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Resources and ideas for English teachers in South Africa, courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School  (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at avanzyl@phs.org.za)
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F. Scott Fitzgerald | The Great American Writer | Biography

Published on Apr 10, 2019
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (known as F. Scott Fitzgerald) was a short story writer and novelist considered one of the pre-eminent authors in the history of American literature due almost entirely to the enormous posthumous success of his third book, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps the quintessential American novel, as well as a definitive social history of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby has become required reading for virtually every American high school student and has had a transportive effect on generation after generation of readers.

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#ShowUs a more inclusive vision of beauty I Mic

Published on Mar 27, 2019
You can’t be what you can’t see. Dove is partnering with Getty Images, Girlgaze and women everywhere to build the world’s largest photo library to shatter beauty stereotypes. Sponsored by Dove

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Why are more youth in the West turning to poetry? | Al Jazeera

Published on Mar 31, 2019
Poetry is on the rise globally as the youth turn to it in a bid to make sense of an increasingly changing, fast-paced world.
In the United States, the number of poetry readers is at an all-time high. In the United Kingdom, the market in poetry has grown by almost 50 percent over the last five years to more than $15m.
The largest consumers are women between the ages of 13 and 24.

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Word Play Hardware Shop - Foil Arms and Hog

Published on Mar 21, 2019
Word Play Hardware Shop - Foil Arms and Hog

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The Professor And The Madman Official Trailer

Published on Mar 10, 2019
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Julius Caesar’s Assassination: The All-Hands Meeting I McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Julius Caesar’s Assassination: The All-Hands Meeting I McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

BRUTUS: Hey everyone, thanks for coming in on such short notice. Tomorrow’s the big day and I just want to make sure we’re all aligned on Q1’s assassination goals.

CASSIUS: Brutus, relax. The Board already approved our proposal for murder.

BRUTUS: I know, it’s just that Rome’s shareholders really want us to achieve positive homicide flow.

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Jordan Peterson: How to write an essay I Big Think

Jordan Peterson: How to write an essay I Big Think | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

The best way to improve your thinking is to learn how to write, says Jordan Peterson. His ten-step process for writing an essay is time consuming, but the benefits are worth it. From the granular to the macro, every facet of writing is covered in his template.

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Woza Albert Final Rehearsal I Expresso Show

Published on Mar 11, 2019
Original Woza Albert! Comes to South African State Theatre
Performers and storytellers extraordinaire, the dynamic and renowned original actors of the internationally acclaimed South African classic Woza Albert! Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, together with their original crew, have regrouped to stage this world-class form of protest theatre once more, and they are headed to the South African State Theatre this March 2019.

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Notes of a native son: the world according to James Baldwin I TED-Ed

Published on Feb 12, 2019
In the 1960s, the FBI amassed almost 2,000 documents in an investigation into one of America’s most celebrated minds. The subject of this inquiry was a writer named James Baldwin, one of the best-selling black authors in the world at the time. What made him loom so large in the imaginations of both the public and the authorities? Christina Greer explores the life and works of James Baldwin.

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Why should you read sci-fi superstar Octavia E. Butler? I TED-Ed

Published on Feb 25, 2019
Much science fiction features white male heroes who blast aliens or become saviors of brown people. Octavia E. Butler knew she could tell a better story. She built stunning worlds rife with diverse characters, and brought nuance and depth to the representation of their experiences. Ayana Jamieson and Moya Bailey dive into the works of the visionary storyteller who upended science fiction.

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Candace Amarante - Whiteface I CBC

Published on Feb 26, 2019
‘When I found out that my friends were going to have ‘Oshiroi’, I wanted it too.’

Candace Amarante was four years old when her father moved the family to Tokyo, Japan. “We stuck out like sore thumbs,” Amarante says of the experience. While she holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, Amarante has left academia to pursue writing children’s books. She brings us Whiteface , a story she experienced during her childhood while her family grappled with integrating into a very different culture.
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Into Africa and Wole Soyinka: Crash Course Theater #49

Published on Feb 22, 2019
It's difficult to talk about African theater thanks to colonialism. Pre-colonial Africa was home to many spoken languages, and not nearly as many written languages. The chain of oral tradition was broken by colonial policies, and so many pre-colonial traditions are lost. Today, we're going to talk about some of the dance and theater traditions of Africa, and look at post-colonial theater across the continent.

