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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

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Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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13 April 2016

Up Front: I found this article quite refreshing in it's handling of teaching literature and ELA Common Core, as it addresses both some of the important concerns I have about the focus of the ELA Common Core Standards as well as one of my favorite aspects of the ELA Common Core Standards.

 I happen to like the treating of both Literary Reading and Informational Reading as different, but essential reading skill sets. And, if handled skillfully, each skill set can bring an important "value add" to the other; this being one of the core elements of the Google Lit Trips project vision. 

Fiction set in the real world by definition seamlessly blends the value of literary reading's appeal to both the head and heart with the real world value of cross-curricular real world informational reading. I finished reading this article feeling justified in my reservations about the Common Core's misdirection of the value of Literary Reading, as well as justified in my appreciation for the benefits to be had by skillful blending the very different skills sets of both literary and informational reading into an enlightenment and understanding that reaches above and beyond that of either skill set alone. 

It's not a tug of war, but a cooperative pairing if done well


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, April 13, 9:09 PM
13 April 2016
Up Front: I found this article quite refreshing in it's handling of teaching literature and ELA Common Core, as it addresses both some of the important concerns I have about the focus of the ELA Common Core Standards as well as one of my favorite aspects of the ELA Common Core Standards. 

 happen to like the treating of both Literary Reading and Informational Reading as different, but essential reading skill sets. And, if handled skillfully, each skill set can bring an important "value add" to the other; this being one of the core elements of the Google Lit Trips project vision. 

 Fiction set in the real world by definition seamlessly blends the value of literary reading's appeal to both the head and heart with the real world value of cross-curricular real world informational reading. 

I finished reading this article feeling justified in my reservations about the Common Core's misdirection of the value of Literary Reading, as well as justified in my appreciation for the benefits to be had by the skillful blending of the very different skills sets of both literary and informational reading into an enlightenment and understanding that reaches above and beyond that of either skill set alone. It's not a tug of war, but a cooperative pairing if done well .

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Does Reading Literature Really Beef Up Your Brain?

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A new study offers hints.
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4 September 2015

 

Every educator, tasked with the responsibility of preparing students for standardized tests in literary reading or the responsibility for defending the importance of literary reading would be wise to consider author Christian Jarrett's contentions in this challenging article.

 

I found this article to be incredibly thought provoking in spite of its dangerously misleading title.

 

The first consideration in my mind was the implied intention of the article title. My immediate assumption was that the article might support or challenge the belief that reading literature is beneficial.  Seemed an obvious assumption.

 

However, a close read, revealed no answer to the question in the article's title. What it did reveal is that assumptions made by those defending the benefits of literary reading have relied upon inadequate evidence for their assumptions.

 

Perhaps a better title might have been something to the effect of, "Can we design research studies that adequately documents the relationship between literary reading and its assumed benefits?

 

To that question, the author builds a rather convincing case that no such study to date has adequately evidenced such a relationship. Suggesting that no such study has yet to be done however, is quite different from drawing a conclusion that "therefore a negative conclusion about Literary Reading's benefit" is an appropriate conclusion. 

 

And to be clear, the author is making this distinction very clearly. It is the headline that makes an ambiguous and therefore potentially misleading statement about the article's focus. 

 

The author cites a conclusion from one of several cited studies that he does like. And, it is a conclusion that I not only agree myself, but also incorporate as a primary premise for the design of Google Lit Trips. That conclusion being...

 

_____

"We draw a parallel between the non-linear process a reader goes through in reading a complex text, and the mix of uncertainties, choices, blunderings, successes, and insights that we all live through on a daily basis.” 

_____

 

It is the bridge between the static text and the infinite variables brought to the text by the reader that plays a large role in whether or not the reading of the text does or does not "beef up" our brains. It's Vygotsky again. Where was the reader's zone of proximal development at the time of the reading? 

 

The author's point is more along the lines of, the assumptions of research studies in this area may be flawed as evidenced by conclusions that are "largely speculation." The evidence being that researchers can not be certain that there are not other mundane explanations for a study's conclusions, such differences in "intelligence" between one reader and the next. 

 

And, then the author adds another variable not considered in existing research...

 

_____

"And they (the researchers) know nothing of the students’ well-being, outlook, or coping skills in real life."

