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Bill Murray Gives a Delightful Reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn (1996) George Bernard Shaw once called Mark Twain “the American Voltaire,” and like the inspired French satirist, Twain seems to have something to say to every age, from his own to ours.

Bill Murray Gives a Delightful Reading of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn (1996)

But if Twain is Voltaire, to whom do we compare Bill Murray? Only posterity can properly assess Murray’s considerable impact on our culture, but his current role as everyone’s favorite pleasant surprise will surely figure largely in his historical portrait. Of Murray’s many random acts of kindness—which include “popping in on random karaoke nights, or doing dishes at other people’s house parties, or crashing wedding photo shoots”—he has also taken to surprising us with readings from American literary greats: from Cole Porter, to Wallace Stevens, to Emily Dickinson. Just above see Murray read an excerpt from American great Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Murray’s appearance at the 1996 Barnes & Noble event apparently came as a surprise to the audience—and to himself.

Examples of Theme in Literature. As you continue to savor literature throughout your life, you'll encounter five important elements to any narrative: character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.

Examples of Theme in Literature

No story would be worthwhile without a multi-faceted main character, an interesting setting, an engaging plot (or series of events), a conflict to overcome, and a central theme or message. The theme is a pivotal element, because it lingers throughout the entire story, from start to finish. It can be whatever the author deems appropriate, and there can also be more than one theme.

Archetype Examples. What do a villain, a hero, and a damsel in distress have in common?

Archetype Examples

They’re all archetypes: typical examples of characters in stories. Types of Characters in Fiction. Let's take a look at the types of characters in fiction.

Types of Characters in Fiction

Once you're aware of the different character types, you'll find yourself noticing them more and more. The next time you pick up a novel, see how many you can spot. Protagonist We must begin our study with the protagonist, or main character. Archetype Examples. Literature: Free Courses Online. Advertisement Get free Literature courses online from the world's leading universities.

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You can download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player. English Conceptual Learning. Context What it is Context refers to factors acting upon composers and responders that impinge on meaning.

English Conceptual Learning

Context and text are in a symbiotic relationship in the production of meaning. Study Guides. Our goal is to help teachers better teach, and students better understand and ENJOY classic literature!

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We have heard from teachers requesting ideas on HOW to teach the literature we offer at our website. Specifically, we are developing select study guides for great works of American Literature and genres being studied by students in high school and middle school. How to write an excellent text response — Literacy Ideas. 1.

How to write an excellent text response — Literacy Ideas

Getting Started: The Prewriting Stage As with much of the formal school experience, students can greatly benefit from undertaking a methodical approach in their work. The following process outlines step-by-step how students can best approach writing their text responses in the beginning. The keyword in the phrase writing a text response is not writing but response. The whole thing starts with the reading and how the student considers the text they are engaging with. Read for Understanding: Students should read the text they are responding to initially for a basic comprehension of what the text is about.

How to Find Related Texts for HSC English in 3 Steps. Theconversation. For as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories.


They explained the mysteries of the world: birth, death, the seasons, day and night. They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures, as evidenced by the cave paintings of Chauvet (France) and Maros (Indonesia). On the walls of these caves, the paintings, which date back to around 30-40,000 BC, tell us myths or sacred narratives of the spirits of the land, the fauna of the regions, and humankind’s relationship to them. As humanity progressed, other types of stories developed.

These were not concerned with the mysteries of the meaning of life but with everyday, domestic matters. These smaller, everyday stories, combining the world of humans with fantastical creatures and seemingly impossible plots are now classified as fairy tales or folk tales. Fairy tales are also extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong. Contemporary reworkings. Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien. Here at Open Culture, we don't just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — we also feature it in a form that goes deep: whole courses you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice and experience at your own pace.

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If you never quite studied all the literature you wanted to — or if you simply can't get enough study of the stuff — pay a visit to our collection of over 50 free literature courses online. Some of them may even cover the same textual ground as the classes you felt curious about taking in college but could never quite fit into your schedule: "Dante in Translation" (Free Online Video - Free iTunes Audio - Free iTunes Video - Course Materials), for instance, or "Introduction to Theory of Literature" (Free Online Video - Free iTunes Audio – Free iTunes Video - Course Materials), or "Introduction to World Literature (Free Online Video).

4 Strategies to Model Literary Analysis. A line from Umberto Eco’s Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, “Every text, after all, is a lazy machine asking the reader to do some of its work,” speaks directly to the beauty and challenge behind teaching literary analysis. Literary analysis is something we must do, not something the text does for us, which is why students must actively learn strategies for it.

There are a number of strategies teachers can use to support literary analysis in the classroom. Direct, explicit instruction is one example that can be beneficial to the process. In Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching, Anita Archer and Charles Hughes define explicit instruction as a structured, systematic, and effective approach to teaching skills. It’s an “unambiguous” and “direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery processes.”

But modeling does not mean lecturing. One of the best ways to foster textual analysis is through meaningful classroom conversations. Theconversation. The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war at Troy, which Homer addressed in The Iliad. In the Greek tradition, the war lasted for ten years. Odysseus then spent a further ten years getting home in the face of hostility from Poseidon, god of the earth and sea.

Galaxy Magazine : Free Texts : Download & Streaming. Sep 1, 2017 by Andy Khoo texts eye favorite 2 comment 0. Dante in Translation. Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian Description. Dante in Translation. Professor.