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Search for Tomorrow: Science Fiction Literature and Today's Student

Search for Tomorrow: Science Fiction Literature and Today's Student | Literature | Scoop.it

This unit is designed for the 8th grade classroom. The unit introduces the genre of science fiction, the themes of science fiction, using materials from Verne to Wells


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The Essential Posthuman Science Fiction Reading List

The Essential Posthuman Science Fiction Reading List | Literature | Scoop.it

Science fiction has always asked what comes after Homo sapiens. A superhuman version of our species, or a dying planet devoid of intelligent life? This list of 35 essential posthuman novels will get you started answering the big questions too. From Slan to Uglies, Marooned in Real Time to The Dying Earth.


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Crime and punishment: Juvenile offenders study Russian literature - Washington Post

Crime and punishment: Juvenile offenders study Russian literature - Washington Post | Literature | Scoop.it

Crime and punishment: Juvenile offenders study Russian literature Washington Post No one's predicting a miracle cure for recidivism, a national problem. But there's no cost to the Department of Juvenile Justice for the class.


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This will make for an excellent conversation article after reading Russian fiction.

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'Germany's appetite for Russian gas is a threat to Europe’s security and sovereignty.' @investorseurope

'Germany's appetite for Russian gas is a threat to Europe’s security and sovereignty.' @investorseurope | Literature | Scoop.it

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin’s play to wrest control of Ukraine is accentuating divisions in the European Union over how to balance climate and energy policies, driving a wedge between Germany and its eastern neighbor Poland.

By moving forces into the Crimea region, the Russian president caused a jump in natural gas prices from the U.K. to Germany, highlighting Europe’s dependence on gas piped through Ukrainian territory.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has turned on Germany, saying that its appetite for Russian gas as it shifts to clean energy is “a threat to Europe’s security and sovereignty.”

The German-Polish split underscores a broader dilemma over the direction of Europe’s $13 trillion economy and the energy model that powers it. Merkel is focused on cutting pollution and closing German nuclear reactors, consuming more Russian gas in the process. Tusk, more concerned with energy security, is pushing coal and atomic power, and yesterday backed a law to speed up hydraulic fracking to get at domestic hydrocarbons.

“Germany and Poland in many ways represent a fault line when it comes to defining Europe’s future energy mix,” William Pearson, London-based director for global energy and natural resources at the Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy, said in a March 7 telephone interview. Both, he said, “enjoy the support” of other EU nations.

Oder-Neisse Line

The divergence has implications for businesses as well as consumers on both sides of the Oder-Neisse Line, the post-World War II boundary first proposed by the Soviet Union at the Yalta Conference in 1945 and which still forms the present-day border between Poland and Germany.

Tusk is buoyed by Poland’s shale gas reserves, ranked as Europe’s biggest by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It estimates that Poland has technically recoverable shale-gas resources of 148 trillion cubic feet, or about as much as a quarter of the U.S. level.

Polish authorities have granted about 100 licenses to foreign and domestic companies to drill for unconventional gas and have sought to revive investments from companies including Marathon Oil Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp.

Fracking Divide

About 20 kilometers east of the border in the Polish town of Lubsko, Baltic Ceramics SA Chief Executive Officer Piotr Wozniak plans to begin building a $20 million factory this year to supply the nascent fracking industry. He is betting that Europe will try to emulate the shale-gas boom that has brought the U.S. close to energy-independence.

Across the river in Germany, Merkel is closing reactors by 2022 as she pursues the biggest transition to renewable energy of any developed country in history. With her Social Democratic Party coalition partner opposed to fracking, Merkel’s government has imposed a moratorium on new drilling using the technology.

Alwin Guedesen, a retired former communications engineer, illustrates the German government’s dilemma. Guedesen, 67, who in the 1980s worked on a NATO project to detect Warsaw Pact tank movements via seismic amplitudes, now spends much of his time trying to stop a different encroachment: drilling for gas near his home in the Weser valley of Lower Saxony.

