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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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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.

Via Nik Peachey, Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat
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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…

Via Darla Grant
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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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Graphic novels as literature: The Complete Maus enters curriculum

Graphic novels as literature: The Complete Maus enters curriculum | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Next year, senior students in Victoria will be able to study classic graphic novel, The Complete Maus, as part of the prescribed English curriculum.
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Intro.Lit Analysis

Overview of literary analysis process for work of fiction. Includes overview of story elements and rhetorical devices
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Slideshare presentation on defining and analysing literature.  Clear presentation that would work well with senior students.

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Defining Literature | Academic | Teen Ink

Defining Literature | Academic | Teen Ink | What is literature? | Scoop.it
The word "literature" implies a certain prestige bestowed upon only the finest writing. To
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A Classic - Defining the Term or the Concept of Classics in Literature

A Classic - Defining the Term or the Concept of Classics in Literature | What is literature? | Scoop.it
The definition of a classic can be a hotly debated topic. Depending on what you read, or the experience of the person you question on the topic, you may receive a wide range of answers. So, what is a classic--in the context of books and literature?
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Children's Literature Assembly

An organization dedicated to bringing children's literature and advocates of children's literature together.

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Darla Grant's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:50 PM

Let's keep those kids reading.  There are some great examples here.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Books: Great Dystopian Novels - The 12 Best Dystopian Novels

Great Dystopian Novels - The 12 Best Dystopian Novels: Literature has been a defining part of culture since the ...

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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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Goodreads

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Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!
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Highly recommend sharing this 'social' book site to senior students.

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So What Do You Think? Writing a Review - ReadWriteThink

So What Do You Think? Writing a Review - ReadWriteThink | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Writing a review of an author’s work challenges students to develop their critical thinking skills. It provides an opportunity for students to speak their minds—and to enjoy being heard.
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Lesson plan and template aimed at Y9+ students.

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The politics of defining literature

The politics of defining literature | What is literature? | Scoop.it
A very good introduction to the subject is Terry Eagleton's "Introduction: What is Literature?" (the first chapter of Literary Theory: An Introduction). In it, he enumerates several ways by which w...
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New Literacy Standards Could Challenge Even Passionate Readers

New Literacy Standards Could Challenge Even Passionate Readers | What is literature? | Scoop.it
A week with a Washington High honors student highlights the hopes and challenges of a national push to deepen adolescent literacy.

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Defining Young Adult Literature | readful things blog

Defining Young Adult Literature | readful things blog | What is literature? | Scoop.it
Reblogged from Scribbles & Wanderlust: I'm currently taking a genre study course on young adult literature, and we're trying to find a way to define the genre, so that it encompasses current YA, classic YA, and all the ...

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