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Study Guides These sites provide literary summaries and notes on novels and plays. They are included as support materials, not as a substitute for reading and studying a text. Students who visit this site are reminded that mistakes sometimes creep into these notes; do not use them as a substitute for your own critical analysis. BookwolfBook notes and study guides. Classic Notes at Grade SaverThis site includes notes on a variety of titles. Pink MonkeyPink Monkey, with its partner Barron's Notes, has notes for more than 350 titles, including an extensive collection of Shakespearean drama. ShmoopThis is primarily a study guide site for students, but teachers might appreciate the "Shmoop for Teachers" link at the bottom of the home page and the site's active support for citation. Spark NotesHundreds of titles, links to message boards and other resources.

guide.pdf The Key to Media's Hidden Codes TED's Ads Worth Spreading initiative finds ads that communicate interesting ideas with consumers. Think about how an idea can reset someone’s worldview and even begin a domino effect as they pass it on to friends. article by AdAge lists the top 10 most viewed advertisements on YouTube in 2011. Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world's biggest celebration of creativity in communications. As the most prestigious international creative communications awards, more than 28,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival.

Citation Machine: Format & Generate Citations – APA, MLA, & Chicago The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' Update | Sept. 2012: We’ll be exploring the new Common Core State Standards, and how teaching with The Times can address them, through a series of blog posts. You can find them all here, in the lesson plan category “Common Core.” Forty-four states and United States territories have adopted the Common Core Standards and, according to this recent Times article, one major change teachers can expect to see is more emphasis on reading “informational,” or nonfiction, texts across subject areas: While English classes will still include healthy amounts of fiction, the standards say that students should be reading more nonfiction texts as they get older, to prepare them for the kinds of material they will read in college and careers. In the fourth grade, students should be reading about the same amount from “literary” and “informational” texts, according to the standards; in the eighth grade, 45 percent should be literary and 55 percent informational, and by 12th grade, the split should be 30/70.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide Summary: MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. Contributors: Tony Russell, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, Russell Keck, Joshua M. Periodicals include magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Use the following format for all citations: Author. Article in a Magazine Cite by listing the article's author, putting the title of the article in quotations marks, and italicizing the periodical title. Author(s). Poniewozik, James. Buchman, Dana. Article in a Newspaper Cite a newspaper article as you would a magazine article, but note the different pagination in a newspaper. Brubaker, Bill. Krugman, Andrew. Behre, Robert. Trembacki, Paul. A Review Review Author. Seitz, Matt Zoller. Weiller, K. "Of Mines and Men."

Multimedia and Photos Thought Questions: A question that makes you think is worth asking… Chestnut ESL/EFL Thought Questions: A question that makes you think is worth asking… ‘At the cusp of a new day, week, month, or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. ‘Reflection is the key to progression..’ READ ARTICLE (TITLE SOURCE): Marc and Angel Hack Life Lesson Idea: Create flash cards with these Thought Questions and use them on a day with no lesson plan! Rate this: 2 Votes Share this: Like this: Related Film English -Apricot (Childhood Memories)In "ADVANCED" Dealing with Peer PressureIn "ADVANCED" LIFE LESSONSIn "BEGINNERS" ← Prev Next → Got something to say? Leave a Reply About Me Chestnut Esl- Poverty Resources Featured Posts The Louis Braille Story April 8, 2014 Learning about Amusement Parks July 10, 2013 School Children Around the World June 16, 2013 Video lesson – Stonehenge February 2, 2013 Ancient Greek Olympics Resources

Helping students interpret visual representations of information Update: Feb. 29, 2012 Please note: The original video we used for this post was a video podcast by Gestalten TV in which New York Times Graphics Director Steven Duenes and Graphics Editor Archie Tse describe how their team works with breaking news to create clear, concise visualizations of data for readers. Since that has now been taken down, we have substituted a classic TED talk by David McCandless that we refer to in the post. We’re declaring this week Infographics Week on The Learning Network because we know how important it is for students to be able to read and interpret visual representations of information — and because The New York Times consistently creates useful and elegant examples that we think teachers across the curriculum should know about. Not only do charts, graphs and maps show up on standardized tests of all kinds, but whiteboard technology has made the graphic depiction of information that much more useful and ubiquitous in classrooms. Infographics in General:

Grammar Web Guide What I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of the sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the subject photographed. Many people know camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. -- Joan Didion The term "grammar" can be applied to the description of language behavior as well as to prescriptions for correct language use. For the purposes of this guide, I am going to assume that the second meaning is the operative one here and that teachers seeking Internet help with grammar will sometimes want reference information and at other times will want explanations and exercises that can be given to students. As a comparison of grammar textbooks and workbooks will show, there can be some disagreement about basic terms. Reviewing Grammatical Terms And Concepts Focus On Common Errors Miscellany Grammar Resources on the Web

Resources for teaching with photographs The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. — Dorothea Lange, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, August 13, 1978 How we see Mind Illusions From the PBS series The Secret Life of the Brain comes the question “Can you believe your eyes?” How does the brain process visual input…and how much potential is there for “misreading” what we see? Try the demonstrations on this website to see how movement, color, angles and form are processed by our visual nervous system. Looking at photographs critically Fake or Real? Can you guess which photos are real and which are fake? Apollo Moon Missions: photographic evidence People have tried to argue that the moon landings never occurred, and they have tried to support their claims by analyzing photographs. Using images in teaching Remote sensing NASA IMAGERS sites are designed to help elementary and middle school students understand remote sensing images. Sight Unseen: The Art of Active Seeing by John Schaefer (Goodyear, 1995)