Right Strategy

The practice may contaminate groundwater and cause earthquakes, Guedesen said. He says the risks connected with the technology mean that pushing fracking in Europe isn’t the right strategy to reduce dependence on Russia.

That makes little sense to Wozniak, whose plant will produce the ceramic material that props open rocks cracked in the fracking process so that gas can flow into the well more quickly.

“Europe has to make strategic choices about its future,” Wozniak said in a March 5 telephone interview. “The Ukrainian lesson should help tip the balance towards energy security rather than environmental issues.”

Poland plans to build its first nuclear power plant by the end of 2024. It would have a capacity of at least 1,000 megawatts, or enough for about 800,000 homes in the U.S. It intends to have 3,000 megawatts of nuclear capacity by 2030 and to double that level by 2035.

As much as 2,800 megawatts of new coal capacity is being built and at least 1,900 megawatts being developed as PGE SA, the country’s largest utility, and its competitors seek to replace older plants fired by lignite and hard coal.

‘Paralyzing Europe’

Tusk’s government, which depends on Russia for about two-thirds of Poland’s gas, plans to diversify its imports of the fuel in the next few years. Tusk said the EU and Germany should do the same. About 35 percent of German oil and gas imports come from Russia.

Taking aim at the EU’s current climate and energy policies, Tusk said this week that he’d discuss with Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Warsaw today how to prevent Germany’s dependence on Russian gas imports “from paralyzing Europe when it needs decisive action.”

One route would be for the EU to consider collective purchases of gas to increase its leverage in talks with Russia, he told reporters. Merkel said the companies had to be on board to build an internal European market for energy.

“It’s not the German government that buys gas,” Merkel said. “It’s EON, it’s RWE, it’s BASF.”

Tusk’s hand is strengthened by rising gas prices since Russian troops took control of Crimea over the weekend of March 1-2. Front-month gas in the U.K., a European benchmark, has gained 3.5 percent since then. The contract jumped 10 percent on March 3, its biggest one-day gain since September 2011, on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange.

Power Prices

While Poland strives above all for energy security, Merkel’s government is also seeking to lower prices for consumers. German private households pay the second-highest power prices in the EU behind Denmark, according to Eurostat data. Germans pay an average 0.29 euros a kilowatt-hour, almost double the 0.15 euros/kWh Polish households must pay.

Tusk’s Cabinet approved a law yesterday aimed at speeding up drilling for shale gas, forecasting about 30 new wells drilled and the country’s first commercial well coming onstream this year.

“Shale gas is probably one of the beneficiaries of the Russian-Ukrainian dispute,” said Pearson of the Eurasia Group. “I’m confident that shale will be a long-term factor in the fuel mix in Europe.”

Germany and Poland have clashed over energy before. In 2006, Radoslaw Sikorski, then Poland’s defense minister who is now foreign minister, compared a planned natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea circumventing Polish territory with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that carved up Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union before World War II.

Nord Stream

Nord Stream, a joint venture between German companies BASF AG and EON SE with Russia’s OAO Gazprom chaired by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, was completed in 2011. Russia in December 2012 began building the $20 billion South Stream pipeline to send gas to central Europe across the Black Sea and the Balkans -- a project it said will improve EU energy security since it bypasses Ukraine, where price disputes have disrupted exports in recent years.

“Supporting the construction of the Nord Stream pipelines may have given Germans a false sense of energy security,” said Keith Smith at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington-based research group focused on energy policy. “The dangerous situation in Ukraine may, however, cause a re-think in German energy policies.”

Ukraine and Europe’s future climate and energy framework will be the focus of the March 20-21 EU summit in Brussels, European Commission President Jose Barroso told members of the European Parliament today in Strasbourg, France.

“In the light of the crisis in Ukraine, no one will need to be reminded of the costs and dangers of Europe’s remaining energy dependence,” Barroso said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at
snicola2@bloomberg.net
; Marek Strzelecki in Warsaw at
mstrzelecki1@bloomberg.net
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at
landberg@bloomberg.net
Alan Crawford


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Understanding Russia Today

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Article from Sean Dubberke is director, intercultural programs for RW3 CultureWizard, New York, NY


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Use to demonstrate an ongoing world concern between Russia and the world.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:05 AM

There are very few good and accurate  articles about dealing and doing business with Russians in the 21st century and this article is one of them.. However, it was written in 2011 before the reelection of president Vladimir Putin which has a great impact on the way Russia is perceived outside Russia via its leader.