_____

 

Again the infinite variables brought to literary reading by the reader, are... let's just say it, virtually impossible to control in a research study.

 

I can not help but suggest that a careful reading of this article provides sufficient reason to wonder if there is a parallel relationship between the article's serious concerns and concerns associated with current educational attempts to assess student skills in literary reading in circumstances that ask students to read under pressure not normally associated with literary reading in the real world, and to read excerpts from literature "old enough" to be in the public domain, thereby generally speaking written in styles not nearly as familiar as more contemporary writing styles for which more students could find themselves able to make the important connections to the literature ala Vygotsky's zone of proximal development.

 

To put it simply, has there yet been a research study about how to determine direct evidence that current literary assessment structures actually do provide evidence linking the assessment structure and conclusions drawn from the assessment to whether or not student's are deriving the benefits of literary reading?

 

 

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Dan Corkery: Reading the first draft of literary history

For many high school students, Harper Lee's
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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 2, 2015 9:43 PM

2 August 2015

 

Like many I suppose, I've struggled with formulating my thoughts about the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman. When I came across this article, I was immediately struck by the title emphasizing two of my main concerns; it is a FIRST DRAFT and it is referenced as LITERARY HISTORY.

 

My hope was that the potentially irreparable damage caused to the reputation of Harper Lee and to the reputation of To Kill a Mockingbird, could be pre-empted.

 

It became clear in the anticipatory frenzy for the publication of Go Set a Watchman, that much misdirected and negative commentary would dominate the headlines.

 

It was never a secret that Go Set a Watchman was a problematic rough draft. Yet it was also quite clear that the focus of critical review would treat it as a scandalous revelation about Atticus Finch as though Go Set a Watchman was an intended sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. It isn't, wasn't and was never intended to be a sequel. The character called Atticus Finch in Go Set a Watchman is NOT the same character as the character named Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. To assume that they are the same character, to intentionally or unintentionally lead students to the assumption that Go Set a Watchman is a sequel or that the two very different Atticus's were intended by Harper Lee to be the same person is irresponsible to use a more sedate adjective than I might have used.

 

To even assume that Harper Lee actually and knowingly approved of publishing Go Set a Watchman is an ill-informed assumption leading many to assume that she has given tacit approval to a belief that the two Atticus's are one and the same.

 

To even reference Go Set a Watchman as "this new book" is misleading. First it is older not newer. This is not nitpicking. It is addressing the issue of literary history for what it is a document of historical value when studying the writing process. Calling Go Set a Watchman a "new book" will lead too many to neglect to remember that it is a rough draft that Harper Lee recognized with the help of an editor as not being the book she really should have written. 

 

When I read Go Set a Watchman (by the way, those of us who pre-ordered the iBook version were able to read the book the day before the actual paper-based publication), it became clear fairly quickly that Go Set a Watchman would run into problems even making its way into a classroom. After all, how many works of literature have met with serious objection to a book's content that would be found far less objectionable than 28 year old Scout's telling a childhood flame that she would consider having an affair with him but that she would not consider marrying him?

 

Personally, I think Go Set a Watchman's value is limited to literary scholarship interested in its revelations about Harper Lee's writing practice. I fear that its use as if it were actual literature intended to be shared by its author, would seriously misdirect attention away from an exquisite work of literary achievement by an author who chose herself not to publish her early draftings.

 

I don't know if this metaphor works, but to me it would be like judging a meal created by a chef by the mess that was made in the kitchen and not sufficiently cleaned up.

 

My challenge...

If you choose to incorporate Go Set a Watchman into your study of To Kill A Mockingbird, be prepared to craft its inclusion in such a way that students, many of whom may not be astute enough to avoid leaving the experience believing that Atticus turned into a racist after To Kill A Mockingbird ended. He didn't. And, Harper Lee deserves better.

 

btw.. My guess is that Harper Lee wanted to include a character unlike the easy to distinguish the easy to dislike racist characters such as the Ewells as racist. The more subtle issues arise when the racist is family. My guess? Making Atticus this character simply did not work. The solution? Shift the family racist character to Aunt Alexandra. 

