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An Educator's Reading List of Contemporary Literature, Literacy, and Reading Issues. Visit us at http://www.GoogleLitTrips.org
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Classic Books Yanked From Virginia County Schools After Parent Complaint

Classic Books Yanked From Virginia County Schools After Parent Complaint | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
In a divided time, can we afford to read books like "Huck Finn" -- or can we afford not to?
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
2 December 2018

Yes, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird  are among the most banned books in schools and have been for decades. 

Well, here's an A+ book report any student capable of critical thinking could write about each of these stories.

"BLACK LIVES MATTER TOO!!!"

Both authors bravely confronted and attempted to expose the facts that LIKE IN OUR OWN TIMES, Blacks have suffered too much sh-- , racism, and inequality from too many in the dominant culture. 

Both authors created stories that put the sins of racism front and center and truthfully in our faces. And, each chose children as the witnesses and recorders of those horrific sins. 

Some somehow believe that our children should hate the book when the point of each story is to expose hatred.

Both Huck Finn and Scout Finch and all of our children must sooner, rather than later, come to understand the harsh realities of racism's indefensible victimization of innocents. 

Both books are generally taught in high school. By that age, aren't students old enough to begin learning such lessons? If not, when will they be?

If we believe that high school students are not old enough to begin facing the harsh reality of life and believe banning these books somehow protects them from facing those harsh realities of racism, when will they be ready to accept their adult responsibility of  confronting our unfinished business of pursuing Liberty and Justice FOR ALL?

Each novel has only one primary black character; Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird are victims and powerless to do anything about their victimization because they lived in times when there was still work to be done to ensure that all citizens have the right to expect life, liberty, and JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Final Exam Question:
After reading The Adventures in Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird, explain your level of empathy for Jim, Huck, and how that empathy might be expressed best given today's news.

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Is “Screen Time” Dangerous for Children?

Is “Screen Time” Dangerous for Children? | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
A child psychologist—and grandmother—says such fears are overblown.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
25 November 2016

Am I the only Literary Reading educator who has become a cheerleader for the importance of Informational Reading? Of course not. For this reason I found this article fascinating on multiple fronts. 

I remember one of the best lessons I learned about effective interviewing questions while teaching journalism.. "Avoid phrasing questions that can be answers "Yes" or "No." Instead, attempt to phrase questions that require an informed explanation. The same general rule also applies to the kinds of questions we ask when attempting to stimulate a contemplative, higher level class discussion. 

The phrasing of the headline for this article, which by the way, may not have been written by the article's author, runs the danger of reducing contemplation to a simplistic "either / or" in spite of the quite apparent complexity of the issue in question. "Yes" or "No" is a conclusion to be drawn ONLY after "Pros" or "Cons" have been considered. 

Okay. I know. There are forms of debate that begin with a statement to which debating teams take either an affirmative or or negative position and then argue their respective points of view. This is not unlike the Thesis Statement first then defense via Topic Sentences supported by evidence structure commonly taught in high school. It works when actual consideration of the pros and cons have been given due diligence. But, we all know the extent to which existing personal opinion can, and often does, short-circuit the due diligence ending up with attempts that choose a thesis prior to the due diligence and then defending the thesis via cherry picking supporting evidence and avoiding opposing evidence more than building an informed thesis after completing a balanced consideration.

The headline aside, this article nailed some of the best arguments to consider rather than merely turning up the volume on existing inadequately considered canned cherry picking and avoidance of sufficient depth of consideration of all the evidence.

Just a few of my favorite lines...

"My own childhood was dominated by a powerful device that used an optical interface to transport the user to an alternate reality. I spent most of my waking hours in its grip, oblivious of the world around me. The device was, of course, the book."

I love the intentional misdirection. From the beginning of the quote until the kicker last sentence, I was thinking TV.  I smiled at having been caught off guard. Happy to see the article turning in favor of books over screens. This is true even though personally, I lean toward book text viewed on a screen for the most part. 

