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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, 2014 1:32 AM

Both videos are so beautiful.

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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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Kids & Family Reading Report

Kids & Family Reading Report | What is literature? | Scoop.it

In late 2015, Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted a survey to explore family attitudes and behaviours in Australia around reading books for fun.

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4 free to print / colourful infographic posters showing the results of an Australian study into child and YA reading habits and preferences.  You can also download a full written report from this page.
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Teaching Shakespeare - TES

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Teaching Shakespeare contains classroom resources and lessons including schemes of work, images and videos for Shakespeare planning, language, plays and performance.
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Fantastic site.  You will need to set up a free TES account to be able to access this wealth of peer created lessons.
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Periodic table of the figures of speech

Periodic table of the figures of speech | What is literature? | Scoop.it

 

by the VisualCommunicationsGuy.com 2014

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A clever guide to the language tools available to writers.  This takes us well beyond metaphors and similes!

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

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“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

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'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 16, 2015 5:50 PM

Every librarian needs to read this blog post - it is the soul-searing affirmation of why we do what we do. Because there is no nobler profession than that of the person who makes sure everyone has access to stories...

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 2015 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

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Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | What is literature? | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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"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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Close Reading Strategies

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Teaching with Graphic Novels 

Teaching with Graphic Novels  | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.

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An interesting assessment of the effectiveness of using and analyzing graphic novels in the classroom, and of the controversial nature of the material that may also face educators.  However the writer of the article clearly sees the value of using graphic novels as a teaching tool.
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Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation... they can improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.
Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 15, 2:29 AM

"Visual Storytelling Can Build Non-Visual Reading Skills


Although often grouped together, a graphic novel is not the same as a comic book. Unlike the Sunday comic stripes or short serialized superhero stories, graphic novels contain all of the aspects of any school-assigned book: a beginning, a middle, an end, conflict, character development, resolution, and many other literary characteristics. However, graphic novels often use panels and images to also tell the story.

“The most significant difference from a comic is that the graphic novel’s text is both written and visual,” English teacher Cat Turner explained to the National Council of Teachers of English. “Every part of each frame plays a role in the interpretation of the text, and hence, graphic novels actually demand sophisticated readers.”

 

This more diverse and complex style of storytelling may be especially beneficial to students who struggle with large sections of text. The combinations of short lines of text and images throughout may deliver the same information to a student as a lengthy paragraph, but feel more palatable.

 

Due to space limitations in a panel on on the page, graphic novels also showcase efficient writing, mirroring a habit that readers can practice themselves. The unique combination of image and text can also improve comprehension and even vocabulary, as students have more context to derive their clues from. The School Library Journal noted one example of graphic novels in the classroom where an educator gave half the class Hamlet as the traditional text and the rest the graphic novelization. Those who read the graphic novel spent almost one fewer hour reading and scored higher on a comprehension quiz later.

 

Some educators argue that reading through images can be just as important as learning to read through text, particularly with the proliferation of visual media. Graphic novels also provide nontraditional learners an opportunity to get excited about reading and thrive via the mixed medium.

 

“Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional texts,” educational publisher Scholastic explained. “Even those deemed poor readers willingly and enthusiastically gravitate toward these books. Readers who are not interested in reading or who, despite being capable of reading, prefer gaming or watching media, can be pulled into a story by the visual elements of graphic novels.”

 

When Graphic Novels Are Too Graphic
One of the major criticism over graphic novels is the depiction of violent, graphic, racy, or scandalous images. Some of the most famous graphic novels, such as the Watchmen and Persepolis, feature scenes or stories of serious violence.

 

However, advocates of graphic novels argue that the issue is often not with the content but the presentation. As SLJ noted, the problem may be what researcher Steven Cary calls the “naked buns” effect. This is a paradox where the text of the phrase “naked buns” is not perceived as offensive or indecent while the illustration of the phrase would be. It is the image not the concept that can lead to controversy.

 

In the past, the graphic memoir Fun Home has faced controversy when it was assigned as reading for college students due to its depiction of sex. Fellow autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis has also been protested when assigned to middle school students because of a scene involving torture. Following the “naked buns” argument, this content may only be seen as more offensive than traditional novels because of its illustration of the concepts versus its discussion of them.

