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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.

Why is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" considered a masterpiece? - James Earle

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. 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.

J.R.R. Tolkien Reads from The Lord of the Rings and Sings “Sam’s Rhyme of the Troll” in a Rare Recording

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. So enchanted was Tolkien with this novel technology that he proceeded to record himself reading much of his work over the years to come. Reader Eugene F.

Great Short Stories for Teaching Theme in Fiction. Great Short Stories for Teaching Theme These short stories are excellent for teaching theme in fiction.

Great Short Stories for Teaching Theme in Fiction

Use the accompanying writing lesson ideas to engage students. Teaching Theme the Hard Way. Compcolts - English Curriculum Resources. Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach.

compcolts - English Curriculum Resources

Get it on the web or iPad! Guest. Learning Specialist and Teacher Materials - Good Sensory Learning: Literary Devices: Free Handout and Link to New Publication. What’s the Confusion all About?

Learning Specialist and Teacher Materials - Good Sensory Learning: Literary Devices: Free Handout and Link to New Publication

Over the years, my students have come to sessions seeking help with literary devices. They have expressed confusion over the terms: literary devices, literary terms, literary elements and figurative language, and they also struggle with the many definitions. What are Literary Devices, Literary Terms, Literary Elements and Figurative Language? Literaturedaydreams: 20 verbs for analytical writing. Teaching Literary Analysis. Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills.

Teaching Literary Analysis

Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application. What this means is that students must be able to understand and describe the text before they are able to analyze its elements. Teaching literary analysis is often a daunting and overwhelming task. After all, it is essentially guiding students slowly through the process of critical thinking and understanding literature. How to recognize a dystopia - Alex Gendler.

Writing in Literature. These OWL resources will help you write about literature and poetry.

Writing in Literature

This section contains resources on literary terms, literary theory and schools of criticism, as well as resources on writing book reviews. Literary Terms. Literary Periods Timeline. Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources. Definition and Examples of Literary Terms. Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources.

Odysseus' Journey. A story map.

Odysseus' Journey

Halloween Classics. Illustration by Harry Clarke Halloween gives us the opportunity to go beyond arts and crafts and use the holiday as an excuse to dive into some classic suspenseful stories.

Halloween Classics

Luckily, many of these stories are in the public domain. Most of these are probably most suitable for middle and high school. I put the word count so you can get an idea for pacing. But, remember, you don’t have to read an entire story. Short Stories Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart (~2,000 words) is short enough to print on one sheet of paper. From Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame, The Horrors of the Heights is a supernatural tale involving a pilot trying to reach an altitude past 30,000 feet (~6,500 words).

Great Expectations Summary and Cliff Notes. Fahrenheit 451 Summary and Cliff Notes. Our Summary of Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" is a story about the mask of happiness.

Fahrenheit 451 Summary and Cliff Notes

Characters within the story structure their lives around their need for comfort and safety. Guy Montag, the main character of the story, is thirty years old; to maintain the integrity of the town, he burns books that he believes are dangerous to the minds of the citizens. He is married to Mildred, who lives in the television set; to ensure that she doesn't miss any of her shows, she makes certain that each wall has a television set attached to it. The Kite Runner Summary and Cliff Notes. Macbeth Summary and Cliff Notes. William Shakespeare bases the title character of his famous play, Macbeth, off of an actual Scottish king. However, the similarities are few. While the historical King Macbeth was thought to be an honest and good king, the Shakespearean version is noticeably less so. When three witches present a three-part prophecy to Macbeth, he is somewhat skeptical. Animal Farm Summary and Cliff Notes. Welcome to Lit2Go ETC.

Call of the Wild. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Table of Contents. Untitled. 20 Ways to Use Comics In Your Classroom. Archetypes in Movies Through Joseph Campbell. In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Campbell’s archetypes fit nearly perfectly. The following is a list of archetypes with definitions and examples for each from the movies that teachers can use in their classrooms. Danteworlds. Aesop's Fables - Online Collection - 656+ fables - Mark Twain's Mississippi. Sigma Tau Delta - Literary Hit Parade. List, Books and Biographies of Famous Authors. 2 Literary Criticism. Anthology of English Literature.