Yeah accurate representations of books in any delivery system are fine with me. And, I believe literary books are a direct route to the wisdom of the ages that seem to get short-circuited in the simplistic tug-of-war between Literary Reading and Informational Reading.

And then the author threw me another curve ball, speaking the author's affection for books...

"As far as I can tell, this early immersion didn’t hamper my development, but it did leave me with some illusions—my idea of romantic love surely came from novels."

Ooh. ouch! 

So, where's she going with this? Is she really trashing books so that she can declare screen time the victor? 

Consider this quote from the article...

"The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend strict restrictions on screen exposure. Last year, the organization examined the relevant science more thoroughly, and, as a result, changed its recommendations."

Actually a quite clever set for killing the question favor of real question...

"The new guidelines emphasize that what matters is content and context, what children watch and with whom. Each child, after all, will have some hundred thousand hours of conscious experience before turning sixteen. Those hours can be like the marvellous ones that Augie and I spent together bee-watching [videos], or they can be violent or mindless—and that’s true whether those hours are occupied by apps or TV or books or just by talk."

Hoping to tease readers into reading the actual article, I'm choosing to purposely not address the author's last two paragraphs. I'll just say that the conclusion tosses the simplistic "Yes" or "No" in favor of the much more important consideration of "premature speculation."

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A River Of 10,000 Books Flood The Streets Of Toronto

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Literature Vs Traffic is an ongoing project by Luzinterruptus, an anonymous group that carries out urban interventions in public spaces. For their latest
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19 November 2016

Could not help but think that in times when optimism is facing a "Tsunamic" challenge, that remembering that there are good people dedicating some part of their lives to believing in the power of doing good.

I am imagining a portion of a class period beginning something like this...

TEACHER: I'd like each of you to read this article. When you finish, just relax quietly for a few moments until the rest of the class has had time to finish.

When everyone is finished there will be a quiz. But, I don't want you to stress so I'll tell you the quiz question before you begin reading. Don't worry, I won't collect the quiz because their won't be any quiz to collect.

So here it is...
KNOWING YOURSELF BETTER THAN ANYONE, Being honest with yourself how would you answer this question??

If this was going to happen in our community, truthfully I would probably:
A. Help make it happen
B. Probably wouldn't help, but I'd go see it and probably look for some books to take.
C. Do nothing other than criticize it as being __________ .
D. Not even become aware that it had been planned or even happened.
E. ______________

Just wondering. 

You'd never know the results because the "rules" are that you promised the students not to collect the results.

And, here's a quiz for you.

KNOWING YOURSELF BETTER THAN ANYONE, Being honest with yourself how would you answer this question??

If I really decided to try this experiment, truthfully my guess would be that the results would probably look something like this ________________ .

The big challenge...
Really. Don't check their answers and don't check your answers. Just let yourself wonder about the unknown results for as short or as long a time as you do.

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25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers

25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Last year I highlighted 25 of the best podcasts for readers. Here are 25 more outstanding podcasts for book lovers!
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
17 November 2016

This is a followup article to the first 25 Outstanding Podcasts for Readers that can be found here: https://bookriot.com/2015/11/25/25-outstanding-podcasts-readers/


Try this...

Have Tinitus? Listen to a literary podcast as you go to sleep.

Too many commercials on your morning drive to school? Listen to a literary podcast and arrive at school smiling.

Build listening to literary podcasts into your students' options as individuals or small group activity. There are so many similar podcasts promoting a love of literature that students can personalize their listening AND get credit for it.

Several focus upon author interviews. Why not have students do Author Reports consisting of reporting on the experience of choosing an author focused podcast and then having read a story of their own choice by that author.


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Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
This is a real revolution in education.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
11 November 2016

And then I came across this hopeful article about the news of one of the world's most respected educational systems taking real action towards changing education so that it much more clearly reflects the way the world really is.

