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Googling won’t do

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It’s the age of “click and find.” But there is no replacement for the human brain as a learning tool.
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Low-Stakes Writing Exercises: 3 Tips to Get Started - Teaching Channel

Low-Stakes Writing Exercises: 3 Tips to Get Started - Teaching Channel | Teaching | Scoop.it

"When we give students writing assignments, the purpose is often to share ideas and demonstrate understanding. We have students write persuasive essays to demonstrate their ability to make and support arguments, or write answers to questions that we use to assess their understanding. But, as Joan Didion explains, writing can also be a way to develop understanding."

 


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Genres & Themes in Literature for Middle & High School Students : Teaching Language Arts & More

Subscribe Now: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ehow Watch More: http://www.youtube.com/ehow Genres and themes are a very important aspect...
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Could be useful for Year 7/8 Band 2 classes

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8 Dystopian Books Just As Good As 'The Hunger Games'

8 Dystopian Books Just As Good As 'The Hunger Games' | Teaching | Scoop.it
Nowadays, we associate the word with any work of fiction that depicts a "bad place," typically set in the near future. Here's my roundup of books that help track the evolution of the "bad place" in literature, from Tudor times to 2013.
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Before I Got My Eye Put Out - The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Crash Course English Lit #8

In which John Green concludes the Crash Course Literature mini-series with an examination of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Sure, John explores the creepy bi...
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These "crash course" Youtube videos are pretty cool! :)

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Does reading literature increase empathy?

Does reading literature increase empathy? | Teaching | Scoop.it

Here's a report on a series of studies that purport to show that reading a few minutes of "literary fiction" improves scores on a test of emotional empathy ("Reading the Mind in the Eyes"), compared to reading non-fiction. Reading popular fiction did nothing to improve scores over those of non-reading controls.

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People ranging in age from 18 to 75 were recruited for each of five experiments. They were paid $2 or $3 each to read for a few minutes. Some were given excerpts from award-winning literary fiction (Don DeLillo, Wendell Berry). Others were given best sellers like Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” a Rosamunde Pilcher romance or a Robert Heinlein science fiction tale.

 

...As I have suggested before, I would rather engage in psychotherapy with a therapist who reads Dostoevsky and Melville than with one who reads books about the brain. It would be lovely if a case could be built that shows that the reading of literature can make you a better (e.g., more empathetic) person.

 

by Glenn Sullivan 


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Brenda J. Alegria's curator insight, December 9, 2013 6:15 PM

I found this article intresting in how studies were conducted to see if reading fiction increases empathy skills. 

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens (Neil Gaiman on why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming:
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