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Veronica Roth Explains Why Shocking 'Allegiant' Death Had To Happen - MTV.com

Veronica Roth Explains Why Shocking 'Allegiant' Death Had To Happen - MTV.com | English II | Scoop.it

"Allegiant" — the final installment of Veronica Roth's best-selling "Divergent" series — has been in readers' hands and on their Kindles for nearly a week now, meaning fans finally know the fate of heroine Tris Prior and her love, Tobias Eaton. The heart-wrenching conclusion no doubt surprised many — with fans galore taking to social media to cry, commiserate or complain about Roth's vision for the characters she so lovingly crafted over the trilogy.


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Reading & Writing Daily

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Reading & Writing Daily, by FredBubbers: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans

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Although the U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4 isn’t until January 5, 2014, period drama fans can enjoy some YA historical fiction to tide you over in the mean time.

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:01 PM

I love Downton Abbey! Checkout what YA historical fiction titles we have in our collection at http://lcssmedia.liberty.k12.ga.us/common/servlet/presenthomeform.do?l2m=Home&tm=Home&l2m=Home

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Reading innovation 'may help young readers' | Voxy.co.nz

Reading innovation 'may help young readers' | Voxy.co.nz | English II | Scoop.it
School students may be the next group of readers to benefit from the latest innovation in reading -sound tracks incorporated into e-books.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:57 AM

School students may be the next group of readers to benefit from the latest innovation in reading -sound tracks incorporated into e-books.

A research project is underway by the University of Auckland, to assess the impact of Booktrack with a large group of year 7-10 students recruited from several Auckland schools.

BookTrack is a new and engaging way to read by matching synchronised music, sound effects and ambient sound to the text of e-books. The technology automatically paces reading speed to the reading experience of the person.

The research is led by Dave Hithersay, head of Biology at Mt Roskill Grammar School and aims to investigate whether sound effects and music linked to a history text developed by Nick Hamilton, (the head of History at Mcleans College), enhances students’ comprehension and engagement in reading.

The project is being co-ordinated by the University’s School of Nursing with the research supervised by Professor Stuart McNaughton from the Faculty of Education. A group of 260 children are taking part in the six-month randomised controlled trial.

The Booktrack app is expected to increase engagement in reading, comprehension, enjoyment and information retention for school students and can be adapted to operate with school texts, and played on computers, mobile phones or tablets.

Researchers are also looking at testing the app on a smaller group of children with learning difficulties to see if it changes their experience and enhances their skills in reading.

The trial involves students reading a history or other reading assessment text on a computer with or without the Booktrack sound track additions, depending on which group they are randomised to . They then answer multi-choice questions to test recall, memory and enjoyment.