The headline is a bit misleading. According to the article "This system will be introduced for senior students, beginning at the age of 16." 

The concept of cross-curricular education is not new. It has been at the core of much of the 21st century educational reform movement; at least the brand of 21st century educational reform that I've put at the center of the Google Lit Trips vision. 

Global Awareness, cross-curricular, and multi-cultural studies share a common connecting vision especially when actually connected.  We are better able to see that disaggregated separate "curricular puzzle pieces" are better understood when the way they are in the real world actually inseparably interconnected provides us a means of more clearly seeing the big picture. 

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Medusa, the Original 'Nasty Woman'

Medusa, the Original 'Nasty Woman' | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
For centuries, Medusa has been used to criticize powerful women. So it’s no surprise the mythological Gorgon has re-emerged this election cycle.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
6 November 2016

Teach mythology? Want your students to do some informational reading about literary reading?

Want to provide an eye-opening experience that brings literary reading to the real world?

'nuff said. Read this.

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A Long Walk to Water Google Lit Trip Now Available

A Long Walk to Water Google Lit Trip Now Available | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Google Lit Trips, educational nonprofit, award winning, educational technology, place based storytelling, reading about reading
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
18 October 2016

GLT Global ED | Google Lit Trips is happy to announce  the publication of our 83rd Google Lit Trip. 

"The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya's in an astonishing and moving way."
– Goodreads

This Lit Trip was developed as a collaboration between Maryan Ryan and Google Lit Trips founder Jerome Burg.

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File:Cognitive Bias Codex - 180+ biases, designed by John Manoogian III (jm3).jpg - Wikimedia Commons

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
3 October 2016

Well, I've never scooped a graphic from Wikipedia before. But, this chart is INCREDIBLE. 

Continuing with my concerns for polishing our students' skill sets for effective processing and analysis of informational reading  and listening, I came across this incredible chart that breaks down the complex nature of the sources of our biases into recognizable influences upon our thought processes each with concise descriptions of the fallacious thinking pattern associated with those biases.

I'd suggest starting from the outer ring where four essential categories where biases can be developed are identified. Moving towards the center, each section on the next ring offers a subset of possible reasons why we might have a potential bias within that category. Moving deeper into the graphic toward the graphic of a brain, specific causes of biases associated with each bias subset are listed.

For example:

(Outer Ring) Too Much Information > (Subset) We notice flaws in others more easily than we notice flaws in ourselves > (offers three possible bias causes) Bias blindspots OR Naive cynicism OR Naive realism.

Some of the inner most ring offers possible challenges to existing vocabulary for students (i.e., confabulation, functional fixedness, etc.). Therefore, it would be a good idea to not expect students to be able to connect to each and every item at the inner most ring. However, there are certainly plenty of concepts at that inner most ring that are within grasp or reach of most students.   

However, students can go to the actual original Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases) for an extended explanation of those more challenging terms. For example, the term "Band Wagon Effect" is explained as "The tendency to do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same."

BIG TIP FOR VIEWING CHART: Click the chart to enlarge image. Then click it again to "magnify" the chart to the most readable size.

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A Linguistic Analysis Of Donald Trump Shows Why People Like Him So Much

A Linguistic Analysis Of Donald Trump Shows Why People Like Him So Much | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Sometimes when he speaks he seems erratic and unfocused, but this careful dissection of the Donald’s speech patterns shows the unusual way he talks is actually very deliberate.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
1 October 2016

This is NOT an attempt to influence my readers' political views. It really isn't even about the validity or lack of validity of Donald Trump's or any other candidate's political views. It's about the importance of a common core focus relating to Informational Reading; or as is the case in this particular video, about the importance of helping our students polish their skills in informational LISTENING. That is our Information Intake skills.

Oh! and it's not about Common Core either!

It's about what we often do not hear when we have only limited listening skills.

