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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” Read by Christopher Walken, Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee

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Edgar Allan Poe’s classic moody-broody poem “The Raven,” none is more fun than The Simpsons’, in which Lisa Simpson’s intro transitions into the reading voice of James Earl Jones and the slapstick interjections of Homer as Poe’s avatar and Bart as...
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What a wonderful way to work some Media Literacy into a MS or HS class - along with Poe, of course.  

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SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotated Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Books and Illustrations

SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotated Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Books and Illustrations | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring annotated fairy tales, numerous unique ebooks, illustrations, and a forum.
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Fairy Tales do not stop with Cinderella, although many teachers do.  On this site find in-depth annotation/analysis of 49 fairy tales, modern interpretations (including some media), illustrations. Links to at least 40 full-text eBooks expands student reading into a global library of folklore and tales.  This the meat and potatoes of cross-cultural reading, of core classics, of CCSS-type analysis.  Not just for kids - many of these stories lexile at the HS level.

Go on - enrich students with some of the UR plotlines, characters, settings, and conflicts.  Let them run with it.  I would also use Roderick Pullman's new "retellings" of the same tales, by the way.  And throw in a few episodes of Grimm and Once Upon a Time.  On their own, students can access Shrek and a host of other movies, from animations to dark and stark.  Speaking of dark, HS students (and MS selectively) should read some of the poems in "Transformations" (Anne Sexton).

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Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature | Collections | Library of Congress

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature | Collections | Library of Congress | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress. The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943

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I went directly to Bradbury, which did not disappoint, as I have always enjoyed the poetry in his prose. Copying and recording are not allowed, but you can embed the pieces in school webpages. At this point, there is not a detailed index of poem / literature titles, but that will surely come as the collection grows.

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Kapow! Stan Lee Is Co-Teaching a Free Comic Book MOOC, and You Can Enroll for Free

Kapow! Stan Lee Is Co-Teaching a Free Comic Book MOOC, and You Can Enroll for Free | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
And 'When and how did comic book artwork become accepted as a true American art form as indigenous to this country as jazz?'

All of these questions ... and more ... will be explored in an upcoming MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) co-taught by the legendary comic book artist, Stan Lee.
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The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa: A Wonderful Sand Animation of the Classic Kafka Story (1977)

The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa: A Wonderful Sand Animation of the Classic Kafka Story (1977) | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Astute (or even not-very-astute) Kafka fans will recognize this as an adaptation of The Metamorphosis, far and away the writer’s best-known story
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The classroom potential is enormous. Not only is this a fabulous short for a visual or film literacy discussion, but also contrasts wonderfully to the story is so many ways. Listening to the film is alone an exercise in literacy.  Warn students that they will not hear the English language. But that should not be a problem.  And of course you will need to read the original (in translation), available online.  

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Beyond 'Call It Sleep': New Immigrant Classics

Beyond 'Call It Sleep': New Immigrant Classics | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
FOR past generations, the bedrock accounts of the immigrant experience in New York described the lives of newcomers from Eastern Europe and carried titles like
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A list from 2004 - if you don't have these titles in your HS library's multicultural collection (you have one, right?), get them.  Many of the authors have gone on to write more and better.  

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Read 3 Stories from Haruki Murakami’s Short Story Collection Published in Japan Last Year

Read 3 Stories from Haruki Murakami’s Short Story Collection Published in Japan Last Year | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Briefly noted: Last spring, Haruki Murakami released a new collection of short stories in Japan, roughly translated as Men Without Women. If past trends hold, this volume may never see the light of day in the States.
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Luckily, you can read three of the stories in The New Yorker - links provided here.

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Listen to 90 Famous Authors & Celebrities Read Great Stories & Poems

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Of the many revolutionary qualities of the internet, one of them has been to restore to literature its voice, as literary readings (previously the preserve of a privileged few able to attend specialized events and conferences) become available to all.

