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American Literature

For teachers of American Lit who want to MC Pop! FYI: it is a still from the film adaptation of the Secret Life of Bees - that film is extra pop because it features singer/actors Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson!

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Here are links to text/author resources from discussions forums thus far:

• Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451 1, 2
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter 1, 2
• Lee, Harper - To Kill A Mockingbird 1, 2
• Miller, Arthur - The Crucible 1, Death of A Salesman 1
• Poe, Edgar Allan - General Resources 1
• Salinger, J.D. - Cather in the Rye 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
• Steinbeck, John - Of Mice and Men1
• Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer
• Vonnegut, Kurt - "Little Drops of Water" 1

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Comment by Ryan Goble on July 10, 2009 at 11:47am
Made an interesting update to "The Scarlet Letter" discussion today - if you're not following that discussion you've got to read this modern day Scarlet Letter from Fast Company here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 8, 2009 at 10:18am
Lauren posted a My Space template page to follow up on the Civil War facebook discussion. If anyone is interested in using it it is a great resource - find it here.
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 29, 2009 at 7:48pm
It goes without saying that some of the greatest "American Literature" of the last 100 years can be seen in our rich cinematic traditions. If you're not a member of the "Teaching With Moving Images" group, consider joining so you can catch great resources like this article - 'Do The Right Thing' Still Asks Burning Questions. Check it out.
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 22, 2009 at 12:27pm
Hey, those of you who haven't joined the "Gender, Bodies and Sexuality" group might be interestedin the new set of books I talked about in that group today...
Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 11, 2009 at 7:48pm
ahum, I meant "if you don't believe." sorry, you can't edit these posts after a couple minutes lapse...
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 11, 2009 at 7:46pm
Hey Everyone,

As you all know, I've been learning by doing out here on the Ning. To those ends I've been telling the bigger groups that this comment area works best for short thoughts. If you're hunting for or sharing a resource it is always best to put that above in the discussion forum. That allows your topic to be easily archived and searchable when new members join or check out the group. Lots of things get lost in the comment wall... if you don't believe me check out the the Graphic Novel Group's comment wall.

From there, if you want an e-mail update about a topic or resource being discussed in the forum above because you teach that topic or have a special interest in it you have to remember to click the "follow" button at the bottom of the post.


Also, if you know that someone else might like the resource or discussion topic always feel free to click on "share" and the url will be shared with your co-teaching friend.


I say all this because there have been two resource updates to the "Edgar Allan Poe Resources" discussion above. You won't know about these additional resources or discussions unless you have clicked the "follow" button on the discussions that relate to your teaching.

So if you really like a topic - "follow" :)

Hope everyone is groovy out there!!

RRG:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on April 20, 2009 at 12:17pm
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Delete Comment FYI - Frank Baker wrote a really cool article about the storyboards for the film of To Kill A Mockingbird in the screenwriting group that might interest some of y'all.

See his post here.

RRG:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on April 20, 2009 at 9:52am
Interesting lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network:
If Only Literature Could Be a Cellphone-Free Zone
TODAY'S LESSON PLAN:
THE PLOT THICKENS?: Evaluating What is Gained - and Lost –in Literature with the Advent of Technology
Comment by patsy everett on April 8, 2009 at 7:55am
A quick and easy research paper I've had my Am. Lit kiddos do (they're sophomores) is to research their name. They don't only have to find text and online sources but also interview (which I think is a skill they need to learn).

I wouldn't call it intense, but it's fun for them to see how the melting pot of the United States doesn't end with NYC or Ellis Island, but is in their classrooms, generations and thousands of miles away.
Comment by Katie Wisnosky on April 7, 2009 at 6:57pm
I'm looking for an interesting topic to assign my students for their American Lit. research paper next year. Any ideas? This will be their first intense research paper...usually around 5-7 pages.
 

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