I would not be surprised if many who are tasked with promoting skills in informational reading/listening fear even using today's level of public discourse as examples in class, as in doing so, they might then be subject to a sort of negative Pavlovian response by those in a community jumping to the conclusion that this or that candidate is being promoted over that or this candidate.

I suppose if I were to have the nerve to bring this video into class as a "linguistic analysis" exercise, I would start with a couple of rules:
1. We will not be discussing the merits of one candidate over the other. 
2. We want to focus strictly upon the linguistic analysis of how speakers can use words so that their audience "hears" what the speaker wants them to hear. 
3. That is, after watching the video, Mr. Trump's opinions will be considered a DIGRESSION in this discussion. 

Our goal is to see what we can learn about HOW to listen.

As a follow up class discussion I might first remind students that we are not going to argue the political position of any candidate. Then discuss one of the following:

1 How might what we can learn from this video be helpful in getting others to hear our ideas as honest attempts to communicate. For example, short sentences are easier to listen to than more complex sentences.

2 What examples might you point to in your own experience with people trying to convince you (or others) to change your mind? 

3. How might this video help you distinguish between an argument using these skills to help inform and an argument using these same skills to disinform?

I don't know. But, I do know that regardless of one's political views, the depth of our skill sets for informed analysis via reading as well as listening to opposing views has become critical for every aspect of being a 21st century citizen.

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The pursuit of ignorance

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What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around ... in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don't know -- or "high-quality ignorance" -- just as much as what we know.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
20 August 2016

I was first captivated by the title of this TED Talk. And, actually prematurely put off by early comments that "seemed" to be calling into question the scientific method. 

Perhaps it's because we live in times and thanks (sincerely) to the likes of Donald Trump, we've been made painfully aware of the number of "anti-factual" folks out there who unabashedly "pee in the pool" of actual knowing. 

But, by the end of the talk,  I had been made aware of how much my openness to even the scent, though mistakenly identified in this case, had been polluted by the onslaught of the ravings of the adamantly ignorant drowning out the voices of more mature political discourse. 

The primary focus within this talk actually centered on the very interesting and positive role that ignorance plays in the advancement of science. There were several quotes from famous people of the past justifying the speaker's thesis that it is important to pay attention to the role of "thoroughly conscious ignorance."

Among my favorite quotes was actually a quote from the speaker himself, "Dead people should not be excluded from the conversation."  

And then near the end, the speaker surprisingly turned to educational testing where he suggests that learning the questions raised by learning the facts is as important, perhaps even more important, than learning the answers alone.

"High quality Ignorance." What an intriguing concept. This phrase fits cleanly with my recent interest in the term relating to measuring one's  "Curiosity Quotient."

Lower quality ignorance is dangerous because all too often it pre-empts doubt, even though our failure to question what we believe we know is the source of so many social evils.

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Google Lit Trips - Combining Literature and Geography

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Imagine bringing the locations of stories to life for your students. With the help of Google Lit Trips, you can! This free resource gets kids excited!
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
11 August 2016

Always a treat and an honor to wake up and find a kind mention of the Google Lit Trips project among my Google Alerts.

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Every Book Referenced On Season 4 Of "Orange Is The New Black"

Every Book Referenced On Season 4 Of "Orange Is The New Black" | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Orange Is the New Black book club, anyone?..
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
18 July 2016

I count myself as a fan of Orange is the New Black. Like many important issues it brought to our attention some of the most difficult issues not only within our prison systems, but also in the world at large.

Yes there were many very rough to face scenes. But Not turning away from that which we are uncomfortable being encouraged to consider is sometimes what it takes to face the truth that there is still much work to be done.

So, having noticed that many of the characters spent time reading, but the titles of their books flashed by too quickly to catch, I was happy to see that a complete list was provided for each episode of Season 4.

