Category Archives: 21st Century Learning

PQP = Praise, Question, Polish.

One of the most essential parts of building a productive atmosphere for learning in any classroom is sharing what you learn. Another is giving and receiving useful feedback. The most important thing is to do this in a positive spirit. With … Continue reading

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Let’s Use Malcolm Gladwell’s Podcast to Introduce Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Malcolm Gladwell examines the story of this famous painting to begin his podcast. Below is an image of Calling the Roll After An Engagement, Crimea, better known as The Roll Call. I used the image from Wikipedia; it is an 1874 oil-on-canvas … Continue reading

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Create a Compelling Argument

In 4-6 sentences (of Standard English), make an argument for the best AP Prompt that illuminates the most profound literary qualities of Cather’s novel, My Antonia. If someone else has claimed the same prompt that you had in mind, then … Continue reading

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Connect a Moment in Section 52 to Another Location in Whitman’s Work

The technology staff in the Crowsnest is back on the job to isolate perhaps the most important part of this video that will help you understand how and why Whitman develops the first person voice in Leaves of Grass. You … Continue reading

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Connect a Specific Line from Whitman’s Poetry to a Specific Scene in This PBS Documentary

The technology staff in the Crowsnest is still trying to find out why PBS took the great episode of Whitman off of their American Experience website! We found another great asset on YouTube sharing this on their channel. So, we … Continue reading

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Let’s Curate Digital Assets for Colonial Literary History

Religious leader Anne Hutchinson arrived in the New World from England on this day in 1634. https://t.co/1oQk9CrwX1 #apush pic.twitter.com/pZ2QkV1mZl — AP for Students (@APforStudents) September 18, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsLet’s start collecting digital assets that will enhance our study of colonial literature. … Continue reading

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Let’s Use PBS Documentary to Guide Colonial Literature

PBS Frontline’s God in America helps us appreciate the Puritan way of life exhibited in Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing and will help us get ready to read John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity.” Let’s have you just view … Continue reading

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Community Happens! What’s Your Take-away?

English teachers often challenge students to invest time and thought into their essays. We make handouts, write notes in the margin of essays, give pep talks, and repeatedly suggest to students the need to reflect on one’s thesis. One of … Continue reading

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Dear Will on TNT #WillTNT

As scholars of a Shakespeare course at Suffield Academy, we have spent the past year studying the works of the greatest playwright of all time. When we first heard about Will on TNT, we could not contain our excitement. We would … Continue reading

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Let’s Begin Our Discussion of Donne with a Cinematic Hook

This is a great scene from the movie, Wit. Though the scene stands on its own and inspires a re-reading of Donne’s Death Be Not Proud, Holy Sonnet X, you can learn more about the rest of the movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit_(film) Before … Continue reading

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