General Literature Cyber Guides
BEYOND ANIMAL FARMMore often than not, Animal Farm is taught as a little more than a lesson in what happened in Russia in 1917. In this regard, the story teaches much about a historical event of major significance, but one that, in light of the end of the cold war, has diminishing "realness" for modern students. Of course, the lessons of the Russian Revolution can be applied to other political revolutions and thereby the story picks up a bit more universality. However, It would be suggested that students also should realize that Orwell speaks of an ongoing battle against the exploitation of the weak by the strong. To explore unique perspectives and issues that confront us, please click here: http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/anfrm/anfrmtg.html
MART TWAIN AND HIS TIMES
This interpretive archive, drawn largely from the resources of the Barrett Collection, focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a way that can speak to us today. Contained here are dozens of texts and manuscripts, scores of contemporary reviews and articles, hundreds of images, and many different kinds of interactive exhibits. http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/
Where History and Mythology Blend Together
The Arthurian Legends touch upon many themes that are relevant in our current culture. This CyberGuide has students explore the following central questions:
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
- Who was Arthur the man? Where do the historical aspects stop and the Legends of King Arthur begin?
- This supplemental unit provides resources for students in 9th-12th grade to focus on issues and themes related to the Arthurian Legends. During these lessons, students examine the significant themes and make connections to current issues and their lives. Students will produce a variety of products that are based within Language Arts Content Standards. In addition, students will need to draw upon technology related skills to complete certain pieces of the activities. To enter click here: http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/arthur/arthurtg.html
MODERN AMERICAN POETRY
This Modern American Poetry site MAPS provides a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time. It houses the works and reviews of over 161 American Poets.
According to Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin began with a vision she had in church in early 1851, of a slave being beaten to death. The manuscript of the novel was born when she got home from the service and immediately began writing the vision down. According to family legend, she quickly ran out of writing paper, and so "wrote a large part of it in pencil on some brown paper in which groceries had been delivered."
This website contains copies of the original manuscripts as well as some letters written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Also included are copies of rare editions and commentaries published prior to the Civil War.
Walt Whitman is the only major American poet of the nineteenth century to have an intimate association with the art of bookmaking. Everyone knows Whitman as a poet and the author of one of the most studied books of American poetry, Leaves of Grass. What is less well known is that Whitman was trained as a printer and throughout his life spent time in printing shops and binderies, often setting type himself and always intimately involved in the design and production of his books. Whitman did not just write his book, he made his book, and he made it over and over again, each time producing a different material object that spoke to its readers in different ways.(The Walt Whitman Archives)
Click above to see copies of his early works as well as read commentaries about society during his time.
http://www.whitmanarchive.org/index.htmlA Way With Words or Say What?
Did you quote Shakespeare today? Learn how you’ve been using the Bard’s words without even knowing it.
A Character Life Box Getting to know your character’s through words and images
This language arts lesson offers a hands-on opportunity for students to understand characterization in literature and to connect historical and contemporary culture. Through research and study of Shakespearean England, student pairs get to know about the life of a character in the book Shakespeare Stealer. Students collect props and clues to create a “life box” and a poem about their character. Using props adds a visual and physical dimension to their learning while using words engages mental facilities, making this a whole brain activity. Students must communicate their clues and interpret others clues to reveal character’s identities.