Haven't read many, but several were close to my heart including but not limited to Rainer Maria Rilke's Letter to a Young Poet, Ian Flemming's Casino Royale and Goldfinger (remembering fondly the master high school teacher who said I could read Ian Flemming for a personal reading projects as long as I read them all! My first author study and it was an eye opening experience), Chimamanda Ngozi's Americana;  L. Frank Baum's (the real) The Wizard of Oz, and of course Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. 

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Want More Dates? Survey Says You Should Read More Books

Want More Dates? Survey Says You Should Read More Books | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
#Truth.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
21 June 2016

Yep! And there's even an App for that!

What are you doing for your first day's lesson in your literature class?

I might well be starting with this INFORMATIONAL READING article. 

My favorite line? 

"The findings aren’t all that surprising, considering a 2014 Pew Research study that showed millennials — the generation most likely to be using dating apps — are actually more likely to have read a book in the past year than folks from other generations. While the narrative may be that books need saving, it would seem that the pastime is alive as ever."


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The joy of lexicography

The joy of lexicography | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
27 November 2016

Need some smiles? Lots of laughs here.

Need some brain jogging? Be prepared to have yours jogged.

Who'da thunk a dictionary-centric talk would provide such an intellectually energizing and enjoyable contemplation-reorientation?

Ok. I thought the paper dictionary was already dead. Darned near didn't bother going past the first minute or so. That is, until the speaker Erin McKean began building a case for comparing paper dictionaries with online dictionaries. 

In McKean's words,..

" They {computers] don't change the end result. Because what a dictionary is, is it's Victorian design merged with a little bit of modern propulsion. It's steampunk. What we have is an electric velocipede. You know, we have Victorian design with an engine on it. That's all! The design has not changed."

AH! Her intent is not so much to make an argument regarding the difference between paper and digitized dictionaries as it is to reframe the argument as being about the long established Victorian design of dictionaries, off or online, that perpetuates  worn-out idea, that needs some very serious revisioning. 

Before, insisting that accelerating access speed  to definitions gives online dictionaries the trump card that ought to be enough to smuggly declare them victorious, we ought to consider McKean's thoughtful provocation...

"And in fact, online dictionaries replicate almost all the problems of print, except for searchability. And when you improve searchability, you actually take away the one advantage of print, which is serendipity. Serendipity is when you find things you weren't looking for, because finding what you are looking for is so damned difficult."

Though compelling to an intriguing degree, I"m not entirely certain that hyperlinks aren't a fairly solid counterargument. Anyone who has found him or herself exploring a trail of hyperlinked cookie crumbs knows that it's easy to get lost in the multi-layered digressions of hyperlinks' curiously fascinating side trips. Though I must admit that although I have discovered significant treasures serendipitously, at the same time, I've often meandered so far away and for so long from my original intentions that those intentions often have fallen out of my memory by the time I snap out of the cornucopic trance I've spent an indeterminate amount of time exploring. 

Nevertheless, all this is to say, that the humor and the intellectual kick in the side of the head provided by this talk provided serendipitous treasures well worth consideration and the time it took me away from cleaning the garage, which as is often the case, always something I can do tomorrow.

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Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric

Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Dear Students,
Because I can no longer claim with any credibility that reading, writing, and critical thinking are essential skills fo
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
20 November 2016

Saw this site flash by in SNL last night. If you teach critical thinking, persuasive essay writing, irony or sarcasm, you may not think this is funny.

But then again...



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A Field Guide To Identifying A White Nationalist

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“It becomes one of those ‘if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck’ kind of things."
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
18 November 2016

A bit concerned about posting this article as I do not want to be mistaken as promoting any political view; not only because I do not believe that it would be appropriate, but also because this is considered definitely inappropriate for nonprofits.

Rather, I've decided that it might be an article of interest to those tasked with teaching informational reading skills. The article focuses upon what might be compared to "rebranding" efforts made to counter negative impressions triggered by previous branding practices. For example, today's extremists are more likely to present themselves as "normies." wearing suits than wearing sheets, or obvious tattoos that carry negative reactions. 

