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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

The Rumpus Interview With Constance Hale | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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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English Lit in 60 Seconds

Two video resources for English Lit:  60 Second Recap, which I've shared before, and John Green's Crash Course series.

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Online writing tools focus on teacher development, student engagement | eSchool News

If there’s one skill that everyone agrees all students must learn across the curriculum, it’s how to write well—and the move toward adopting the Common Core State Standards adds even greater urgency to this effort.  Meris Stansbury provides an in-depth review of one of the first software programs (but certainly it won't be the last) to aid educators in assessing written work according to the new Common Core standards.

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High-resolution infographics from Grammar.Net

High-resolution infographics from Grammar.Net | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This site is a tremendous resource for English grammar teaching tools.  Paste text into a box to check the grammar, download posters illustrating troublesome grammatical rules, subscribe to the Word of the day and the newsletter.

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Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards

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NCTE and Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards. Writing contest deadline for students to enter is April 30. 

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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

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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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

Four Fun Videos That Explain Complex Language Arts Ideas | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0edKgL9EgM&feature=share&list=UUsooa4yRKGN_zEE8iknghZA

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Book Chat Evolution

Book Chat Evolution | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This is long, but well worth your time to follow this sophomore English teacher's journey to perfect his use of 10 minutes of his daily instructional time.  For those of us looking for ways to get students reading more regularly, and adding to their vocabulary, I think there is much inspiration to be found here.  

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Year-End Roundup | Language Arts, Journalism, the Arts and Academic Skills

Year-End Roundup | Language Arts, Journalism, the Arts and Academic Skills | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From the NYT Learning Network:  all the lessons in reading, writing and culture that they published this school year.  Included are the writing contests that they have run (and will probably re-run again, so you have the option to plan for incorporating them into your instruction next year).

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8 Pop Culture Clips That Prove Shakespeare Is The Coolest Thing Ever

8 Pop Culture Clips That Prove Shakespeare Is The Coolest Thing Ever | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Here’s a potpourri of Shakespeare-inspired clips to share with students—both those who are already into the playwright and those who are wary."

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