 

For what it's worth:

When you read Go Set a Watchman, Aunt Alexandra doesn't really play a well-conceived role. Giving her the role of the family racist in To Kill A Mockingbird makes her an important dilemma for Scout, Jem, and Atticus while leaving Atticus and Miss Maudie, who has no role in Go Set a Watchman, to represent the more admirable traits of good people in a "not-so-good" society in To Kill A Mockingbird. 

 

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You Can Plant This Children's Book And It Will Grow Into A Tree

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Need a tree? Plant this book.

Publishing company Pequeño Editor created a hand-stitched children's book made from acid-free paper, ecological ink and jacaranda seeds, as part of a project c
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12 May 2015

 

An intriguing concept. Perhaps more conceptual art than disruptive business plan. Nevertheless. There's obviously a question about single use books to consider. The "cost" of cutting trees  to produce paper for books decreases, at least a bit, when books are reread and shared with friends or library patrons.  But, symbolically speaking, As a one-time experience for a kid, it might plant a life-long appreciation for both books and trees that pay back and pay forward many times over.

 

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Things That Must Not Be Forgotten by Michael David Kwan

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3 April 2015

 

We're proud to announce the publication of our newest Google Lit Trip.This unique Lit Trip for Michael David Kwan’s memoir, Things That Must Not Be Forgotten was developed by the author’s son Nick Kwan. 


Nick Kwan blends elements of his father’s book with his own discoveries about his family as he searched for the world his father grew up in as a child in China.

 

“An award-winning memoir that describes the childhood of Kwan, a young boy living in Beijing in the 1930s. Abandoned by his Swiss mother and overwhelmed by his father, Kwan's life is thrown into turmoil when the Japanese invade.”

~ Google Books

 

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan UPDATED!

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

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3 November 2014

 

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

 

Google Lit Trips fans using any of the following Lit Trip titles can upgrade now. All previous versions will become obsolete once the new Google Lit Trips website is launched sometime in the next few months.

 

Esperanza Rising v2 by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A Small Dog's Big Life v2 by Irene Kelly

The Slave Dancer v5 by Paula Fox

The Kite Runner v6 by Khaled Hosseini

The Grapes of Wrath v7 by John Steinbeck

Flotsam v3 by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil Jumper v4 by Julie Cummins

Going Home v3 by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London v4 by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart v5 by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela v3 by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story v4 by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings v4 by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars v4 by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon v4 by Sid Fleishman

 

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox UPDATED

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, October 22, 2014 6:16 PM

21 October 2014

 

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

 

Google Lit Trips fans using any of the following Lit Trip titles can upgrade now. All previous versions will become obsolete once the new Google Lit Trips website is launched sometime in the next few months.

 

The Slave Dancer v5 by Paula Fox

The Kite Runner v6 by Khaled Hosseini

The Grapes of Wrath v7 by John Steinbeck

Flotsam v3 by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil Jumper v4 by Julie Cummins

Going Home v3 by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London v4 by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart v5 by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela v3 by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story v4 by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings v4 by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars v4 by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon v4 by Sid Fleishman

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini UPDATED

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

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21 October 2014

 

The Kite Runner v6 just published. Lots of media and weblink updates!

 

Google Lit Trips fans using any of the following Lit Trip titles can upgrade now. All previous versions will become obsolete once the new Google Lit Trips website is launched sometime in the next few months.

 

The Kite Runner v6 by Khaled Hosseini

The Grapes of Wrath v7 by John Steinbeck

Flotsam v3 by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil Jumper v4 by Julie Cummins

Going Home v3 by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London v4 by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart v5 by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela v3 by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story v4 by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings v4 by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars v4 by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon v4 by Sid Fleishman

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Big Changes Coming to Google Lit Trips!

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Very Important Information for ALL Google Lit Trips Users!

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20 September 2014

 The good news that I can share is that a completely redesigned and updated website is under development. The anticipated transition date is still undetermined.

 

In preparation for the transition to the new site, we will be revising ALL existing Google Lit Trips over the next several weeks to reflect changes we are making in our media storage location. We will be posting those revisions on the existing site as they are completed so that those using these titles can update to the new versions as soon as they are available.

 

It is IMPORTANT to know that the media in previous versions of existing Google Lit Trips may cease to work properly once the new site is published.

 

You can check the existing website to see an updated list of the new versions as they are published.