There is a recognition that reducing or pre-empting  the instant negative reactions and repackaging themselves as appearing more towards the look of the mainstream is more effective than the previous branding that hoped to be effective via fear and intimidation.

It is my hope that many charged with raising awareness while reading for information include the term "cherry picking" as an important and intentional side-stepping tactic used to mislead.

Another distinction that I hope is made in every informational reading curriculum is the difference between being  "well-informed" and being "ill-informed,"  "misinformed," or "disinformed."

The article uses the term "obfuscate" which ought to be part of every thinking person's critical thinking detection skill set.

The article suggests that the intentional rebranding of what are considered radical and negative ideologies "...becomes one of those 'if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck' kind of things.'" 

I might begin a lesson on this intentional misdirection common in public discourse, commercial promotion, and much social interaction with the reading of Aesop's "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." 

The wolves learned early on that  hunting sheep while looking like wolves was less effective than pretending to look like sheep..

(A shout out to the truth to be found in LITERARY READING!)

I might end the lesson by having students search for the pattern in their email spam folders.

One of my favorite sayings is, "Don't believe everything you think."

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Rap Theatre for Lit Lovers! | Filmed live at the Public Theater, NY

Filmed LIVE at the PUBLIC THEATER, NY on September 5th, 2016 BARS Created by Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs MEDLEY Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrad
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:
15 November 2016

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!

I remember the buzz when Baz Luhrmann's 1996 radical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio rocked English department meetings like a Tsunami. Blasphemy or Genius? My department nearly came to blows. 

Okay, I made that part up. But there were those who were aghast and those who were ecstatic.

Let's start here. Have you "Gone Ga Ga" over Hamilton?

Do you by chance teach any of the title listed below? If so you might want to take a look at this video.


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BIG TIP FOR WATCHING if you're not particularly receptive to rap. Below the video and below the photograph of Rafael Casal, click the "•••More" link then the transcript link. Don't click the CC (closed caption) link. Rap is apparently way to fast for the Closed Caption to work. 

My preference is to watch the video and occasionally scroll down the the transcript. This is not just a rap album; it's an incredible theatre experience.
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The House on Mango Street
 • 1984
 • Pride and Prejudice
• Things Fall Apart
• Frankenstein
• Death of a Salesman
• Beloved
• Lord of the Flies
• Native Son
• The Catcher in the Rye
• Autobiography of Malcolm X
• The Alchemist 
• The Great Gatsby

Like rap or not. or like me, I don't really have an opinion about rap because getting up to speed on rap as good or bad as it might be, just hasn't (or should I say "hadn't") risen high enough on my bucket list yet to form a thoughtful opinion..

But, this video, has certainly sent rap racing towards the upper levels of my bucket list. This video is beyond remarkable. The first thoughts I had were a recollection of my core vision when teaching literature. I wanted my students to think about how I felt the first time Shakespeare was "taught at me."

That thought, "What's this old story got to do with anything I care about?" Though now embarrassed to confess it. This wasn't an expression of curiosity. In this late bloomer's pre-bloomer days, it was more of a rational for not caring; for dismissing any further interest in finding out if it actually might have something to do with anything I cared about. 

Whether you become aghast or ecstatic, what if it reaches right to the center of what your students, or some of your students, care much about? Wouldn't that be cool?

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Take A Look At The Most Epic Map Blunders Throughout The Ages

Take A Look At The Most Epic Map Blunders Throughout The Ages | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it

"An atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be."

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11 November 2016

I love having very mixed feelings about an article I anticipate either liking or disliking. I anticipated liking this article and found much to like. However, I also found myself wondering whether there was a negative bias that bumped against my own biases leaning in different directions.

The author leans towards an understandable assumption that inaccuracy is proof of blunder or lying or mythology as a sort of triumvirate of foolish or vicious falsehood.

