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Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners

Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge for fluent English speakers. If you’re an English language learner, you might think that Shakespeare is not for for you, but there are many different ways you can learn about his work, his life, and his language and improve your English skills.
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Great resources here for anyone working with English and Shakespeare, not just ELLs and their teachers!
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The High School English Teacher Who Changed My Life: Twelve Writers Reflect on the Teachers Who First Inspired Them

The High School English Teacher Who Changed My Life: Twelve Writers Reflect on the Teachers Who First Inspired Them | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When I contacted writers about their most formative literary experiences in high school, I received a few bad memories. Some writers were even scarred by those cold and authoritarian teachers. I feel for them, and have tried, during my own decade as a public school English teacher, to do a bit of collective penance for those wronged by the system. Yet I was pleased to learn that most writers I contacted had been influenced—even transformed—by their high school English teachers. Here are their stories.
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The Schoenblog: Teaching #ComicBooks: Sharing Students’ Multimedia Analysis of Maus

The Schoenblog: Teaching #ComicBooks: Sharing Students’ Multimedia Analysis of Maus | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Creation was one of my big shifts for this school year (and find more about my shifts in 5 Big Shifts for My Classroom This Year). I want my students to read, write, speak, listen, and think critically every day. But I also want them to produce, plan, create, problem solve, curate, and more. To conclude our study of Maus, students used to write an essay examining how the comic book form and style are effective in telling Spiegelman’s story.
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The Big Roundtable

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Our background is in journalism. Our interest is in true stories. We founded the Big Roundtable as a home for wonderfully-told nonfiction. We hope to make good on a promise made during the era of New Journalism, that has since fallen to the wayside, to publish nonfiction writing that uses unconventional literary techniques.
Read more at http://www.thebigroundtable.com/about/#M87tccCV4wPobym8.99

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Why Students Don't Read What is Assigned in Class - YouTube

This video taken in an English class interviews high school students who have rediscovered the habit of reading after being allowed to spend a semester reading books of their own choosing rather than "classics" that are assigned. It leaves unanswered the question of, in the context of such a policy, when or if students will learn how to read such challenging literature.  Clearly, though, the more traditional method of assigning books in the hopes that students would attempt is flawed.

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Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of the Bard’s Era in 20 Podcasts

Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of the Bard’s Era in 20 Podcasts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The BBC's acclaimed podcast A History of the World in 100 Objects brought us just that: the story of human civilization as told through artifacts from the Egyptian Mummy of Hornedjitef to a Cretan statue of a Minoan Bull-leaper to a Korean roof tile to a Chinese solar-powered lamp.
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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

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No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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A Brief Tour of the Digital Delights of the Folger Shakespeare Library

A Brief Tour of the Digital Delights of the Folger Shakespeare Library | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Take a virtual tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library and see some of its treasures close-up.

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Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule

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Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Good Feeds for ELA and ELL Teachers

Richard Byrne continues his recommendations this week for blogs and online resources for different content area teachers.

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Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule

Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.
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I almost didn't read this article--let alone scoop.it--because I feel like this issue has been pretty well over-examined. I am glad I read it, however, because it summarizes the arguments thus far and gets into a useful level of detail about how actual teachers are making Common Core standards work for their students.

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When Poetry Meets the Common Core

Many teachers are worried they'll have to scratch poems from their syllabi under the common standards, but teacher Ben Curran says all that's needed is a shift in the way poetry is read and discussed.
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Four Fun Videos That Explain Complex Language Arts Ideas

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0edKgL9EgM&feature=share&list=UUsooa4yRKGN_zEE8iknghZA

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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

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Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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My Harper Lee SparkNotes

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To write my Note, I put myself in the same state as my imagined reader: a state of desperation. I wrote the detailed summary and analysis portions throughout the a week, but I left myself just twelve hours before the deadline to pound through the rest. I did everything I tell my students not to do: I checked my summary against Wikipedia, I tracked down listicles to crowd source the book’s most important quotations, and I found myself trying to cheat off the SparkNotes for To Kill a Mockingbird. What trait is Atticus Finch best known for: his integrity, his morality, or his dignity? What’s another way of saying “sleepy Southern town”? With twenty minutes to spare, I spell-checked and turned it in.
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Teaching Literary Analysis

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Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.
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Understanding Shakespeare

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Understanding Shakespeare is a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. It’s a research tool that allows students, educators and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them—line by line.
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British Library gives teachers tools to inspire

British Library gives teachers tools to inspire | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Anna Baddeley: The Discovering Literature website is an important cultural resource that can be enjoyed by all ages
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Can schools find room for Greek tragedy in Common Core? - Hechinger Report

"The logic is simple: informational texts are more common in college and the workforce. Common Core architects say that the percentages should serve as a guideline and literature doesn’t necessarily have to be reduced, but that nonfiction reading in other classes like science and social studies can increase. But some educators worry that the new standards will hurt successful schools."

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Text to Text | 'The Book Thief' and 'Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching'

Text to Text | 'The Book Thief' and 'Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A literary passage and a Times article, paired to raise questions for students about how the story of the Holocaust can and should be told to a new generation.
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If you're unfamiliar with the NYT Learning Network blog, this "text to text" about the Holocaust is an example of the type of activity featured on this great resource. You may also be interested in this activity, using poetry to learn about Veteran's Day: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/poetry-pairing-gone-gone-again/

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96 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare - Online College.org

96 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare - Online College.org | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Whether you are teaching or learning Shakespeare in a traditional classroom, in an online course, in high school, or college, there are resources below that will make teaching and learning about Shakespeare and fun and engaging experience.
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The Rumpus Interview With Constance Hale

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Fascinating interview with author Constance Hale, who has written several books about grammar.  Yes, that's right, I just put "grammar" and "fascinating" in the same sentence.  Read on, skeptics.

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Digital Learning Day :: Lessons

Digital Learning Day :: Lessons | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Digital Learning Day is February 6.  The Alliance for Secondary Education has assembled a collection of lessons using digital technology for high school students.  

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Frankenstein in Google Lit Trips

A video preview of the Frankenstein Google Lit Trip developed by Mr. Gregory Greenleaf and his 2012-2013 Advanced Placement English class at Greely High School.

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If you haven't explored Google Earth's Lit Trips, this is a fabulous example of what you can do with them.

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Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Folger Digital Texts with Twelve of Shakespeare’s Best-Known Plays

Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Folger Digital Texts with Twelve of Shakespeare’s Best-Known Plays | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Read, search and download the digital texts of 12 Shakespeare plays using this new resource from the Folger Shakespeare library.  Access the resource directly using this link:  http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/

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