Category Archives: 2020 Booker Short List novels

We’re creating lit circles based on students selecting one of the Booker Prize Short List novels: https://thebookerprizes.com/fiction/2020

A Journey Through The Wilderness

The stepping away from composing a traditional paper and crafting a podcast allowed groups to choose and develop multiple ideas rather than being stuck to one. “The Circle of Life” by Elton John was our chosen song to fit alongside our podcast on The New Wilderness by Diane Cook regarding the significant … Continue reading

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The Shadow King Podcast

Nearing the end of winter term, final papers are common across many classes. Creating a podcast with this lit group allowed for discussion. This podcast was great because the groupwork and collaboration for the month of February enabled deep discussion. Hearing … Continue reading

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Diane Cook’s Fan Club: A First Look into The New Wilderness

As a group, we had collectively been extremely interested in doing a podcast. We were able to come together and discuss about something we are interested in with no pressure and complete freedom regarding what we talked about. We discussed the themes of power and leadership in the novel along … Continue reading

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Student Podcast on This Mournable Body

Last Week, Max and I created a podcast, discussing Tsitsi Dangaremba’s novel, This Mournable Body.  In the podcast, we discussed the lack of care for the black female body, and how this uniquely effects the mental health of black women in a postcolonial world. We discussed the effect that … Continue reading

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Eyes All Around: Perspectives in and about Real Life by Brandon Taylor

In Real Life, a coming-of-age novel by Brandon Taylor, readers are presented with the character of Wallace, a graduate student studying Biochemistry and faring the obstacles of his and his friends’ approaching adulthood. In traditional bildungsroman form, Wallace undergoes a series of events throughout the course of a weekend that leaves him searching … Continue reading

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Burnt Sugar Student Podcast

Suffield Academy’s English IV honors class did a deep dive into modern literature this winter! Selecting among the Booker Prize 2020 Short List of novels, our group chose Avni Doshi’s Booker Prize Listed Novel Burnt Sugar and explored themes of ailing memory, troubled relationships, communication, and the past’s connections … Continue reading

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Relationships in Real Life by Brandon Taylor: Wallace’s Pursuit of Happiness

We used the song “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi for two reasons.  The first reason being Kid Cudi’s close relation to the novel. Kid Cudi will be assuming the lead role of Wallace in a television adaptation of the novel. The … Continue reading

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Keeping it Real: A Podcast on Real Life by Brandon Taylor

To conclude our PBL project, we took to the mic and created a podcast centered around our discussions of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life. Listen to it here on Soundcloud.

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Women, Power, and The Shadow King

In our English class, we read the novel, The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste. This book focuses on the Second Italo-Ethiopian War and the roles the Ethiopian females played in it. Following the completion of our single paragraph prose’s about … Continue reading

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A PBL Take: Final Thoughts on Diane Cooke’s New Wilderness

Cooke’s well-developed prose drew us in from the beginning of the novel. The vivid descriptions of the nature and setting in which the characters live and battle for survival added richness to the plot and demonstrated the severity of the … Continue reading

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