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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critica...
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Not only a gifted author, but one of the best explanations of why we read literature.  Green's segment on Emily Dickinson is one I use regularly to teach the poet.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 27, 2013 9:31 PM

PLEASE share this with senior students..... 

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This Is How to Use Twitter to Search for Educational Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This Is How to Use Twitter to Search for Educational Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it

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Twitter is such a great educational tool.  Kids love getting into technology even if it has an educational purpose.
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Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods

Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
There is little evidence to show that teaching students according to perceived 'learning styles' has any positive effect on their learning.

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Varying instruction to add visual and tactile components is just good teaching and keeps the kids awake and engaged, but I've been done with the "learning styles" argument for years.
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Worcester students petition White House to change 'ELL' label

Worcester students petition White House to change 'ELL' label | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
WORCESTER – Local charter school students have launched an effort to change what they feel is a stigmatizing label given to students learning English as a second language.Students at Seven Hills Charter Public School filed a petition Thursday on the White House website seeking to retire the phrase “English language learner.” Instead, the petition wants to call those kids “multilingual students.”“The strengths-based label highlights the fact that being
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Love the positive nature of "multi-lingual" students.

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Immigrant students sharpen English skills with poetry

Immigrant students sharpen English skills with poetry | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
A big adjustment for a lot of kids new to the country is learning to speak English. At one school, the performing arts are helping students improve language skills.
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What a great way to incorporate poetry!

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Catharine Bramkamp's curator insight, January 26, 12:52 PM

Poetry, like music, lives in the air, in the telling.  Most poets memorize their works, another great way to internalize both the language and to make your own creative works more real.

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It Was the Best of Books, It Was the Worst of Books | CTQ

It Was the Best of Books, It Was the Worst of Books | CTQ | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
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I also struggle with the choice of canonical books vs. modern and more diverse texts.  I completely agree that sometimes items from the canon offer a more rich investigation of the writing process.  I am glad to hear that other teachers are saving some of the rich texts from the past.

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What We Can Do When Kids Don’t Write Clearly

What We Can Do When Kids Don’t Write Clearly | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
The difficulty students have in writing clearly can be traced to many factors, says literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo, from muddled pre-CCSS standards to weak teaching practices. Here she offers c…
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Yes, we need to focus on writing clearly and starting at the sentence level.

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Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.
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I like it.  

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Professors, teachers erasing America's history and culture

Professors, teachers erasing America's history and culture | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, August 3, 2015 − While most Americans weren't looking, our schools − colleges, universities, and high schools − have largely abandoned what was once their central enterprise, transmitti...
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"It has been said that the teaching of Homer, St. Thomas, Shakespeare, Freud and Einstein constitutes the perpetuation of the power of “dead white males” over women and minorities. This ignores the fact that Western civilization offers the hope of a better life to men and women of every race and nation."
I love to teach the classics of the cannon to a diverse group so that we can make that hope of a better life our own!

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What The College Kids Are Reading

What The College Kids Are Reading | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Book programs for freshmen — and sometimes a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at eight U.S. schools range from chilling nonfiction to poetry.
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Community reads are a great way to get the conversation going.

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The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies

The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies, Revised February 2013
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I love that technology is part of literacy.

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work

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cherimacleod's curator insight, June 14, 2015 1:09 AM

Tools tools tools

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, June 14, 2015 5:37 PM

Tony Vincent - Learning in Hand - always provides excellent resources for classrooms.

James I.'s curator insight, June 16, 2015 9:43 PM

Love the fact that this infographic focuses both on the web and mobile possibilities.

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Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - The Boston Globe

Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - The Boston Globe | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
“According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind. Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age 5 knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay grader, like the one Massachusetts may use as part of its new public school tests, thinks it is exceptionally good prose. PARCC, the consortium of states including Massachusetts that is developing assessments for the Common Core Curriculum, has contracted with Pearson Education, the same company that graded the notorious SAT essay, to grade the essay portions of the Common Core tests. Some students throughout Massachusetts just took the pilot test, which wasted precious school time on an exercise that will provide no feedback to students or to their schools. It was, however, not wasted time for Pearson.
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I am a teacher of English.  I cannot imagine a world in which computers can grade essays for clarity, coherence, and meaning.  The sample sentence in this article is horrifying!

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What teaching is and isn’t

What teaching is and isn’t | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
It's Teacher Appreciation Week.
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Teaching is far more complex than I gave it credit for prior to becomming a teacher.  Good teachers have to work at it just like anything else.

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3 Very Good Tools to Annotate Web Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Very Good Tools to Annotate Web Content ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it

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Teach Students to Write Strong Paragraphs

Teach Students to Write Strong Paragraphs | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Literacy expert Sarah Tantillo takes readers step by step through a construction process that will help students build stronger paragraphs and better essays.
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I have my students write so many paragraphs for this reason.  
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Conquering Difficult ELA Standards: Author’s Structure | Scholastic.com

Conquering Difficult ELA Standards: Author’s Structure | Scholastic.com | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Master difficult Common Core ELA State Standards (such as RI.3.8 - author’s structure) with teacher-created materials that break down challenging skills for young learners.
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Great way to teach structure to young readers!  This helps immensely when they get to AP Language.

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Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.
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My students don't visit libraries.  I find that unfortunate and sad that they are missing out on such an important part of reading and learning.

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‘Use More Expressive Words!’ Teachers Bark, Beseech, Implore

‘Use More Expressive Words!’ Teachers Bark, Beseech, Implore | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Hoping to encourage lively writing, some teachers want to stop students from using words deemed vague or dull. Like “said.”
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I agree, and I disagree.  Certainly we should try to use more expressive words, but the students should understand where and why this is important.

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Making Words Dance - Language Magazine

Making Words Dance - Language Magazine | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley explain why we need to read and write more poetry in (and outside of) the classroom
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I have made it my mission to find each student a poem they can relate to during the years in my class.  They don't understand that poetry is as varied as television and books.  There are some programs, books, poems they won't like, and there are some they will.

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How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Edudemic

How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Edudemic | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Becoming critical consumers of online material requires knowing what qualifies as quality content and how to judge what is good material and what is not.
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It's unfair to expect students to evaluate source material when we don't teach them how to do it.

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Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids

Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Letting kids choose what and how they read without judgment is a great way to get them hooked. Joining a "Somewhat Virtual Book Club" can also help.
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Teacher reading/books clubs are a great idea!

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Catharine Bramkamp's curator insight, July 30, 2015 12:18 PM

Connecting books with other forms of entertainment: video games, film, apps, tv show, is a great way to bridge the gap between reading and "fun".  I also think that we need to get over the idea the reading is superior to other forms of relaxation and  that literature is "better" than film. Books are part of the whole, and if an author does his or her job, that book will become "better than".  But first we need to make books part of our lives.

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Bringing Twitter to the Classroom

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Social media can turn an awkward school discussion into an addictive debate.

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Twitter is such a great learning tool!

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Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring.
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We need more strategies to create expert readers!

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Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably

Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably | Teaching English Literature | Scoop.it
Parents in Idaho called the cops last week on junior-high student Brady Kissel when she had the nerve to help distribute a book they'd succeeded in banning from
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I love that kids are fighting for their rights to read literature!

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