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Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus.com | The Graveyard Book Video Tour Readings

Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus.com | The Graveyard Book Video Tour Readings | What is literature? | Scoop.it
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Listen and watch as Neil reads his own book.  Great for our year 8's.

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Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love

Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Author says physical books are here to stay during keynote speech on what he sees as future of books, reading and libraries
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Warns of the dangers of well meaning adults dismissing 'popular' reading material as a waste of time. Danger that we could switch kids off reading if we stop them reading what they love.
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English: what is it for? - YouTube

This animation is designed to help teachers to tune into the grand narrative of Australian Curriculum: English.
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Great animation to share with Students, parents and non 'English' teachers, to explain why we study English.  What is its purpose; how can one understand and engage with texts and in turn produce texts which demonstrate a consideration of audience, purpose and context.

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The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process

The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process | What is literature? | Scoop.it
March , 2014
Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important. Helping kids and...

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A nice visual to help students plan their creative 'digital' storytelling.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 17, 12:45 PM

This is a fantastic visual to share with teachers who are working with students and digital storytelling. I love the fact that it is circular, too, because the creative process rarely moves in a purely linear fashion. Along with the graphic  are some ideas for tools with which students (and teachers) can create their digital stories!

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 17, 3:47 PM

The process is definitely transferable to other creative thinking.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 18, 11:43 PM

I'm going to post this along with my book trailer project directions to help my students visualize the process. 

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A 13-year-old girl’s beautiful response to the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”

A 13-year-old girl’s beautiful response to the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars” | What is literature? | Scoop.it
This past week, the trailer for "The Fault in Our Stars," a story of young love complicated (to understate it) by cancer, was released... On Thursday, Naomi Horn, a young lady who has seen cancer in her mom who survived and her uncle who didn't, posted her...

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A beautiful audio review of the 'trailer' of 'The Fault in our Stars' (by John Green).

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 2, 1:32 AM

Both videos are so beautiful.

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How children's literature shapes attitudes to Asia

How children's literature shapes attitudes to Asia | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Australia’s relationship with Asia has always been a focus for heated debate and, often, misunderstanding. What role do books play in moulding this relationship?
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How shifts in literature reflect Australia's attitudes and policies towards Asia.  An interesting reflection.

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading | What is literature? | Scoop.it
25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

In the age of the Common Core and its emphasis upon having students take on more challenging text, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to the demands of increased rigor. However, in a balanced literacy program, they remain important.


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Article stressing the importance of school wide commitment to encouraging life long reading skills....to allow for choice and enjoyment as well as rigor.  

 

Some great practical suggestions as to how this might look and work in a school.

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:03 PM

Usable ideas, remember to start small and keep adding.

Lourense Das's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:18 AM

Literacy and school libraries: an inextricably team to ensure children will be prepared for the future.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:34 AM

Info Literacy and independent reading

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Small Byte #6—Storybird

Small Byte #6—Storybird | What is literature? | Scoop.it
  The art of storytelling is one of humanity's greatest gifts, and one of its most celebrated means of self-expression. Historically, every culture has used it to entertain, to share knowledge...
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Ross Crockett reviews the online digital story telling platform 'Storybird' - a tool that could be used both individually and collaboratively, to encourage students to both appreciate and create stories.

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3Q: Fiction's role in emotional development - Phys.Org

3Q: Fiction's role in emotional development - Phys.Org | What is literature? | Scoop.it
3Q: Fiction's role in emotional development
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How do you define literary identification? By literary identification, I mean the ...
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An article that explores the importance of fiction in developing good 'emotional literacy' skills.

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Rewordify.com: Understand what you read

Rewordify.com: Understand what you read | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.

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Quite nice little tool that can be used on any internet connected device; no apps required and no ads! Translates difficult words into 'plain' English, though unable to help with difficult sytax or 'non standard' language.
Could be a useful aid for ELS students. 

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, September 3, 2013 4:47 AM

Interesting idea - this could be useful in EFL teaching or just for people who are reading in English as a second language and need a bit of help.

 

I tried it on the Adobe Connect website to see if it would demystify some of the 'Marketese' though, and it didn't help much! A sentence such as 'Powering mission-critical web conferencing solutions, end-to-end, on virtually any device' is full of everyday words which are being used in an unnecessarily obscure way. Which is why I'm in favour of simply writing in plain English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_english).

 

On that subject, I recently discovered the absolutely wonderful Simple English Wikipedia (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page), which does just that.

 

ytchquelia cargill's curator insight, September 7, 2013 9:37 PM

This website is made for children that have a hard time understanding a word or sentence in the English language. By breaking down a word or difficult sentence into word that the child will be able to know.

 

Info: Rewordify.com

Mikev Techpage's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:49 PM

Structure

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Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus.com | The Graveyard Book Video Tour Readings

Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus.com | The Graveyard Book Video Tour Readings | What is literature? | Scoop.it
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Listen and watch as Neil reads his own book.  Great for our year 8's.

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Teachit - English teaching resources

Teachit - English teaching resources | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Over 17000 pages to download, print or adapt, and interactive resources for KS3, KS4 and KS5 English, media and drama teachers, with free PDFs.