However, many books that have been banned or censored throughout history in U.S. are now looked at as literary masterpieces and assigned regularly, such as The Canterbury Tales , The Grapes of Wrath , and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .

 

 

Ways to Begin Integrating Comics Into Curriculum
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation, but this also makes it more difficult for educators to incorporate these works into their curriculum.

 

Shelley Hong Xu, associate professor in the department of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach, recommended that teachers start slow and learn more about graphic novels in general, according to the NCTE. Xu advocates for educators to spend time reading a graphic novel and noting their own comprehension skills.

 

“I think that every preservice and inservice teacher needs to experience this activity in order to better understand literacy knowledge and skills that students use with reading comics and graphic novels,” Xu said.

 

Teachers should also learn about the genre of graphic novels and what their students are most interested in learning or what their experience with the genre is. There are a number of graphic novels that are directly focused on historic events and may act as teaching tools on their own, but there are many others that would be meritless in the classroom.

 

Teachers who want to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum should also expect some pushback from parents and administrators, Xu argued. Educators should explain how these texts can help students reach their education goals, improve reading comprehension, and provide other benefits. Students may be less likely to push back about the inclusion of graphic novels in class, but educators should be prepared to coach students on how to read graphic novels and deal with other difficulties that may arise.

 

Although graphic novels are unlikely to cure modern reading issues in the classroom, their unique style of storytelling and more exciting visual medium can help address specific pain points by attracting a wider variety of readers, leading to more consistent recreational reading and creating healthy reading habits."

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The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare

Percy Stow's The Tempest (1908) takes an innovative cinematic approach in that it attempts a complete précis of the entire play staged specifically for the cameras.
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Beautiful 12 minute 'silent movie' rendition of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.  
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317 Power Words That'll Instantly Make You a Better Writer • Boost Blog Traffic

317 Power Words That'll Instantly Make You a Better Writer • Boost Blog Traffic | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Ever wish there was a shortcut to tap into your readers' emotions? An easy way to make them feel exactly what you want? Well there is. Power words.
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Interesting - good discussion starter with older students about the 'purpose' of writing.  This focuses on making an impact with words (grabbing attention to increase readership / make powerful speeches / marketing etc).  Includes a great list of 'power words'.

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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations

8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations | What is literature? | Scoop.it
From Sparkol.com comes a great article profiling 8 different storytelling techniques to use for remarkable and memorable presentations.
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While this is aimed at teaching how to deliver effective speeches, it is also an excellent source of explaining how stories may be constructed.  Clear written explanations and examples, interspersed with video samples demonstrating the techniques.
 

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The Boat | SBS

The Boat | SBS | What is literature? | Scoop.it
‘The Boat’, an interactive graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Based on the story by Nam Le, adapted by Matt Huynh.
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Stunningly beautiful and moving adaptation of Nam Le's short story.  So much you could do with this in terms of reviewing a visual text with older students.    Confronting in its tragedy, and with occasionally strong language - more suited to senior school.

 

http://cbcsa.org.au/blog/74-sbs-has-released-an-interactive-graphic-novel

This link will take you to a review and video clip of the illustrator for the novel, who talks about the creative process behind this unique visual and literary experience.

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CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets

CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets | What is literature? | Scoop.it

CommonLit is a nonprofit organisation building an open-source, free collection of news, poetry, and stories to support literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking.


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Choose a theme - choose a discussion question - choose a text.

Open-source resources offering a great range for primary through to year 12 students.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:27 AM

Interesting range of materials. 

Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 2015 4:16 PM

Cool!  I'm an English teacher, and anything that helps to promote literacy and exposure to new and interesting texts gets an A in my book.

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:07 AM

These texts can be downloaded and are aimed at varying literacy levels. The topics are broad and can be used to promote critical thinking. In an ELT context they could be used to form the basis of discussions. The text worksheets also contain questions to encourage reflection and debate.

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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

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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, 2014 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, 2014 3:47 PM

The process is definitely transferable to other creative thinking.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 18, 2014 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, 2014 1:32 AM

Both videos are so beautiful.

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How children's literature shapes attitudes to Asia

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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

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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

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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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