Chicago Shakespeare Theater has printable handbooks for many of Shakespeare's plays. "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities—all aligned with the Common Core State Standards—are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language."
What did Shakespeare get right about history? What did he get wrong?
Discussion of the inclusion of specific used book titles in English/language arts classrooms as well as discuss how we are working to improve reading in and out of the classroom at every grade level. Used books in class is also about using books in class to improve reading!
Professor Robin Bates shares insights about literature—how it connects to our lives today, and how it is relevant for understanding ourselves.
Pat Conroy responds to a censorship attempt in Charleston, WV.
TED-Ed lesson the power of fiction.
"1524 N. Campbell." This house is the inspiration for 4006 Mango Street, where Esperanza lives in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
Flavorwire's list of writers whose work was more obscure and less appreciated in the nineteenth century, when they lived, than at present.
The Library of Congress shares an exhibition of "Books that Shaped America." Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says that the list is "intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not."
Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public http://t.co/2UWNXNjk #edchat
My favorite part of Shakespeare's Sonnets for iPad? It's not one thing. All the scholars/readers disagree about it. http://t.co/mxYv7B2y
The Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library in Boston, including reference, resources, and media.
"Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It’s an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?"
Teaching Artists from some of the world’s most respected Shakespeare Theatres shared active and playful approaches to enliven the teaching of Shakespeare. The weekend was presented by the UC Davis School of Education and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis in association with Globe Education (Shakespeare’s Globe, London) and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
This blog post describing a novel study of The Grapes of Wrath in an economics course is a great example of why we need to do more cross-curricular learning. Note especially the students' initial responses to the course compared with their final assessment.
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