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Historical movements. AP Lit Handouts - Biancheri. Mrs. JZ Presents: AP English Language and Composition. Compcolts - SYNTHESIS ESSAY RESOURCES. Synthesis in Everyday Life - An Example Whenever you talk to a friend about what you've heard other friends say about the latest blockbuster movie - you engage in synthesis.


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With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first heroic catchphrase. At the same time, the young king encapsulates the considerations of mortality and humanity that lie at the heart of the world’s most ancient epic. While much has changed since, the epic’s themes are still remarkably relevant to modern readers. Literary Criticism - AP English IV: Literature and Composition. Rhetorical Analysis Walkthrough. The 5 Elements Of A Story – Writers Write. Your Writing & Literary Resource. Literary Techniques: How to Analyse Poetry and Prose. Literary Techniques: Techniques for Analysing a Written Text. From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire. ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us.

From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire

If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade. Rhetorical Analysis Walkthrough. Everything you need to know to read Homer's "Odyssey" - Jill Dash. The Odyssey is one of several ancient epic poems that are inextricably woven into the fabric of ancient culture.

Everything you need to know to read Homer's "Odyssey" - Jill Dash

Stories from this poem and The Iliad helped form Greek identity, patriotism, and nationalism, and inspired works of art and theatre. That it was originally sung by bards to huge crowds not only aided in spreading the stories but gave audiences shared cultural experience. Though we have similar events today, like movies, concerts, and sporting events, it may be difficult for us to imagine what it was like to sit on cold marble benches for hours while listening to our favorite stories. The episodes of The Odyssey taught audiences about their own religion and customs, the importance of family loyalty, and Greek military accomplishments, as well as practices of people outside the Greek world (like the Cyclops).

From Homer’s poems, ancient Greeks were reminded what it meant to be, in a word, Greek. Chris Hadfield Is Proof of the Power of Sci-Fi. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on, and is reposted here with permission.

Chris Hadfield Is Proof of the Power of Sci-Fi

For many of his fans, Chris Hadfield has made space feel more closer to Earth than ever. In 2013, Hadfield became the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station (ISS), and led Expedition 35’s team of five in experiments investigating the effects of low gravity on the human body. Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old. When it comes to the origin of Western fairy tales, the 19th century Brothers Grimm get a lot of the credit.

Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old

Few scholars believe the Grimms were actually responsible for creating the tales, but academics probably didn’t realize how old many of these stories really are. A new study, which treats these fables like an evolving species, finds that some may have originated as long as 6000 years ago. Simon Callow Reads from The Canterbury Tales - For Reading Addicts. Simon Callow is best known as an actor, on screen and in theatres; many of you will recognise him from his role as Charles Dickens in Doctor Who (2005 and 2011), or as the voice of Grasshopper in the 1996 film adaptation of James and the Giant Peach.

Simon Callow Reads from The Canterbury Tales - For Reading Addicts

I adore his silky smooth voice, and wonderfully English manner, so I was thrilled when I came across his reading of an excerpt of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. AP Lit Handouts - Biancheri. AP Language and Composition - Mrs. Burns. How the Works of Shakespeare Shape Science Fiction. Fans debate at length about the first “true” instance of science fiction.

How the Works of Shakespeare Shape Science Fiction

I personally award this honor to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, though it really depends on the traits you believe define science fiction—which, of course, is another argument entirely. Scribes like Shelley, Jonathan Swift, and H.G. Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts. Finding Female Examples of Archetypes. Listen to a Recording of J.R.R. Tolkien Reading the Lord of the Rings - For Reading Addicts. ToposText – a Reference Tool for Greek Civilization. Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts.

Understanding the Types of Conflicts in Literature with Examples. A Summary and Analysis of the ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ Fairy Tale. A curious introduction to a classic fairy story.

A Summary and Analysis of the ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ Fairy Tale

Cs.cmu. This book contains 209 tales collected by the brothers Grimm.


The exact print source is unknown. The etext appears to be based on the translation by Margaret Hunt called Grimm's Household Tales, but it is not identical to her edition. (Some of the translations are slightly different, the arrangement also differs, and the Grimm's scholarly notes are not included.) The etext received by the Universal Library did not include story titles. The 55 AP Language and Composition Terms You Must Know. One of the competencies you need to develop for AP Language and Composition is a thorough understanding of rhetorical strategies and techniques. This is because you will both be expected to identify these strategies and techniques in the writing of others and to use them in your own writing. A Guide to 'Pride and Prejudice' Retellings. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a much-loved classic novel must be in want of retelling, and so we put together a list of 10 of the best retellings and variations of Jane Austen’s timeless Pride and Prejudice, along with their publisher descriptions.

(And if you’re not a fan of 18th century literature, don’t worry — we have a book for every type of reader!) For Sweet Romance Lovers Haunting Mr Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory What happens to the happily ever after when the ever after has already happened? Which Dystopia Will Donald Trump's Presidency Most Resemble? Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on, and is reposted here with permission. Humans have always used fiction as one of our primary means of understanding the world, and never more so than in times of crisis, when we are desperate both for guidance and the comforting sense of order imparted by narrative structure.

Today, as Donald Trump is inaugurated as president, I find myself thinking of the dystopian books and movies that may prove to be prescient during his time in office. For me, the most frightening thing about a Donald Trump presidency is the uncertainty of it all; I just don’t know how far down this rabbit hole we’re going to go. Is it actually ironic? 3 TED-Ed Lessons on irony. How many times have you heard the phrase “That’s so ironic,” and wondered, “Wait … is it?”

The term is used a lot in our cultural vocabulary and often incorrectly. In response to this confusion, TED-Ed Educator Christopher Warner wanted to set the record straight: What is irony? How is it used in everyday language or as a dramatic device? Why is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" considered a masterpiece? - James Earle.

Special thanks to Sarah Rosenthal for lending her expertise to this script. You can see Sarah's TED-Ed lesson on abstract expressionism here. Though Vermeer has become a popular painter today, he was relatively unknown in his lifetime. Recently, however, there has been plenty of strong research and interesting documentaries including Tim’s Vermeer to expand our knowledge of Vermeer’s techniques. Ready to Brainstorm? Activities for Literature. Rhetorical Analysis Walkthrough. The SIFT Method for Literature Analysis. The 55 AP Language and Composition Terms You Must Know. Mr.Dickes. J.R.R. Tolkien Reads from The Lord of the Rings and Sings “Sam’s Rhyme of the Troll” in a Rare Recording. By Maria Popova In the summer of 1952, sixty-year-old J.R.R.

Tolkien (January 3, 1892–September 2, 1973) encountered a tape recorder for the first time, which resulted in some wonderful archival audio of the beloved author reading from The Hobbit. Great Short Stories for Teaching Theme in Fiction. Compcolts - English Curriculum Resources. Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Learning Specialist and Teacher Materials - Good Sensory Learning: Literary Devices: Free Handout and Link to New Publication.

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