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Coined by Shakespeare? Think again - The Boston Globe

Coined by Shakespeare? Think again - The Boston Globe | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
It’s a common claim of English classes and Internet listicles alike: William Shakespeare, English literature’s most canonical author, invented hundreds if not thousands of the words in our language.
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50 States, 50 Novels: A Literary Tour of the United States

50 States, 50 Novels: A Literary Tour of the United States | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
It is impossible to contain all of the United States of America in one novel. From Alabama to Wyoming, there is little to connect every work here except for the fact that they are, well, American. ...
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Cube Creator

This interactive cube creator will help your students to start their own story writing. It breaks the writing process into six distinct parts which will guide students to write their own  biographies, mystery stories, short stories, and free planning of story, a blank  template that they can customize.

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Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers

Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
New research says reading literary fiction helps people embrace ambiguous ideas and avoid snap judgments
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The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary

4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards rely heavily on a solid way to teach vocabulary. Here are a handful of fun ways to make it fun and effective!
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Teachers say digital tech affects student writing

Teachers say digital tech affects student writing | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
The informal style and sloppiness of texting and social media is finding its way into students' writing, and teachers are learning it's a problem they need to address.
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Pedagogy Stew: May 2013

When I teach plot in a literature or creative writing class, Freytag’s triangle is usually part of the lesson. (Picture a scalene triangle, with a long slope upward on the left, and a shorter slope...
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Freytag's storytelling triangle as:

Hello.

Uh-oh.

Oh no!.

Now we know.

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Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
"Deep reading" is vigorous exercise from the brain and increases our real-life capacity for empathy
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What is a poem?

What is a poem? | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
By William Fitzgerald In 1934 William Carlos Williams famously published what seems to be a note left on the refrigerator for a spouse to read, only now set typographically to look like a poem. It’s called 'This is Just to Say'.
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | English at DeMatha | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
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