 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 20, 2014 9:54 PM

20 September 2014

 The good news that I can share is that a completely redesigned and updated website is under development. The anticipated transition date is still undetermined.

 

In preparation for the transition to the new site, we will be revising ALL existing Google Lit Trips over the next several weeks to reflect changes we are making in our media storage location. We will be posting those revisions on the existing site as they are completed so that those using these titles can update to the new versions as soon as they are available.

 

It is IMPORTANT to know that the media in previous versions of existing Google Lit Trips may cease to work properly once the new site is published.

 

You can check the existing website to see an updated list of the new versions as they are published.

 

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Google Lit Trips First Ever Back to School Fund Raising Effort!

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10 August 2014

 

Two great ways to support the Google Lit Trips project.

1. Make a tax-deductible donation in any amount.

2. Use the Amazon Link on our home page to do your back to school shopping. 

 

It's that easy. 

 

And, thanks for what you do to support reading education around the globe!

 

Jerome Burg

founder & president

Google Lit Trips is the flagship project of GLT Global ED a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit

 

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

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8 May 2014

 

Happy to announce The Slave Dancer v4 Google Lit Trips update!

 

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A Life Changing Trip by Hannah Ryder

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9 April 2014

 

If you like Google Lit Trips, you just might love GLT Personal Journeys!

 

Hannah Ryder shares her story of a life changing journey she made to Washington D.C. as one of her state's two chosen representatives to the 2009 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children's Congress.

 

 

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Google Lit Trips is now encouraging students to tell their own significant Personal Journey Stories. If you would like to have them considered for publication on the Google Lit Trips website (www.GoogleLitTrips.com) contact us at:


BoardofDirectors@GLTGlobalED.org for more information.

 

 

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Um exemplo em Português em http://goo.gl/J1wCdz

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Tour Builder for Lit Trips

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, March 20, 2014 6:08 PM

20 March 2014

 

There is so much happening behind the scenes at Google Lit Trips that we can't wait to be able to let you in on it all.

 

But, we can share this exciting news...

We are now encouraging educators and students to explore Tour Builder (https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com), Google’s new mapping tool specifically designed for place-based storytelling. 

 

It’s still in BETA. However, if you’ve got  just a little pioneering spirit and even a small bit of that “want to be on the cutting edge passion,” Tour Builder is incredibly easy to use. 

 

We  invite you to explore the following pioneering efforts already underway. Links are on the www.GoogleLitTrips.com home page.

 

Tour Builder Lit Trips

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

 

Tour Builder Personal Stories

West Coast Adventure (Student Created)

 

Stay tuned. 

 

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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island - BBC News

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Oxford University academics discover a first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays in a Scottish stately home.
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All I can say is "I'll be darned." As an English major this is of MAJOR interest.

To students not inclined to become English majors, perhaps the interest, if any is modest.

But to those of us who care as deeply as we do it is "blow your mind" exciting that such discoveries are still to be hoped for.


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, April 13, 3:12 AM
12 April 2016

All I can say is "I'll be darned." As an English major this is of MAJOR interest.

To students not inclined to become English majors, perhaps the interest, if any is modest.

But to those of us who care as deeply as we do it is "blow your mind" exciting that such discoveries are still to be hoped for.

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Does Reading Literature Really Beef Up Your Brain?

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A new study offers hints.
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4 September 2015

 

Every educator, tasked with the responsibility of preparing students for standardized tests in literary reading or the responsibility for defending the importance of literary reading would be wise to consider author Christian Jarrett's contentions in this challenging article.

 

I found this article to be incredibly thought provoking in spite of its dangerously misleading title.

 

The first consideration in my mind was the implied intention of the article title. My immediate assumption was that the article might support or challenge the belief that reading literature is beneficial.  Seemed an obvious assumption.

 

However, a close read, revealed no answer to the question in the article's title. What it did reveal is that assumptions made by those defending the benefits of literary reading have relied upon inadequate evidence for their assumptions.

 

Perhaps a better title might have been something to the effect of, "Can we design research studies that adequately documents the relationship between literary reading and its assumed benefits?

 

To that question, the author builds a rather convincing case that no such study to date has adequately evidenced such a relationship. Suggesting that no such study has yet to be done however, is quite different from drawing a conclusion that "therefore a negative conclusion about Literary Reading's benefit" is an appropriate conclusion. 

