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Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart

An adaptation of the classic Poe story.

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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This video was an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's famous novel, The Tell Tale Heart. This video gives students a greater understanding by providing images to students who may have trouble grasping an image of what exactly is going on. 

 

I think this video would be applicable after the students have read the story, becasue it could answer any lingering questions the students may have about the story. This video could address certain questions regarding symbols, characters, and other subtle things that students may have missed while reading.

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The Odyssey animation

A funny flash animation version of Homers', The Odyssey, that I created as a project for english class, it was made in less than three weeks. Animated by Ian...

Via Magisterc Lcjsms
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This student project was a video about Homer's epic The Odyssey, and gives a detalied video about the events in his epic. The video lasts only about five minutes long and is great for students to use in order for them to have a greater understanding of the text. 

 

I think this would be a great reference if I ever asked the students to create a project about The Odyssey. This project is obviously very detailed and creative, but hopefully it would give the students a starting point or give them some idea of how to do their project. 

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6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History

6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History | English | Scoop.it

In this article, written by Peter Davis, he describes about the book burnings that is going on in our era all across the globe. Much like the firefighters in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Mr. Davis goes around in search of books and burns them. However, there is a distinct difference between the two. While the firefighters do it to destroy the knowledge contained within the novels, Mr. Davis does it because the libraries need to get rid of books due to a lack of storage space for them and to be able to keep updated with the latest books coming out. In addition, while most of the firefighters enjoy their job, Mr. Davis wishes that he could save the books that he has to destroy, similar to how Montag begins to feel after having met Clarisse McClellan. The lack of storage to house the books is most likely the cause of a lack of funding to expand the libraries because of the decline of interest in reading novels. Also, the reason they cannot be given away because that would be much more expensive than just burning them, due to the time it takes to remove all of the security features put into the books to keep them from being stolen. If the interest in reading was not curtailed by the internet and television, much like how television and radio declined the interest in books and banning of them in the novel, than there would probably be more funding put into the libraries and keeping of the old books instead of burning them. As a result of this, the libraries could keep shrinking and eventually cease to be the libraries that we all know.


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This article proposed the theory that we have entered into a era of book burning in the United States. The article lists off reasons why books are unpopular today and for the most part unused, which is why the author believes we are in a era of 'book burning'. This topic relates to the Ray Bradbury book Farenheit 451, and can be connected to some of the same details found in the book.

 

I think this would be an interesting current event article to bring in to students and have a discussion with them about it. I believe this would be benefical to students because it would give them an oppertunity to think critically about the current event at hand while relatting it to the Ray Bradbury novel. If students could make connections between the article and Ray Bradbury's book, then hopefully they will have a greater understanding about each. 

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A Brief Introduction to Romeo and Juliet - TeacherTube

TeacherTube is an educator and student friendly site for sharing the best content including educational videos, docs, audios and photos for your classroom, staff, and campus.

Via LizKelly
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This video is from a teaching website and its actually a student's project about Romeo and Juliet. The video is a montage of drawings made and sums up the novel in about three minutes. The movie is made by several 8th grade students from a middle school in Charlestown, MA but I feel the same project could be used in a high school setting. 

 

This could be an interesting video to show a class when thinking about a Shakespeare project. This project would allow students who enjoy drawing to be a major influence in this piece while also testing their knowledge of the story. This kind of project could test so many aspects of the student, including their content knowledge of the book, their creativity, and their ability to work with others. 

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LizKelly's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:25 PM

An example of something our students could do...

 

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'Nothing Any Good Isn't Hard': F. Scott Fitzgerald's Secret to Great Writing

'Nothing Any Good Isn't Hard': F. Scott Fitzgerald's Secret to Great Writing | English | Scoop.it
The 'Great Gatsby' author didn't sugarcoat his thoughts—and insisted that no writer ever should.

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This article is about The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald and how he turned into such a great author. In a pair of letters written in the 1930s Fitzgerald describes his passion for writing and how it has influenced his life. This article gives great insight into the inner workings of one of the greatest authors in the 20th century.

 

I think this would be a good article to use before reading The Great Gatsby, so students can see how passionate that F. Scott Fitzgerald is about writing. I think discussing this article in class prior to reading the novel would be benefical because it gives students a greater understanding of who he was. 

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Caitlin Moser's curator insight, March 3, 2013 10:23 PM

Get inside the mind of the author himself!

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Texas Executes Man with IQ of 61; State Cites Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” to Justify Killing

Texas Executes Man with IQ of 61; State Cites Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” to Justify Killing | English | Scoop.it
Last night, Texas executed 54-year-old Marvin Wilson, despite evidence that he was mentally disabled and reportedly sucked his thumb into adulthood.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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This article/transcript was from an interview done on podcast about a Texas man being executed and the state justified it by relating it to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Marvin Wilson was executed despite the fact that he had a 61 IQ- almost a full ten points below the regular standards, which should have excused him from an execution sentence. But the state referenced Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men novel, saying that the [novel] is a "benchmark to identify whether defendants with intellectual disability should live or die."


Personally I found this article to be shocking because I wouldn't think this would be allowed especially in today's soceity. Again this article would be a great current event discussion while reading Of Mice and Men. Hopefully this article would get students thinking about the role of Lennie in the novel and ask questions like "If he were alive today, would he have suffered the same fate as Marvin?"

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Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE | Teaching English Today

Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE | Teaching English Today | English | Scoop.it
ARTHUR MILLER'S THE CRUCIBLE. Dr Barbara Basel. A presentation at a workshop for teachers in May 2012. I've decided to focus on three aspects of this play: Why did Miller write The Crucible – the circumstances and ...

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This article was about Arthur Miller's The Crucible and why it is considered such a important book as well as why we need to keep it in our classrooms. The author labled three main points in the piece: Why did Arthur Miller write The Crucible, The Three Main Themes, and The Three Main Characters. While these all seem like fundamental quesitons the article goes indepth about each one of those points.

 

I think this is a good article because it goes indepth about the core details in the novel. It not only talks about the book itself, but it also discusses society at that time and the hysteria that was actually going on. I feel like this could be a benefical piece of text because it would give the teacher the foundation to build a unit off of. 

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BSHS - English Faculty's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:53 AM

A presentation at a workshop for teachers in May 2012 focussing on three aspects of this play:

Why did Miller write The Crucible? 
Three of the main themes in The Crucible.
Three of the main characters in The Crucible.

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The Canterbury Tales Rap (General Prologue)- In Middle English

A rap version of the General Prologue of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, with auto-tune. NEW!!! You can download the rap track now for FREE and rap your own ...

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This video featured a rap/auto-tune of the General Prolougue of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The video featured lyrics on the screen of the old English  version as well as a modern English version. The rapper sings from the old English section, and was very creative in this video.

 

I think that this would be a good way to connect to students especially with all the auto-tune music videos being produced in today's society. The General Prologue can be a little dry for people who aren't interested in this kind of text, but I feel that after watching this video people could quickly become interested in the text. That is why I believe this video would be benefical to students. 

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