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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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Globe Education Shakespeare: Macbeth

Globe Education Shakespeare: Macbeth | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Jazzed-up iBook delivers full text plus players' insights
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Recommended especially for classes doing performance as well as reading.
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50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature

50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Immigration debates flood news sources today, but the stories of those who flee their homes in search of new opportunities often get shoved to the margins.
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This is a chronological listing. If you are seeking to extend the sensibilities of your students, you could do worse than begin here.

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Pamelibrarian: The Giver: A Reread

Pamelibrarian: The Giver: A Reread | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

If you read this as a young person and didn't like it, please reread it.  It puts most other dystopian novels to shame with its ability to convey horror in a restrained, almost camouflaged manner.

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An argument for (1) reading the novel as a HS student and/or adult and (2) truly reading it deeply with students in MS.  Don't just throw this novel at kids - you must read it and talk about it and argue about it and cry and shout about it.  Otherwise, save it for later.

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Dr. Seuss's Appeal Depends on Your Childhood

Dr. Seuss's Appeal Depends on Your Childhood | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Coming to the U.S. at the age of 10, I bypassed all the classics of children's literature, including Dr. Seuss books, which I found silly -- maybe I was too old for them.
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A diverse selection of contemporary writers comments on the new Dr. Seuss.  Find here some good recommendations for home and classroom that might be new to you.  

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#1142; The Adaptation Adept

#1142; The Adaptation Adept | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"Fiction has rules that make it satisfying..."

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Fascinating way to initiate a conversation about good fiction/OK fiction/bad fiction in a MS or HS classroom. Or perhaps just the question: Is fiction less messy than real life?

Take a look at the details of the cartoon.  

PS: This is why I think we need to continue to read fiction in schools!

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Our Refugee World

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There are more refugees adrift in the world today than ever before. If they formed a country, it would be the 24th most populous on the planet.
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"Many of our post-apocalyptic stories - Mad Max, The Road, World War Z - feature desperate people on the move in a friendless and resource-poor environment."  

One would hope that The Road is still being read in HS.  Even if it is not, this article is a good read - good vocabulary, important (essential?) tie-in to current events, much to discuss and many leads to pursue. There could be much research done on the causes of mass migrations - report-outs would educate all. Solutions?  How to approach the problem (US? other nations?). Save it for the fall, when things can only be worse than they already are.  

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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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Just for fun...

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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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Shanahan on Literacy: Six Pieces of Advice on Teaching with Complex Text

Shanahan on Literacy: Six Pieces of Advice on Teaching with Complex Text | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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It has been over half a decade (!) and the question of how to teach high-lexile texts to elementary level (grade 3-6) students still is high on the list (Aside: Who is training teachers to do this?).  Good. Here is an excellent introductory answer.
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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): AICL's Recommended/Not Recommended Reads in 2015

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): AICL's Recommended/Not Recommended Reads in 2015 | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This is a list of books I read in 2015, sorted into categories of Recommended (total of 16), and Not Recommended (47 in all).

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I value this yearly list highly. There are many more recommendations on the AICL site, but pay special attention to the Not Recommended list and to similar lists on the site. It dismays me often to see books appear on lists that should not be there anymore. Why the Not Recommended list is so much larger, after all of the awareness work that has been done, is a puzzlement. Guess stereotypes continue to make financial sense. So stop buying these books, librarians and teachers!

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Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad

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Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad includes the full text of the play, audio performed by actors on the London stage, and tools and resources to promote social reading and discussion of the play. Teens can annotate the play within the app and share their notes with a study or Facebook group if they want to.
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Perhaps this app will result in more readings of this play - a timely one!  Recommended for grades 11-12.  A bit expensive at $9.99, but on the other hand, that is the price of a superior text. Good for flipping the classroom at the AP level.

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star wars ring theory | Mike Klimo

star wars ring theory | Mike Klimo | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
How George Lucas used "ring composition" to reach a level of storytelling sophistication in his six-part saga that is unprecedented in cinema history.
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Great read for a HS film course - with the rebuttal from Wondermark: http://wondermark.com/star-wars-ring-theory/. The "ring theory" of mythic storytelling is a study in itself. How about Hunger Games?

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Listen to 188 Dramatized Science Fiction Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard & More

Listen to 188 Dramatized Science Fiction Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick,  J.G. Ballard & More | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
We here at Open Culture believe that, as far as science-fiction delivery systems go, you can't do much better than radio drama.
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What a great literacy and lit study exercise: read the story, then listen to the dramatization. Follow up with student radio dramatizations of well-written shorts (The Veldt, Here There be Tygers, lots of others).  Super way to use the internet with new MS tablets.

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Giving Voice to Black Youth in YA | Book Recommendations and Reviews | BOOK RIOT

Giving Voice to Black Youth in YA | Book Recommendations and Reviews | BOOK RIOT | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
We need diverse characters, and we also need complex characters. We need to see the emotional, mental and physical realities of black youth today to drive the conversation beyond the circle of trauma and to a place of understanding.
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These two reviews make me think of The Outsiders.  It's time to take a risk and read a novel that might be a classic in the future - because it is good, because it tells YA stories to YA kids.  Give these a try!

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Map shows path of Salem's witchcraft rumors - Futurity

Map shows path of Salem's witchcraft rumors - Futurity | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it
A new book and online map pinpoint the source of the witchcraft panic that roiled Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 and left 19 innocent people dead.
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Interesting little article for those of you reading The Crucible or one of a handful of still-read Salem titles. But I thought it all came down from Maine...

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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

Listen to 90 Famous Authors & Celebrities Read Great Stories & Poems | Classics in the Classroom | Scoop.it

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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