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This is an essential resource. I know many teachers believe in the read-aloud; I believe only in the BEST reading aloud for MS and HS. Give them great literature read by great voices!  And if you insist upon "Stopping By Woods..." for elementary school, hear it from Frost!

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Raymond Carver by Leet and Litwin on PRX

Raymond Carver by Leet and Litwin on PRX | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Raymond Carver performs "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." 

  
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What insights can be gained from an author reading his own best work? Approximately 23 minutes long. Find the story online in unedited draft form - itself worth comparing to the published version - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/24/beginners.  Shmoop also covers the story: http://www.shmoop.com/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-love/ .  It is on my list of 52 short texts for HS students. 

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Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
"A prefatory glow, not unlike some benign variety of the aura before an epileptic attack, is something the artist learns to perceive very ea
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Unfortunately, none of the six is by a woman and all are shrouded in exquisite gloom. Nevertheless, Happy New Year!

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Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies - The New Yorker

Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies - The New Yorker | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”: An excellent film. The obviously unfit are winnowed out, and an enterprising young boy receives a factory.
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Reading Anthem along with the others? Maybe you can get kids reading about it and interested in the author and her message by having them read these "reviews" (spoofs, of course).  

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Three Strikingly Different Views of North Korea, the Most Secretive Country in the World

Three Strikingly Different Views of North Korea, the Most Secretive Country in the World | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The world’s interest in North Korea has run especially strong in the 21st century
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and I don't suppose anyone but me has read The Orphan Master's son. Too bad.

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Novelist Isabel Allende on Her Literary Career and Memories of Chile During the CIA-Backed Coup

Novelist Isabel Allende on Her Literary Career and Memories of Chile During the CIA-Backed Coup | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
And I try to explain to Americans, and it’s hard for you to envision the possibility that the army would take over the government
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Good background for a reading of House of the Spirits, especially. 

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National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson Talks brown girl dreaming

National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson Talks brown girl dreaming | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
brown girl dreaming is very specific in the sense of place and character – but it’s very universal to, in its approach to family and friendship.
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Very readable interview with award-winning author Woodson. Learn something about the author and about her hopes for the reader.  

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Watch Sherlock Hound: Hayao Miyazaki’s Animated, Steampunk Take on Sherlock Holmes

Watch Sherlock Hound: Hayao Miyazaki’s Animated, Steampunk Take on Sherlock Holmes | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

The Italian-Japanese co-production Sherlock Hound aired as a television series between 1984 and 1985. Of its 26 episodes, which sent the corgi Sherlock Hound and terrier Doctor Watson after a variety of thieves and on all sorts of adventures across a steampunk London, Miyazaki directed six.

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iPoe Collection

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iPoe is a revolutionary collection of app books that surrounds you by a halo of mystery presented through illustration, music, animation, and interaction.
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For the reluctant reader, a media-rich interactive collection of Poe's works (in 3 volumes @ $3.99 an app).  And while you are looking, take a peek at iDickens, which might be more useful. Does it add to the classic text?  Don't know, but might help students to find a way into the masters.

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Sings Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

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In 2001 or 2002, guitarist and singer David Gilmour of Pink Floyd recorded a musical interpretation of William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 18' at his home studio aboard the historic, 90-foot houseboat the Astoria.
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This falls under "engagement" - use it with R&J if nothing else.

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Leonard Nimoy Reads Ray Bradbury Stories From The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man (1975-76)

Leonard Nimoy Reads Ray Bradbury Stories From The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man (1975-76) | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice; the now departed Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Mr. Spock, also contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice.
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"There Will Come Soft Rains," "Usher II," "The Veldt" and "Marionettes, Inc." are the stories. Two are classroom classics. Give them a listen - and a read. I have previously scooped a great animation of "There Will Come Soft Rains" as well (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LNHYz89sNc and read the comments). You can find other animations and readings with which to compare these.  