In an ironic twist I am attracted to the video's conclusion that, "There's always more to the story."

I probably read that conclusion quite differently from the author's intention. I believe that at the Venn crossover of fact and fiction that fiction often adds an element of a greater Truth than fact alone. Not believing so would leave me thinking that his logic would dismiss the value of not only mythology, but all fiction because by definition fiction is not true.

When the author says, “Maps have an unquestionable authority, ... We’ve always thought of them as infallible, and so it’s startling and intriguing to see how wrongly they’ve sometimes shown the world to be.”

I can not read this without hearing a contemporary self-righteous condemnation of how incredibly foolish people USED TO BE when they believed "wrongly" what they were inaccurately "shown the world to be." 

Perhaps my own bias is affected by this week's headlines where there is quite disturbing evidence regarding the extent to which people today STILL  "believe wrongly" what they have been inaccurately "shown the world to be."


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Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their Novels

Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their Novels | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Even the greatest writers fall prey to "I don't know what to call this" syndrome.
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27 October 2016

Just a quick scoop of an interesting look at author's early thoughts about titles for books eventually were published under different names.

Might be of interest when discussing titles for essays or the power of rough drafts in general.

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize, Redefining Boundaries of Literature

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize, Redefining Boundaries of Literature | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
The singer and songwriter was recognized for “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
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14 October 2016

Fifty years ago, December 5, 1965 to be exact, Bob Dylan changed my life forever. Actually, the credit should go to Mr. Ferdie Kay, my senior English teacher at James Logan High School in Union City, CA. It was Mr. Kay who decided to begin his poetry unit by taking the class on a field trip to Berkeley California to see Bob Dylan in concert. 

Dylan was a bit of an odd duck in the current music scene. He wasn't rock 'n roll, wasn't exactly folk, had what was considered a terrible singing voice, and sang songs with nearly unintelligible lyrics. At least they seemed unintelligible to this late bloomer who never surfed, but was more attracted to the Beach Boys nevertheless. 

Yet, I had a peripheral interest in Peter Paul and Mary as well as Joan Baez. Mostly because of their "pleasant" voices and accessible and meaningful lyrics.

Dylan on the other hand seemed to pander to no one. His audience needed to ponder his words and forgive his voice. 

The concert was on a Sunday night, the next day in class Mr. Kay had a life changing lesson plan. We dissected one of Dylan's songs and it was the first time I remember ever feeling as though I actually began to see the "writing between the lines" that so many previous English teachers had expected me to see. He didn't tell us what to see, but rather guided us to discover what was there to consider and to begin to see the bridge between Dylan's lyrics and our own life experiences. It was exhilarating. 

By the end of the week Mr. Kay challenged us to find that exhilaration while exploring T. S. Eliot. And, we did. Mr. Kay had brought Dylan to us instead of the traditional approach of attempting to bring us to the authors who often lived in different times, different cultures, and who wrote in a version of English that just didn't quite generate a sense that their work was worth the effort. But, again, I was a "late bloomer." I was still in the cocoon of self centered "me-ness." But, Mr. Kay and Bob Dylan mark the moment when I began the long process of escaping that cocoon.

By June 1966 I'd made up my mind to become an English teacher just like Mr. Kay. I even grew a beard just like Mr. Kay's that I've worn ever since. My own career as an English teacher spanned 4 decades; a career dedicated to being the kind of teacher for my students that Mr. Kay had been for his.

Congratulations Bob Dylan. You've made millions differences to millions of people.
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Here’s How Long It Took To Write Your Favorite Book

Here’s How Long It Took To Write Your Favorite Book | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Who's the speediest novelist of them all?
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2 October 2016

The title says it all. Interesting graphic. Several titles are popular in classroom curricula. Any surprises?

By the way, titles are listed by not only "time to write" but also number of pages.

