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Norns weaving destiny, by Arthur Rackham (1912)

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Arya and the Hound meet Rorge (Game of Thrones S04E07)

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One key to enjoying literature is to understand the full meanings of words.  For this you need a dictionary that provides etymologies. Refer to:   

Another key is to understand the cultural background and historical context of the tale.  For this an encyclopedia is invaluable.  Refer to:  Wikipedia

A structured approach to analysis is useful in preparing for discussion.  Try starting with these points:

  • Ideas and Themes
  • Plot and Character Development
  • Vocabulary and Phrasing
  • Images and Symbols
  • Historical and Mythic Considerations
  • Apparent Aims and Objectives of the Author
  • Emotional and Rational Responses by the Reader

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A recommended collection, with biographies and criticism, is: 

The Art of the Short Story, Edited by Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn.  Publisher: Longman (2005), 926 pages.  About $20.  ISBN-10: 0321363639   ISBN-13: 978-0321363633

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Many documents can be automatically converted to audible words by machine readers.  A machine reader may already installed on your computer or hand held device.  To review machine reader options, see: 

When reading aloud it is okay to do this sub-audibly, which means that you are producing no volume but your lips, tongue, and breath are moving as if you were speaking aloud. This is a good method for improving reading and pronunciation.

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Reading With a Pencil Tasks (Corvus) PDF

ELA10A Notes 2021 Fall

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Background Information Research and Symbols Examples

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Collections

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Short Stories

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Poems

An Anthology of Poems for Further Study

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Essays

A Baldwin Revival: In Good Times and In Bad (Ideas, CBC, 53:59)

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Novels

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Non-Fiction

Augie Merasty: a memoirist who revealed residential school abuse - The  Globe and Mail

The Education of Augie Merasty (Interview)

Language History Quiz

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Plays

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Films

 

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Open Source Shakespeare (Complete, Searchable, Printable, Free)

Shakespeare’s Plays (Glossaries, Cultural Histories, Analysis)

How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

 

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      Up came the roots, and a crooked worm, disturbed by the probing of the fingers, wriggled blind in the sun.  Of a sudden the valley filled all its hollows with the wind, with the voice of the roots, with the breathing of the nether sky.  Not only a mandrake screams; torn roots have their cries; each weed Mr Owen pulled out of the ground screamed like a baby.  In the village behind the hill the wind would be raging, the clothes on the garden lines would be set to strange dances.  And women with shapes in their wombs would feel a new knocking as they bent over the steamy tubs.  Life would go on in the veins, in the bones, the binding flesh, that had their seasons and their weathers even as the valley binding the house about with the flesh of the green grass. 

The Enemies (Dylan Thomas, 1934)

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“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”  (Ecclesiates 12:12, King James Version)

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Final Task in Lieu of Exam 2020W

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