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The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World’s Most Successful Woman

The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World’s Most Successful Woman | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Is she even more of a female icon than Wonder Woman?
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Add this to the reading canon of HS, both this piece and the comics or cartoons that it discusses. Is there a comparable un-hero female character in fiction?  Surely not Katniss, although students will want to make comparisons. I vote for Larsson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Another way to go is to pair this with Chabon's fabulous The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - perhaps partly listening to the audiobook.

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Worried Common Core is pushing fiction out?

Worried Common Core is pushing fiction out? | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
My argument is literary texts are informational texts. There is no textbook that can get across concepts better than stories. It’s the literature reinforcement that is most important.
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From a math teacher, the passion of fiction finds a way into math class - any class.  But we need to find teachers who love fiction - for the sake of our kids.  Dumbing down teach prep programs - basing them on CCSS ELA standards - is just plain harmful to education. Make them READ great literature!

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Literacy Journal: 52 Short Books for 11-CCR Students: TLDR and What HS Students Are Reading (and NOT)

Literacy Journal: 52 Short Books for 11-CCR Students: TLDR and What HS Students Are Reading (and NOT) | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

12th grade students are selecting books well below what they should be reading.  Here is my solution to that problem.

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Just thought it was time to reintroduce this list into discussion, given its multicultural nature. I add multicultural titles (and take away something less diverse) as I read the best of them. If you just want lists of diverse fiction, I suggest you wander over to #WeNeedDiverseBooks (http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/) and subscribe to their feed or request a book list on a specific culture or topic.

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First Lines From 37 Novels by People of Color You Missed in 2014

First Lines From 37 Novels by People of Color You Missed in 2014 | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"It’s been a fantastic year for novelists and short story writers of color with some truly amazing work coming out, but you wouldn’t know it by walking into a bookshop, or reading the blindingly white, “best fiction of 2014” lists circulating on your Facebook feed with the same four writers of color showing up to the party."

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Some of these books are well on the way to great already. Just pick one to read and teach this year!  Or more.

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
He wrote a kind of science fiction we don't see much anymore — fun but not childish, serious but not miserable, optimistic but not schmaltzy.
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So it's not just me who believes Bradbury is a master. A short argument to get you thinking about teaching some of his masterworks.  A lot of the stories are online and Golden Apples of the Sun can be had for pennies.

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Tim Tingle's HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Tim Tingle's HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Throughout, there is a confidence in humanity.
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So while you are reading approaches to racism with your students, read a Native voice.  It lexiles at 860, but Debbie Reese puts it in the HS or YA list because of content. 

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Successful launch of NASA's Orion spacecraft heralds first step on journey to Mars

Successful launch of NASA's Orion spacecraft heralds first step on journey to Mars | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
NASA marked a critical step on the journey to Mars with its Orion spacecraft during a roaring liftoff into the dawn sky over eastern Florida
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And I for one believe in Bradbury, if not in life on Mars.

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Gosh - I hope someone is still reading The Martian Chronicles. This gem contains some of the best stories ever about interracial communication, technology, and love. This piece, of course, is about our quest to make the dream come true...

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The Pain of the Watermelon Joke

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The history is more than an ugly stereotype of African-Americans.
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And while you are reading Woodson's brown girl dreaming, read her op ed. If you don't know about the "watermelon joke" you should find out.  This piece is class-room worthy by itself, but with the memoir and other multicultural pieces it grows in depth.  

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Tim Burton Directs Ray Bradbury’s “The Jar” on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1986)

Tim Burton Directs Ray Bradbury’s “The Jar” on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1986) | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
In Bradbury’s story, a failing farmer buys a jar with a curious thing floating in it. It is described as “one of those pale things drifting in alcohol plasma . . . with its peeled, dead eyes staring out at you and never seeing you.” This thing, however, has a peculiar charisma.
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If you are a Bradbury fan, as I am, or have students reading the Master, consider showing the two versions of "The Jar" found in this post (and on YouTube).  Differences relate to production dates, directors, interpretations. Of course, you have to read the story first. Not for middle school.

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