Try this, find the book with the longest writing time AND the least number of pages and calculate the time per page rate.

And of course the reverse math with the title with the shortest writing time AND the most number of pages.

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Powerful Drawings Show What It Feels Like To Be Lost In A Book

Powerful Drawings Show What It Feels Like To Be Lost In A Book | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Korean artist Jungho Lee reminds us that reading a book is the best adventure.
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20 September 2016

How cool are these? Like all great books these images reward those who take a second or third look.

There's more there there.

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August 2016: Pokémon Go in the classroom

August 2016: Pokémon Go in the classroom | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
"...have [students] create a “Google Pokemon Go Trip”. Students ... can share their journeys with others. To learn how to start this process, instructions for the Google Lit Trips project will help you out!"
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17 August 2016

One of the many great honors / pleasures of my experience with Google Lit Trips has been to extent to which the Google Lit Trips project has inspired other real world learning experiences. RealWorldMath.org being among the many. 

Today I was pretty amused to find that the Google Lit Trips concept is being suggested as a model for converting Pokémon Go into a real world learning experience. 

I have to admit that my experience with Pokémon Go is little more than noticing that it is a world-wide craze that has been the butt of a lot of lemming jokes. 

Yet, discovering this Discovery Education article reminded me of my life-long attraction to the joys and discoveries resulting from divergent thinking when it comes to lesson planning.

So... I am hoping that anyone picking up on the suggestion of trying to blend Pokémon Go with the Google Lit Trips concept will consider sharing the experience and outcomes with me at: Jerome@GoogleLitTrips.org.

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Why Actors With Disabilities Need To Be Part Of The Diversity Discussion

Why Actors With Disabilities Need To Be Part Of The Diversity Discussion | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Actor Danny Woodburn ("Seinfeld," Watchmen") says it's time to break the stigma through storytelling.
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30 July 2016

A very interesting talk about how storytelling can bring much better understanding of people with disabilities to the "able-bodied."  

I continue to believe that storytelling brings a realness to its audience that fleshes out the humanity of its audience in ways that informational reading alone generally can not. 

Perhaps it is because storytelling brings both our minds and our hearts closer to "being with" the people who inhabit the stories. Whereas by design and with good reason, informational reading tends to intentionally maintain an emotional distance.

Both provide access to deeper understandings of that for which our existing understanding has less depth. I do not argue one over the other. The question here however, is which is more effective at capturing our interest, activating our caring, and motivating us to act?

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It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar, Linguist Says

It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar, Linguist Says | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
"Language -- which all human societies have in immense grammatical complexity -- is far more interesting than pedantry."
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2 July 2016

Wondering to what extent this article will be applauded or roundly abhorred by the professional ELA community. 

Try this quote from the article  while wearing a blood pressure cuff...

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(referring to author Oliver Kamm) 

"A recovering pedant himself, he now speaks for the boldest form of descriptivism, arguing that if humans use a word outside of its traditional meaning, the new, creative use is now valid, simply by virtue of having been used at all. So, “literally” can mean “figuratively,” and “irregardless” can mean “regardless.” Adverbs — probably the mostly hotly debated part of speech — are welcome in Kamm’s world, as are split infinitives and sentences that start with “and.”
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Is your reaction to the previous quote influenced at all by this quote, also from author Oliver Kamm...

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"... I think language tuition is better focused on the need to express yourself to the right audience. Linguists refer to “register” — the different styles and ranges of formality we adopt for particular audiences. That’s not all there is to effective writing and speaking but it’s not stressed enough in usage guides."
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The essential understanding that one's audience ought to strongly influence the level of the "properness" of one's speech and writing does seem to be fading at a disturbing rate.

Yet, simultaneously, for example, the demonization of the term "political correctness;" too often code for old fashioned sexism, racism, xenophobia, and so many other forms of adamant ignorance all too common even at  the highest levels of public discourse has become seriously worrisome.


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