Grammatical errors from speech patterns

  Grammatical errors from speech patterns (followed by the correct form) Anyways–is not a word. IF you must, use anyway. Like I said, they were there the whole time. As I said, they . . . I wish I would of known in advance. I wish I had known in advance (of is not proper […]

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Virginia Hamilton’s excerpt from Illusion and Reality

  Excerpts from Virginia Hamilton’s essay “Illusion and Reality” “What I do for a living and what I do daily as, generally, a most pleasurable pastime are one and the same. I make up people and place. I write fion. Occasionally, I write a work of nonfiction, which is no less important to me. But […]

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Longinus On the Sublime


Longinus: “On the Sublime” Longinus, writing in the classical historical tradition says that the sublime implies that man can, in emotions and in language, transcend the limits of the human condition. Longinus’s approach is contradistinguished from Plato’s declaration of poetic inspiration as dangerous divine madness or the poet as liar. Yet like Plato, Longinus feels […]

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Young Adult Literature

Questions on Books studied in YA and Children’s Literature Classes

  Study Questions for Books Previously Taught in Young Adult Literature and in Children’s Literature. These books can be used for elementary, middle school, and secondary school-aged pupils. . . . and now Miguel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich Alice in Wonderland Belle Prater’s Boy Book of Three, The Briar Rose Bridge to […]

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Hansel and Gretel fairy tale

HANSEL AND GRETEL Once upon a time, on the edge of a great forest, there lived a very poor woodcutter with his wife and his two children, Hansel and Gretel. His second wife often ill-treated the children and was forever nagging the woodcutter. The family had little enough to eat, and once there was a […]

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sentence construction

Ways to Achieve Sentence Variety

Ways to achieve variety and style in sentence construction 1. Shift adverbs: The rescue team reluctantly suspended the operation. Reluctantly, the rescue team suspended the operation. The rescue team suspended the operation reluctantly. 2. Shift the entire prepositional phrase 3. Reversed order for Emphasis: The sound of shots came after midnight. To After midnight came […]

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Questions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Questions for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 1. Find and discuss all the possible visible and invisible thresholds in Harry Potter? 3. What is the significance of the word “muggle”? 4. Explore the ways in which Rowling uses characters and place-names to enhance the story. Give examples. 5.There are only two people unafraid to […]

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Study Questions for Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust 1. “Wonder why Daddy’ll get his boy this time?” (5). This statement ends the first chapter. Describe the elements of foreshodowing does this statement contains. 2. Litotes implies understatement. Give two examples of this trope and explain why this form works in this book. 3. “When I’m with Arley’s boys we […]

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Tragedy and the Common Man by Arthur Miller

Tragedy and the Common Man by Arthur Miller In this age few tragedies are written. It has often been held that the lack is due to a paucity of heroes among us, or else that modern man has had the blood drawn out of his organs of belief by the skepticism of science, and the […]

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Belle Prater’s Boy Lesson Plans

Belle Prater’s Boy Ruth White Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 A 1997 Newbery Honor Book An ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults An ALA Notable Children’s Book A Boston Globe-Horn Book Best Book of the Year about this book In this vivid coming-of-age story, two cousins develop a real friendship while discovering […]

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