 

With the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games I have seen so much misunderstandings about Russia and was surprised that the fear and hate of the Russians are still very present in the western mentalities for people over 40 who was born before or during the Soviet Union.


Although I would not say that working with Russians is easy, I really enjoy the dynamism and enthusiasm of most people I meet in Moscow, especially women entrepreneurs, that can largely compensate the challenges of dealing with intercultural differences.

 

 

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The Merchant of Venice–Act I | 260daysofshakespeare

The Merchant of Venice–Act I | 260daysofshakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it
Word game time. Top five things that come to mind seeing the words, “The Merchant of Venice.” Exotic, ships, money, sea-side, misers. Create your own! Onto the first scene, Oh, glum Antonio, why art thou sad?
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This may not be my favorite page from 260daysofshakespeare, but the site has great summaries for my students during the final unit of Shakespeare II. 

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Shakespeare 'round the Globe

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Is Shakespeare a universal language? England's famed Globe Theatre is celebrating the bard's birth by staging all 37 Shakespearean dramas presented by 37 international companies in 37 languages. The six-week program, Globe to Globe, begins April 23, 2012, and will also include Shakespeare's poem "Venus and Adonis,'' which will be performed in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotha, Setswana, Afrikaans, and South African English.


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As You Like It is all the Shakespeare you need this summer | The Pitch

As You Like It is all the Shakespeare you need this summer | The Pitch | Literature | Scoop.it

Last year's Shakespeare Festival tackled two shows: the ever-delightful A Midsummer Night's Dream and the weighty Antony and Cleopatra. This summer, the festival has dispensed with a tragic half to concentrate on the season-appropriate As You Like It — flowers, weddings, the love of nature and the nature of love.


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How should Shakespeare really sound?

How should Shakespeare really sound? | Literature | Scoop.it
Audio: The British Library have released the first audio guide to how Shakespeare's plays would have sounded in the original pronunciation.

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Lucas Strohm's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:54 PM

Interesting to hear.

Heather Perkins's curator insight, April 2, 2013 10:17 AM

English has evolved over the centuries and gained influences from other languages and cultures over time (notably from the Normans). Shakespeare's English isn't actually "Old English," though the diction and pronunciation differ from what we use today.

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Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices | KCUR

Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices | KCUR | Literature | Scoop.it

For 18 of its 21 seasons, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has been running summer camps for kids in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.


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100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare

100 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it

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Stella Renee's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:21 AM

Has a great list of links for teaching Shakespeare and appealing to modern readers. A valuable resource for my English Classroom.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:36 PM

Awesome resource!

Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 2015 12:02 AM

Teaching shakespeare!!!

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96 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare

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 Bard Isn't Hard: 10 Resources For Teaching Shakespeare

The Bard Isn't Hard: 10 Resources For Teaching Shakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it
Teaching Shakespeare’s intrigues are not on the serving platter for today, there will be no Titus Andronicus’ baking boys into meat pies. We’re discussing love. Love is hard enough for a fifteen-year old to swallow.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 12, 2013 10:43 PM

There are many great resources available on Shakespeare and this post provides a wide range of sites that may be of interest. The areas covered include:

* Best Shakespeare Sites including a Shakespeare search engine

* Shakespeare's Insults

* Knowmia demystifies MacBeth

* Introducing Younger Students to Shakespeare

* Shakespeare's Poems

* 10 Unique Shakespeare Adaptations

* The Shakespeare Prison Project

* Shakespeare for Teens

* A PBS Documentary - In Search of Shakespeare

You might also want to take a virtual tour of Globe Theater at http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour

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Nerd Alert!! :-)

Scott Nicholson's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:51 AM

Q1) Even though this website is geared towards teaching Shakespeare, do you think it could be adapted to facilitate your own learning and understanding of him and his works? Why/why not and how?