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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting | What is literature? | Scoop.it
If we are cursed to forget much of what we read, there are still charms in the moments of reading a particular book…

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"But that, of course, is the stuff of reading—the going back, the poring over, the act of committing something from the experience, whether it be mood or fact, to memory. It is in the postmortem where we learn how a book really works."  (Ian Crouch)

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2012 AWW Challenge Wrap-up: Literary Fiction and Non-fiction

2012 AWW Challenge Wrap-up: Literary Fiction and Non-fiction | What is literature? | Scoop.it
What is literary fiction? Is it a genre? Is it a style? No, it’s supernovel! Seriously though, some libraries and booksellers ignore the issue altogether and simply shelve all their fiction alphabe...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | What is literature? | Scoop.it

"This lesson sequence is based on the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and is designed for a medium ability Year 8 class. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has been chosen for its inclusion on the Board of Studies recommended reading, its vast learning opportunities including the setting of World War II and themes of friendship, acceptance, and morality, as well as the multitude of lesson possibilities including WWII, characterization, war propaganda and comparisons between the novel and the film. See post on Full Lesson Rationale for further details."

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Blog by Ms Jamie Barnes - Usefully shared 8 part lesson plan to accompany the teaching  of this text.

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British Library: Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods.

British Library: Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures from the Romantic and Victorian periods. | What is literature? | Scoop.it
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Fantastic collection of original manuscripts, commentaries, insights and materials providing historical context....all relating to Romantic and Victorian period writers. An excellent study resource for both teaching staff and students.
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Differentiation and explicit teaching in English | Teaching AC English

Differentiation and explicit teaching in English | Teaching AC English | What is literature? | Scoop.it
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Professional resource to inspire teachers of the Australian English Curriculum. Incorporates a series of short videos to demonstrate possible approaches to delivering curriculum to a diverse range of needs.
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Children’s TV is political ... even Peppa Pig

Children’s TV is political ... even Peppa Pig | What is literature? | Scoop.it
In a recent post to his Telegraph blog, Piers Akerman identifies a series of faults with the ABC that stem from its purported left-wing bias.
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Light hearted...but with serious points to make, this article discusses the social / political impact of 'innocent' literature and media for children.

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The Greatest Wingmen (And Wingwomen) In Classic Literature

The Greatest Wingmen (And Wingwomen) In Classic Literature | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Ah, the wingman. An important role not just in the world of dating and episodes of How I Met Your Mother, but also in the world of literature.
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A light hearted look by Eric Smith, at the importance of this character role in literature.  

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Inanimate Alice - Homepage

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Inanimate Alice - A Digital Novel

Inanimate Alice has proven to be popular across a broad range of ages as well as with a broad range of viewers, including both book-lovers and gamers. Because the level of interactivity starts out low in episode one, increasing with each subsequent episode in order to reflect Alice's own growing abilities, we've found that we can take an audience unfamiliar with multimedia fiction with us. Educators like Inanimate Alice because of this; students from primary to post-graduate level find the work engaging.

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Was introduced to this by a year 6 teacher, who praises it highly.  An award winning site with huge potential to engage reluctant readers.

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Text to Text: A Strategy for Common Core Close Reading

Text to Text: A Strategy for Common Core Close Reading | What is literature? | Scoop.it
A CCSS strategy for comparing two written texts that speak to each other. Includes graphic organizers and 3 sample lessons. Links to more.

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Paige Jaeger 's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:34 AM

Must read! 

Sarah Olson's curator insight, October 29, 2013 2:55 PM

Close Reading Strategies

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Latest News on Content Marketing - CMA - SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY

Latest News on Content Marketing - CMA - SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY | What is literature? | Scoop.it
From structure and plot to heroes and characters, your story must have everything in place if it's to connect with the reader. Follow our guide to storytelling success.
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Clear infographic that could be used with students, as a guide in analysing the elements of a story,  and to support the creative story writing process. 

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Too much Shakespeare 'turns pupils off the Bard' - Telegraph.co.uk

Too much Shakespeare 'turns pupils off the Bard' - Telegraph.co.uk | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Too much Shakespeare 'turns pupils off the Bard' Telegraph.co.uk It follows the introduction of a draft curriculum for schools in England that requires pupils to “read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction”, including two...
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As the UK National Curriculum directs schools to increase the quantity of 'Shakespeare' taught in 'English', this article laments the possible negative effect on student enthusiasm for the subject.

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Red = Rage. Ocean = Longing. Literary =

Red = Rage. Ocean = Longing. Literary = | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Every so often I have this conversation at a school visit. THE CAST: STUDENT ENGLISH TEACHER ME THE SCENE: After my presentation, a student drags a beleaguered English teacher  to my side.
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YA author Maggie Stiefavater looks at the arguments between writers, teachers and students as to what constitutes 'literature'.

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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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PLEASE share this with senior students..... 

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Darla Grant's curator insight, June 20, 2013 2:23 PM

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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Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers

Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Adults forget all that they do while reading. We are predicting, making connections, contextualizing, critiquing, and already plotting how we might use any new insights or information. Yep, we do
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Teaching students how to read critically with strategies that would work well from junior through to senior classes.

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