 

And to be clear, the author is making this distinction very clearly. It is the headline that makes an ambiguous and therefore potentially misleading statement about the article's focus. 

 

The author cites a conclusion from one of several cited studies that he does like. And, it is a conclusion that I not only agree myself, but also incorporate as a primary premise for the design of Google Lit Trips. That conclusion being...

 

_____

"We draw a parallel between the non-linear process a reader goes through in reading a complex text, and the mix of uncertainties, choices, blunderings, successes, and insights that we all live through on a daily basis.” 

_____


It is the bridge between the static text and the infinite variables brought to the text by the reader that plays a large role in whether or not the reading of the text does or does not "beef up" our brains. It's Vygotsky again. Where was the reader's zone of proximal development at the time of the reading? 


The author's point is more along the lines of, the assumptions of research studies in this area may be flawed as evidenced by conclusions that are "largely speculation." The evidence being that researchers can not be certain that there are not other mundane explanations for a study's conclusions, such differences in "intelligence" between one reader and the next.


And, then the author adds another variable not considered in existing research...


_____

"And they (the researchers) know nothing of the students’ well-being, outlook, or coping skills in real life."

_____


Again the infinite variables brought to literary reading by the reader, are... let's just say it, virtually impossible to control in a research study.


I can not help but suggest that a careful reading of this article provides sufficient reason to wonder if there is a parallel relationship between the article's serious concerns and concerns associated with current educational attempts to assess student skills in literary reading in circumstances that ask students to read under pressure not normally associated with literary reading in the real world, and to read excerpts from literature "old enough" to be in the public domain, thereby generally speaking written in styles not nearly as familiar as more contemporary writing styles for which more students could find themselves able to make the important connections to the literature ala Vygotsky's zone of proximal development.


To put it simply, has there yet been a research study about how to determine direct evidence that current literary assessment structures actually do provide evidence linking the assessment structure and conclusions drawn from the assessment to whether or not student's are deriving the benefits of literary reading?

 

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

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Five more Google Lit Trips UPDATES!

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15 May 2015

 

Today we posted five updated Google Lit Trips including Journey to Topaz, The Kite Runner, Lost! Marching for Freedom and Night

 

This brings the total number of updated Lit Trips to 29 so far this month. 

 

See the complete list of updated Lit Trips at www.GoogleLitTrips.org 

 

IMPORTANT: ALL Google Lit Trips are being updated in anticipation of our imminent transition to our new website.  Older versions may soon not work properly.

 

 ~ GoogleLitTrips.org ~

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23 Lit Trips Updates in Last 4 Days!

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7 May 2015: If you use any of these Google Lit Trips, you'll definitely want to download these recent updates. More on the way!

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 7, 2015 8:33 PM

7 MAY 2015: If you use any of the Google Lit Trips above, you'll definitely want to download these very recent updates.

 

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Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad

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22 November 2014

 

Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

 

Google Lit Trips fans using any of the following Lit Trip titles can upgrade now. All previous versions will become obsolete once the new Google Lit Trips website is launched sometime in the next few months.

 

Pedro's Journal v3 by Pam Conrad

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan v4 by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars v5 by Lois Lowry

We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Fever 1798 v2 by Laurie Halse Anderson

A Small Dog's Big Life v2 by Irene Kelly

Night by Elie Wiesel

The Slave Dancer v5 by Paula Fox

The Kite Runner v6 by Khaled Hosseini

The Grapes of Wrath v7 by John Steinbeck

Flotsam v3 by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil Jumper v4 by Julie Cummins

Going Home v3 by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London v4 by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart v5 by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela v3 by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story v4 by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings v4 by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars v4 by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon v4 by Sid Fleishman

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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson UPDATED!

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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox UPDATED

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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, October 22, 2014 6:16 PM

21 October 2014

 

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox added to list of refreshed Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our updated website.

 

Google Lit Trips fans using any of the following Lit Trip titles can upgrade now. All previous versions will become obsolete once the new Google Lit Trips website is launched sometime in the next few months.

