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Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.

 

Looking for images to use creatively? Want to modify or adapt an already constructed work? Creative Commons Search helps identify media that is available for a variety of uses. Make sure you know what your audience is, and you're one step closer to making sure everything you're working on is legal. 

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Television is a drug.

Inspired by Todd Alcott's poem, Television.

 

If you find this poem to be thrilling and fascinating, consider investigating more with this website article on the poets that inspired a generation of spoken word:

http://www.litkicks.com/BeatGen

 

Although this will not be covered in class, I think you can easily engage with the words involved in this poetry. Not only is literature self-expressive, it's interconnectedly critical. Poets, like the ones listed on that website, and even the structures of your favorite rap songs allude to fundamental stories passed on through the literature we're reading in class. Perhaps unwittingly, artists utilize centuries old rhetoric to better connect and impact society. What examples of rhetorical devices can you find in this poem? How might this relate to the themes explored in Modern American literature? What else sticks out to you? 

 

Language is all consuming, consisting all interests.

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Introducing the book

More often than not, this seems familiar to digital immigrants. As digital natives, we're more likely to quickly figure out how to use a new application or gadget. How can exploring a book be compared to exploring the internet or a new program? How can we improve our skills for both? Much of the electronic world is based off of the human capability for language. What does that mean for how and why we read what we read?

 

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Jack White - Inspiration

from the documentary "Under Great White Northern Lights"...

 

Jack White addresses binding creativity and a good work ethic to achieve amazing goals. Remember, practice makes perfect, especially in regards to writing and composition. Determination and persistence will always take you far in life. 

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Wells and Verne, by Kate Beaton

Wells and Verne, by Kate Beaton | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it

Kate Beaton brings humor to classic novels. Witty, crass, and sometimes crude, she invents her own personalities for famous authors.

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Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor

Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.

 

When considering a display for your group project, Prezi really allows for creating interesting and helpful presentations. It's much more interactive and easier to follow a line of thought.

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Ernest Hemingway Quote about Life

Ernest Hemingway Quote about Life | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it
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Shakespeare Quote

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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability

A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably — Readability | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it
Readability is a web and mobile app that zaps online clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.

 

I think what's most important about this app is the ability to save articles and share it between your devices in an eye-pleasing format. As you prepare for college, it's imperative to allocate information regarding your subjects, especially when you are preparing for research papers and assignments, as a habitual way of learning. Study and read minus webdesign and advertising distractions. Derive improved composition skills from everyday reading, using this effective tool to focus on content rather than the mostly superficial outlying designs. 

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Literature and You

This topic addresses finding interesting information and communities involved in literary society. Rather than reviewing only textual resources, we'll explore various ways to engage with our stories. As high school students, you're held responsible for a greater view of composition and rhetoric. Here are many resources to assist envisioning our expanding human thought and constructing effective arguments.

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Explore on Vimeo

Explore on Vimeo | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it
Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.

 

For all of you wanting to create videos for your displays, Vimeo is a great option. The interface really sets videos to the forefront, and the community always has something interesting to share. Vimeo's high-def players better accompany the increasing resolutions obtained via smart phone cameras. 

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Walt Whitman

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Famous American Poet

 

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Edmodo - Edmodo In Action | Help Center

Edmodo - Edmodo In Action | Help Center | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it

Here are a bunch of video tutorials and help subjects regarding Edmodo, what we will use to collaborate during group projects. You'll interact with your classmates electronically, corresponding for help or any questions. Study questions will be required to share on a regular basis.

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Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Poems from The Fellowship of the Ring, in Elvish and English (1952)

Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Poems from The Fellowship of the Ring, in Elvish and English (1952) | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it
In my book Cate Blanchett can do no wrong, but her performance in the Lord of the Rings movies was particularly spellbinding, especially when she spoke the Elvish language of J.R.R.

 

Not only is J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy remarkable in itself, it has a solid fan base following. Here's an interesting link exploring the poetry immersed in his fantasy world.

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Ray Bradbury, author of Farenheit 451, on Books

Ray Bradbury, author of Farenheit 451, on Books | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it

 

 

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Neil Gaiman: Keynote Address | The University of the Arts

Neil Gaiman: Keynote Address | The University of the Arts | Reward Yourself with Reading | Scoop.it

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts:

 I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be useful. I once misspelled Caroline, in a letter, transposing the A and the O, and I thought, “Coraline looks like a real name…”

…the rules, the assumptions, the now-we’re supposed to’s of how you get your work seen, and what you do then, are breaking down. The gatekeepers are leaving their gates. You can be as creative as you need to be to get your work seen. YouTube and the web (and whatever comes after YouTube and the web) can give you more people watching than television ever did. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are.

So make up your own rules.

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