 

Q2) Shakespeare is known to be notoriously difficult to learn and is abhorred by students the world over. As such, would you argue that Shakespeare is still relevant in an English curriculum context? This question extends to not only how important his works are but also how engaging or interesting you might find them.

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Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science

Lab Lit: Writing Fiction Based on Real Science | Literature | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students learn about the genre of “lab lit,” then choose from a number of activities in which they explore an area of science through reading and writing lab lit themselves.

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Final assessment over science fiction reading - collaborate with biology teachers!

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Sunday Book Review|What Were the First Books You Felt You 'Should' Read? - New York Times

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Sunday Book Review|What Were the First Books You Felt You 'Should' Read?
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I would reread it years later in a Russian-literature-in-translation course in college, and come to love if never fully to understand it.

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Use this text for the performance event practice at the end of the Russia unit.

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Taking down Putin with Russian literature - Washington Post (blog)

Taking down Putin with Russian literature - Washington Post (blog) | Literature | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Taking down Putin with Russian literature Washington Post (blog) But before its 10-point takedown, which challenges, among other things, Putin's claims of a Ukrainian humanitarian crisis (there's “absolutely no evidence”) and...
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This will make for an interesting segue into Russian fiction from our nonfiction mini-unit in English II.

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These Sanctioned Russian Individuals Have Direct Access To Putin

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The Russian individuals being sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury are well known players close to President Vladimir Putin.

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Use during informational text subsection of Russia unit.

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YEAR 9: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ESSAY RESPONSE

YEAR 9: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ESSAY RESPONSE | Literature | Scoop.it
“‘Shylock is a villain as a result of the way he has been treated.’ Discuss”   The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare depicts a Jewish money-lender, Shylock, as the antagonist and villain of...

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Merchant of Venice model text for literary analysis essay.

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ShakespeareHelp - Merchant of Venice Lesson Resources

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ShakespeareHelp - Merchant of Venice Lesson Resources


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Lesson Plans to use with my Merchant of Venice unit. 

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'Quadrophenia' meets Shakespeare

'Quadrophenia' meets Shakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it

Two households, both alike in dignity…From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.’

 

'Quadrophenia' meets Shakespeare in Hiraeth Artistic Productions visceral, vibrant and sexually charged adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

 

From the company that created the critically acclaimed, box office successes Macbeth, A Life in the Theatre and Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's classic tale of forbidden love is transported into the cultural din of 1960's Brighton.

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(EN) - Shakespeare's Words Glossary | William Shakespeare

(EN) - Shakespeare's Words Glossary | William Shakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the new website of Shakespeare's Words, the online version of the best-selling glossary and language companion.

The site integrates the full text of the plays and poems with the entire Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader."


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bank of words that Shakespeare has created

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Virtual Tour / Shakespeare's Globe

Virtual Tour / Shakespeare's Globe | Literature | Scoop.it

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If you want learners to get a feel for what Shakespeare’s theatre looked like, then look no further than this virtual tour.

All that's required is the free Quicktime plugin for the browser and users can take a 360 tour of...

- the stage,

- the yard,

- the middle gallery, and

- the upper gallery

… all without leaving the learning environment..

Anna-Mae Wiesenthal's curator insight, November 29, 2013 3:29 PM

A rebirth of the Globe Theatre! A cool way to explore Shakespeare's Globe.

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Shakespeare Uncovered : PBS LearningMedia - Free resources

Shakespeare Uncovered : PBS LearningMedia - Free resources | Literature | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page

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Stella Renee's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:21 AM

Webpage covers a range of themes in Shakespeare's plays, a good resource for English classroom.

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Shakespeare Uncovered - Videos and Lesson Plans

Shakespeare Uncovered - Videos and Lesson Plans | Literature | Scoop.it

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iPad Programs Help Students With Shakespeare

iPad Programs Help Students With Shakespeare | Literature | Scoop.it

"WordPlay Shakespeare and other programs allow readers to watch or listen to sections of his works as they view the text..."

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