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Penguinrandomhouse. Grew up in? Orlando, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama Childhood ambition? For a little while, I wanted to be an earthworm scientist. But from about the age of six on, I wanted to write. Desert island book? My favorite books _about_ a desert island is “Lord of the Flies.” Favorite city? Chicago Favorite movie? Rushmore Where do you write? In a little office off of our bedroom. What made you decide to write Looking for Alaska? I always wanted to write a novel, but I guess I started writing that particular one because I was thinking a lot about loss.

What would you like readers to learn from Miles? I’m not sure I want anyone to learn anything from reading my books necessarily, but I do hope that Miles’ story gets readers thinking seriously about what our values and priorities should be. What adjectives would you use to describe Looking for Alaska? Oh jeez. Favorite food? Sushi Favorite song? “New Partner,” by the Palace Brothers Favorite item of clothing? Greatest achievement?

Getting married, I think. The Proposal - a one-act play by Anton Chekhov. CHUBUKOV: My dear fellow, whom do I see! Ivan Vassilevitch! I am extremely glad! [Squeezes his hand] Now this is a surprise, my darling ... How are you? LOMOV: Thank you. And how may you be getting on? CHUBUKOV: We just get along somehow, my angel, to your prayers, and so on. LOMOV: No, I've come only to see you, honoured Stepan Stepanovitch. CHUBUKOV: Then why are you in evening dress, my precious? LOMOV: Well, you see, it's like this. CHUBUKOV: [Aside] He's come to borrow money! LOMOV: You see, Honour Stepanitch ... CHUBUKOV: Oh, don't go round and round it, darling! LOMOV: One moment ... this very minute. CHUBUKOV: [Joyfully] By Jove!

LOMOV: I have the honour to ask ... CHUBUKOV: [Interrupting] My dear fellow ... LOMOV: [Greatly moved] Honoured Stepan Stepanovitch, do you think I may count on her consent? CHUBUKOV: Why, of course, my darling, and ... as if she won't consent! LOMOV: It's cold ... [NATALYA STEPANOVNA comes in.] NATALYA STEPANOVNA: Well, there! LOMOV: Yes, mine. LOMOV: How? To Kill a Mockingbird: One Book, One Chicago Fall 2001 | Chicago Public Library.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Introduction This guide is written for teachers and students who are studying Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The guide is written specifically for students in the UK, but I hope it may be helpful to users from other parts of the world. To Kill a Mockingbird is a set text for GCSE exams in English literature. It may also be studied for teacher-assessed coursework in English in Key Stages 3 and 4 (GCSE reading). About the novel To Kill a Mockingbird was first published in 1960. It won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and was adapted for the cinema, winning Oscars (Academy Awards) for the script and for Gregory Peck (best actor in a leading role), who played Atticus. Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama, which may be the model for the fictional Maycomb. Back to top Studying the text There are many ways in which one can write about a literary text, but among those most commonly encountered at Key Stages 3 and 4 would be to study character, theme and technique.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2. To Kill A Mockingbird: Index. To Kill A Mockingbird: African-American. Background: African-Americans Being African-American in Alabama in the 1930s Being African-American in Alabama in the 1930s was not easy. Although President Abraham Lincoln had made an Emancipation Proclamation freeing all African-American slaves in 1863, during the American Civil War, it wasn't until 1865 that it was enforced in many of the Southern States. So in 1930 African-Americans had only been free citizens for sixty-five years. There was also a widespread belief amongst Whites that African-American men were sexual predators and were a threat to White women. Read an interview with a woman about growing up black and poor in Alabama in the 1930s. Find out more about African-American History: African-American history From slavery to freedom Slavery Find out about lynching: Wikipedia Lynching in America About lynching Find out about racial stereotyping by looking through racist memorabilia:

MTG EFAL P2n TKAM 19 01 2015 WEB. The One Book You Need To Read To Understand America | The Huffington Post. By Sarah Jane Abbott for Off the Shelf Sitting down to write a piece on To Kill a Mockingbird is a daunting task — what could I possibly have to say about this enduring American classic that hasn’t already been said? It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into over 40 languages, has sold more than 30 million copies, and it is nearly impossible to get through high school in the U.S. without reading it.