 

The Slave Dancer v5 by Paula Fox

The Kite Runner v6 by Khaled Hosseini

The Grapes of Wrath v7 by John Steinbeck

Flotsam v3 by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil Jumper v4 by Julie Cummins

Going Home v3 by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London v4 by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart v5 by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela v3 by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story v4 by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings v4 by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars v4 by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon v4 by Sid Fleishman

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck UPDATED

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck UPDATED | What They're Saying About Google Lit Trips | Scoop.it

Another classic Google Lit Trip updated in preparation for the new COMING-SOMETIME-SOON completely updated and redesigned website.

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11 October 2014

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IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE USING GOOGLE LIT TRIPS

We're updating almost all existing Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our redesigned website. As each update is completed it is being posted on the current website. Both the current versions and the updated versions will work. However, previous media in previous versions may not continue to work well once the transition is made to the new website.

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 We've just updated the Lit Trip for The Grapes of Wrath. Lots of new media, updated, discussion starters, and supplementary weblinks.  The following Lit Trips have already been updated for the new website ready and are now available on existing website:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Flotsam by David WiesnerSam Patch Daredevil  Jumper by Julie Cummins

Going Home by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon by Sid Fleishman


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, October 11, 2014 7:54 PM

11 October 2014

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IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE USING GOOGLE LIT TRIPS

We're updating almost all existing Lit Trips in preparation for the launch of our redesigned website. As each update is completed it is being posted on the current website. Both the current versions and the updated versions will work. However, previous media in previous versions may not continue to work well once the transition is made to the new website.

__________

 We've just updated the Lit Trip for The Grapes of Wrath. Lots of new media, updated, discussion starters, and supplementary weblinks.  The following Lit Trips have already been updated for the new website ready and are now available on existing website: 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Sam Patch Daredevil  Jumper by Julie Cummins

Going Home by Margaret Wild

A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie DePaola

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

By the Great Hornspoon by Sid Fleishman


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Episode 45: Talking With Jerome Burg

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In this episode: Mike talks with Jerome Burg about Google Lit Trips and more...  
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12 August 2014

 

I was honored to have been interviewed by Mike Vollmert for his and Andrew Schwab's great "The reboot ED Podcast."  

 

Here it is in its "unedited as it happened" wholeness. We galloped through a wide range of Google Lit Trips topics. I was very happy to have had a chance to touch many of my favorite bases including a bit of a discussion about the underlying pedagogy upon which Google Lit Trips are based, cross-curricular and cross-cultural goals, even CCSS ELA issues, and a few of the new directions coming down the line for the project.

 

If you happen to have not visited The reboot ED Podcast before, take a look. Mike and Andrew have interviewed some big voices in the ED Tech world.

 

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6 virtual field trips to give lesson plans a boost

6 virtual field trips to give lesson plans a boost | What They're Saying About Google Lit Trips | Scoop.it
Don't have the budget to travel the world? That doesn't mean students have to miss out! 
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:

28 July 2014

Always nice to get a shout out for Google Lit Trips in people's blogs!

 

What can I say when Google Lit Trips is suggested as a highly recommended site for "virtual field trips"?

 

Al I can say is I'm truly honored. Thanks to the good people at D Education DIVE

 

This one is particularly glowing in that it begins...

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"Definitely one of the most creative of the virtual field trips, Google Lit Trips allows users to track the fictional journeys of beloved literary characters..."

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by the way...

Google Lit Trips fans should be on the alert tons of news about to burst.


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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 8, 2014 9:26 PM

8 May 2014

 

The Google Lit Trips project is proud to  announce the publication of a Google Tour Builder version of  the Lit Trip for Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

 

We have also refreshed the original Google Earth version of The Diary of a Young Girl Lit Trip as well.

 

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In Search of Beowulf

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, March 22, 2014 1:12 AM

21 March 2014

 

Though true that Beowulf is undoubtedly not a true story, there is reason to believe that elements of the story are based upon historical places and events common to the legends of many of our oldest stories.

This Google Lit Trip is based upon the archeological work of Tom Christensen published under the title “Lejere: Beyond the Legend- the archeaological evidence.” Christensen’s work led to what may have been the model for the descriptions of The Long Hall” in Beowulf.

As you explore this Lit Trip, you can virtually travel to the archaeological site, view the locations mentioned, and read about the evidence upon which Christensen builds a rather convincing case.


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