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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

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Death Death was at the centre of life in the Middle Ages in a way that might seem shocking to us today. With high rates of infant mortality, disease, famine, the constant presence of war, and the inability of medicine to deal with common injuries, death was a brutal part of most people's everyday experience. As a result, attitudes towards life were very much shaped by beliefs about death: indeed, according to Christian tradition, the very purpose of life was to prepare for the afterlife by avoiding sin, performing good works, taking part in the sacraments, and keeping to the teachings of the church. Time was measured out in saint's days, which commemorated the days on which the holiest men and women had died. Easter, the holiest feast day in the Christian calendar, celebrated the resurrection of Christ from the dead. The landscape was dominated by parish churches - the centre of the medieval community - and the churchyard was the principal burial site.

How the Necronomicon Works" Weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft created a mythology that includes bizarre monsters, troubled communities, insane scholars and a library of books filled with forbidden lore. Of all the books detailing this mythology that Lovecraft mentions in his fiction, one in particular captures the imagination more than any other: the "Necronomicon." Browse by Topic (Library of Congress) - American History - Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929 These pages link to selected collection content available online at the Library of Congress, arranged by broad categories. The Library's online content represents only a small percentage of its physical holdings. Back to American History | Multiple Eras | The Americas to 1620 | Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763 | American Revolution, 1763-1783 | The New Nation, 1783-1815 | National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860 | Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 | Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900 | Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929 | Great Depression & World War II, 1929-1945 | 1945 to the Present

ENGL301: Introduction to Literary Theory Instructions: From The Republic, read Book III-Book V for a discussion of the purpose of art. Then, from Poetics, read Book I-Book III for a similar conversation about the role of literature in society. The Saylor Foundation’s An Introduction to Literary Theory Coursepack may be downloaded at the top of this course, or the section titled “The Early Origins of Literary Theory: Plato and Aristotle” may be downloaded from the link above. Read that section and answer the study questions provided at the end of the section. The earliest known works of literary criticism in the Western world were written by Plato and his student Aristotle in Greece in the fourth century BCE.

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion Oxford Reference Allusions form a colourful extension to the English language, drawing on our collective knowledge of literature, mythology, and the Bible to give us a literary shorthand for describing people, places, and events. So a cunning crook is an Artful Dodger, a daydreamer is like Billy Liar, a powerful woman is a modern-day Amazon. This absorbing and accessible A-Z explains the meanings of allusions in modern English. Fascinating to browse through, the book is based on an extensive reading programme that has identified the most commonly-used allusions. For the third edition all entries have been reviewed, revised, and thoroughly updated to ensure the consistency of coverage of allusions and references. Learn Criss Angel Style Magic Tricks "Awesome, you're a great illusionist!" Criss Angel is a great entertainer, performing many stunning illusions. Here are some great Criss Angel style coin tricks that look like real magic! THE EFFECT: You place any coin on the palm of your open hand, giving a magical snap, it vanishes into thin air! Watch the effect, then learn it!

The Great Gatsby - Setting - Book Drum West and East Egg (Long Island, NY) West and East Egg, on the northern shore of Long Island, are thought to be disguised versions of Great Neck and Manor Haven/Sands Point, both famous in the Jazz Age for wealth and luxury. Far enough outside the bustle of New York City, here the wealthy could have their space and waterfront views. By and by came the nouveau riche, which is quintessentially what Gatsby represents to Tom. So while Tom and Daisy live on the fashionable, old money east side of the Long Island Sound, Gatsby lives across the bay. New York City Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Unsorted [/writers] James Patrick Kelly - Murder Your Darlings - "When time comes to make that final revision, however, you must harden your heart, sharpen the ax and murder your darlings." Greda Vaso - Determining the Readability of a Book - includes formulas for Gunning's Fog Index, Flesch Formula, Powers Sumner Kearl L. Kip Wheeler - Literary Terms and Definitions L.

Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts *ISTE Workshop: Transitioning to the Common Core with Google Apps – Join me! In my previous post “Common Core: What is a ‘complex text’ anyway?” I wrote about the three aspects of a text that the Common Core measures to determine its “complexity,” which include: 1) quantitative, 2) qualitative, 3) reader and task. Hopefully, that post helped to clarify how we as educators can evaluate the complexity of a text we are using with our students. This blog will focus on ways we can support students in reading, understanding and analyzing those texts. The individual standards for each grade level vary and the standards themselves act like a staircase.

Multiple Choice Zombie Apocalypse Survival Game You really aren't awake yet. You never are until at least your second cup of coffee, and this is only your first. You're having a hard time getting your eyes to focus. But it certainly looks like there's a man in your front yard, crouched down on all fours, gnawing at a leg. A human leg. Definitely.

Great Gatsby Treasure Hunt This treasure hunt was originally authored by Valerie Arbizu, with some alterations and updated links. Follow the directions given for each section. Answer thoroughly in complete sentences on your own paper. Teaching Screenagers:Too Dumb for Complex Texts? Back in September 2008, some 3 million people in the United States became college freshmen—the largest cohort ever. But the weeks before school started brought a setback. The students took a placement test, and many found that they probably wouldn't be able to handle the work to come. If they were to enroll in a regular calculus or freshman composition course, chances are they would fail.

15 Bogeymen From Around The World Creepy The bogeyman is a legendary ghost-like monster. The bogeyman has no specific appearance and conceptions of the monster can vary drastically even from household to household within the same community; in many cases he simply has no set appearance in the mind of a child, but is just an amorphous embodiment of terror. This list looks at 15 bogeymen from around the world. The Namahage visits each house on New Year’s to ask if any misbehaving children live there.