Harper Lee’s story of coming of age in the South during the depression, and of one man’s brave attempt to defend a black man accused of violating a white woman in the face of widespread racism and prejudice, is simply a masterwork of American literature. When I started to re-read the novel (which I had not read since high school English), I was struck by the mastery with which Ms. Lee captured the experience of coming of age in America. Atticus is the quintessential father figure, but he has flaws, he shows his age, and he is not immune to anger or fear or despair. Log In. The enormous popularity of the film version of the novel, released in 1962 with Gregory Peck in the starring role of Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, only added to Ms.

Lee’s fame and fanned expectations for her next novel. But for more than half a century a second novel failed to turn up, and Ms. Lee gained a reputation as a literary Garbo, a recluse whose public appearances to accept an award or an honorary degree counted as important news simply because of their rarity. On such occasions she did not speak, other than to say a brief thank you. Then, in February 2015, long after the reading public had given up on seeing anything more from Ms. Lee, her publisher, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, dropped a bombshell. Ms. The book was published in July with an initial printing of 2 million and, with enormous advance sales, immediately leapt to the top of the fiction best-seller lists, despite tepid reviews. Ms. Classic short stories - 100% FREE.

LetterPile - Writing and Literature. Short Stories with a Twist Ending | LetterPile. Twist endings aren’t to everybody’s taste; they might seem contrived, superficial, or too commercial for a serious reader. An “epiphany” ending might be more resonant, but it’s hard to beat a twist ending for pure entertainment value, and when a surprise ending is done really well it's as satisfying a reading experience as any other kind of story. These are great stories for learning or teaching careful reading. Sometimes the author tries to give the reader a fair chance to figure out what’s going to happen.

Even though a twist ending is supposed to give the reader a jolt, in hindsight it should seem perfectly reasonable. Here are some great short stories with surprise endings. The Interlopers | Saki Two feuding family heads get trapped in the woods, giving them time to discuss their situation. Read The Interlopers Twin Study | Stacey Richter A woman attends a study of identical twins where she sees her sister, whom she hasn’t seen since the last study, four years ago. Read Twin Study Mrs. Very Short Stories for High School & Middle School | LetterPile. If your students are struggling to get into the short story, or you're pressed for time, here are some very brief stories to get you started.

They're not as short as Hemingway's famous six-word story (For sale: baby shoes, never worn.), but they're manageable even for reluctant readers. Most are under 2,000 words; I've included an approximate word count where I could. These stories offer a complete reading experience with great economy of words. Looking for Short Stories on a Particular Subject or Theme? The Story of an Hour | Kate Chopin A woman is given the news that her husband has been killed in a railroad accident.

Read "The Story of an Hour" (1,020 words) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | James Thurber A passive and put-upon man has a series of daydreams while driving his wife on her weekly errands. Read "Walter Mitty" (2,080 words) The Use of Force | William Carlos Williams A doctor makes a house call on a sick young girl. Read "The Use of Force" (1,565 words) Girl | Jamaica Kincaid Mr. Teaching_Mockingbird. Tokillamockingbird.pdf. Romeo and Juliet: Plot Overview. In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague.

Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

Meanwhile, Paris, a kinsman of the Prince, seeks Juliet’s hand in marriage. The feast begins. Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature. ESL English Language Learning - Adult Literacy - Listening & Reading - Audiobooks - Stories.

KS Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Teaching Resources. Fables and Fairy Tales. 10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Study Guide. How to Read Literature Critically in 6 Easy Steps. Introduction Even if you’re taking your very first literature class, it’s easy to read critically if you follow our 6-step method. But before you get started, always keep this in mind: reading critically doesn’t mean tearing a work of literature apart. Instead, it means understanding what the author has written and evaluating the success of the work as a whole. 1) Figurative language. As you are reading, make note of expressive language such as similes, metaphors, and personification.

Then consider why the author employs these devices. Simile. Metaphor. Personification. 2) Structure. 3) Influence. 4) Archetypes. Archetypes often fall into one of two categories: character archetypes and situational archetypes. Along with the buddy pair, common character archetypes include the Christ-figure (Simon in Lord of the Flies), the scapegoat (Darcy in Pride and Prejudice), and the hero who saves the day (Homer’s Odysseus or J. 5) Symbolism. How to Read Literature Critically How To. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Study Guide.