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Antioxidant, Moonwalking and 98 Other Words Turning 100 This Year | Mental Floss

Published on Feb 20, 2019
Did you know the words antioxidant, sports car, and moonwalking are turning 100 this year? Moonwalking will be 100 years old in 2019, along with other words and phrases like antioxidant or blood typing. In this episode of the Mental Floss List Show, Erin (@erincmccarthy) shares our favorite 100 words and phrases such as balletomane, broadband, and offline that are hitting their one hundredth birthday this year.

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Oh, We Don’t Sell Food At This Restaurant — We Purvey Provisions - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Oh, We Don’t Sell Food At This Restaurant — We Purvey Provisions - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

May I get you begun with some hydration? Ah, already inquiring about the potables, are we! Indeed. If you turn to the Libations portion of the Bill of Fare, you will find Drams, Elixirs, Tinctures, Tonics, Concoctions, Potions, Antidotes, and of course Ambrosias. No matter what you order, it is sure to arrive in a vessel that embarrasses you.

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Victoria Turk: "Digital Etiquette: The Future of Good Manners" | Talks at Google

Published on Mar 27, 2019
How do you reply to your colleague's weird email? What might Debrett's say about your Tinder profile? And just how do you know if you're mansplaining? In her new book, Victoria Turk, a Senior Editor at Wired UK in charge of the culture section of the print magazine, provides an indispensable guide to minding our manners in a brave new online world.

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Out in America: St. Paul - Tom Papa I Live from Here

Published on Mar 17, 2019
This week, Tom Papa visits St. Paul at the tail end of winter; meets a woman who's run away from home after being stuck inside with her family all winter; and squeezes in some grub at Mickey's Dining Car.

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Why should you read Sylvia Plath? I TED-Ed

Published on Mar 7, 2019
Under her shrewd eye and pen, Sylvia Plath turned everyday objects into haunting images: a “new statue in a drafty museum,” a shadow in a mirror, a slab of soap. Her breathtaking perspectives and unflinching language made her a touchstone for readers seeking to break the silence around issues of trauma, frustration and sexuality. Iseult Gillespie shares why Plath's writing continues to captivate.

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On High Heels and Lotus Feet | Summer Brennan I Granta

On High Heels and Lotus Feet | Summer Brennan I Granta | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

13 March 2019

Sometime around eleven to twelve hundred years ago, in a palace of the Tang Dynasty in Imperial China, a young dancing girl was encouraged to wrap her feet tightly in cloth so that they would remain small, dainty and beautiful, while the rest of her body grew to maturity. Or maybe not. Instead of a young dancing girl, perhaps it was the king’s favorite concubine, who tied up her feet so that they were shaped like little hooves, to dance with on the golden stage shaped like a lotus flower that she had built for him. Because the king liked it, the other concubines followed suit.

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Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival | Smithsonian Voices

Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival | Smithsonian Voices | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Every year, the Smithsonian hosts a film festival that celebrates linguistic diversity as part of its Recovering Voices Initiative. Now in its fourth year, the Mother Tongue Film Festival kicks off Thursday, February 21—International Mother Language Day—and features 62 languages in more than 20 films from 34 countries including Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Guam, and Bhutan.

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Offset Print Advert By McCann: New Stereotypes Available | Ads of the World

Offset Print Advert By McCann: New Stereotypes Available | Ads of the World | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Print advertisement created by McCann, Argentina for Offset, within the category: Professional Services.

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A clever series of images from Shutterstock offering "New Stereotypes". Might make for some interesting conversations in class..

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Charles Dickens Plotted to Send His Wife to an Asylum I LiveScience

Published on Feb 26, 2019
Analysis of long-hidden letters reveals that Dickens schemed to have his wife falsely declared insane.

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How 'Good Men' Can Fight Toxic Masculinity | HuffPost

Published on Feb 28, 2019
The #MeToo movement isn’t just for survivors and alleged predators. The movement progresses when everyday men join the conversation. But how? “ICYMI By HuffPost” delves into the complex topic with a Conscious Masculinity Coach then goes even deeper in a conversation with HuffPost reporters and regular men.

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What the #$@!% are these? I VOX

Published on Feb 22, 2019
How these @*#%!$ things became a symbol for cursing.

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Saraba at 10: A Guide to the Magazine’s 30 Issues, Poetry Chapbooks, and Supplements

Saraba at 10: A Guide to the Magazine’s 30 Issues, Poetry Chapbooks, and Supplements | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

February 2019

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Saraba Magazine recently made all of its back issues available. This comprises 30 releases: 22 main issues, five individual poetry chapbook releases, and three special supplement issues.

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