motives and actions, it becomes clear that Cinderella and her step-family are far from moral opposites because they are ultimately pursuing the same agenda by the same set of cultural rules and norms.


Briefly speaking, Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story is set in a society in which women are objects whose value is determined by the men in their lives. They are not valued for their hard work or intelligence, but as a physical manifestation of a man’s material wealth. Therefore women are concerned with men, beauty, and fashion, as they play an important role as signs of class distinction and social status. The material objects in the illustrations are important signs of this relationship.


This thinking object evolved out of a previous thinking object based on Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story, titled How much is Cinderella’s father to blame for her situation? which provided students with a framework to analyse the moral ambiguity of the father character.

Via Sharrock
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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Edutopia

Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Edutopia | AdLit |

By Ashley Prophet

Summary by the Accomplished Teacher


"While teachers and students can be hesitant to integrate debate into the writing process, Ashley Prophet, a graduate student, suggests a nontraditional approach that could alleviate fears over tedious debates and rowdy students. Prophet suggests a five-step process in which students seek critical reviews from their friends, adopt an approach in which students prosecute and defend their sentences, and finally use technology to publish their work."

Via Jim Lerman, Dennis T OConnor, Katie Frank
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:50 PM

If you want to make the writing connection to Common Core, think debate!  Great resources from Edutopia. 

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Virtual Debate: 7 Advantages of Online Discussions

Virtual Debate: 7 Advantages of Online Discussions | AdLit |

How to facilitate such discussions is confusing to many teachers, and online discussion threads and chatrooms may be seen as a poor substitute for the “real” thing, an evil necessity of the online class. However, although there are some barriers such as its more decontextualized nature, in comparison to face-to-face discussion, there are advantages that are unique to the online discussion that can be built on by the instructor while the drawbacks are minimized.


Via Nik Peachey, Elizabeth E Charles, Lynnette Van Dyke
Carol Askin's curator insight, July 18, 2015 4:55 PM

In this blog post, the article discusses why online discussions are important. Connivence and increased student participation are two advantages the author lists. Concise, core information.

Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, July 30, 2015 9:25 PM

Worth a quick read if you are considering getting your students talking online.

Iva Golec's curator insight, July 31, 2015 9:57 AM

Worth a quick read if you are considering getting your students talking online.

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Young People Can See Themselves in Books - Room for Debate

Young People Can See Themselves in Books  - Room for Debate | AdLit |
Tough-shelled, 'mediocre students' can find characters whose lives reflect their own. By Matt de la Peña.


Matt was one of the debaters on the panel for the topic,  "The Power of Young Adult Fiction - Why have young adult books become so popular so quickly,  even with not-so-young adults?" The debate created interesting responses and great discussion on reading and young adult fiction.

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