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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
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What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written?This unit will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different understanding of the author's intended meaning.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Author:
The Open University
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Civic Engagement
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There will always be issues that we disagree with and would like to see changed, but we tend to minimize our role in society. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’m only one person”? This seminar will explain the important role you play in government. You might not feel like you play an important role, but you do! The “dem” in “democracy” comes from the Greek word demos, meaning “people.” There are many ways that you can be actively engaged in your local, state, and federal government. In this seminar, you will learn about the rights and responsibilities you have as an American citizen and what you can do to help on a small and large scale.StandardsCC.8.6.9.-10.C--Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.5.2.9.C--Examine political leadership and public service in a republican form of government.5.2.9.D--Analyze citizens’ role in the political process toward the attainment of goals for individual and public good.

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Reading Informational Text
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
01/02/2018
Classroom Annotation (Literature)
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Step-by-Step instructions for collaboratively annotating a public-domain text in your course and sharing it with the world.

Subject:
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Philosophy
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Joshua Commander
Date Added:
02/01/2022
Codex Conquest
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Codex Conquest teaches students to recognize the most important printed books of Western civilization by their nation, century, genre, and current monetary value. Along the way, students learn world history and the scenarios that influence the shape of collections at institutions. Suiting a variety of curricular objectives and student levels, the game can be tailored to fit subject and time specifications and is accessible to students from high school through graduate school. How deeply students engage with the content of Codex Conquest depends on your pedagogy.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
History
Literature
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
University of Iowa
Author:
Amy Hildreth Chen
Edward Raber
Hannah Scates Kettler
Heidi Wiren Bartlett
Michelle Chesner
Serina Sulentic
Date Added:
05/19/2022
The Comedy of Errors
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The Folger Shakespeare Library provides the full searchable text of "The Comedy of Errors" to read online or download as a PDF. All of the lines are numbered sequentially to make it easier and more convenient to find any line.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Folger Shakespeare Library
Author:
William Shakespeare
Date Added:
04/29/2016
Composition II: An Exploration of Reading and Writing
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This collection of resources covers the fundamentals of literature and encourages critical and thoughtful responses to a variety of writings, from short stories, poetry, and music to case studies and academic essays. There is a comprehensive guide to the basic building blocks of writing, with terms, discussion points, video examples, and pop-culture relevancy. A link to each writing is included, with works ranging from Sophocles to Bono. 

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Author:
Stephanie Pesce
Date Added:
05/24/2021
The Confusion of Identity Exploration in Middle School
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This 6th Grade literacy unit focuses on the Required Core Novel The Skin I’m In , by Sharon G. Flake. This unit explores the confusing journey to finding identity as a middle school aged student. The complex identities of five characters from the novel, Maleeka, Char, Mrs. Saunders, Caleb and John-John, are analyzed with multiple supplemental texts. The project for the students includes a daily “Identity Journal,” in which they analyze the characters using text evidence from both the novel and supplemental texts, and then compare these with what they are feeling or seeing within themselves. The unit culminates with a drawing of the student alongside the character the most identify with. Students present their journals with the drawings.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Provider Set:
2016 Curriculum Units Volume II
Date Added:
08/01/2016
Conversations with History: Islam, Empire, and the Left, with Tariq Ali
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Host Harry Kreisler speaks with Tariq Ali, a British-Pakistani journalist, novelist, playwright, publisher, filmmaker, and renowned social critic about Islam, empire, and the left. (57 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Film and Music Production
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
09/16/2007
Conversations with History: The Power of Words and the Power over Words
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Annabel Patterson, Professor Emeritus of English, Yale University for a discussion of her career as a literary scholar. The discussion focuses on the challenges of understanding literature in its historical and social context. Her work on censorship, Shakespeare, and her current research on the use of words in the American political dialogue are some of the topics addressed in the conversation. (59 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Linguistics
Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
07/21/2007
Conversations with History: War in History and in Fiction, with Michael B. Oren
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Host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and novelist Michael Oren for a discussion of the search for truth in his historical studies and in his novels. He reflects on the skills and temperament required to do history and fiction focusing on his study of the six day war in the Middle East and his novel Reunion. (54 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
03/07/2010
Coriolanus
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The Folger Shakespeare Library provides the full searchable text of "Coriolanus" to read online or download as a PDF. All of the lines are numbered sequentially to make it easier and more convenient to find any line.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Folger Shakespeare Library
Author:
William Shakespeare
Date Added:
04/29/2016
Creativity and mental illness : the Madness and Literature Network (Presentation by Patrick Gale)
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In this video author Patrick Gale shares his thoughts on madness and creativity during the Madness and Literature Network Seminar in 2009. For related videocasts see those presented by Professor Paul Crawford and Paul Sayer.

Presentation delivered May 2009.

Suitable for: Undergraduate study and Community Education

Patrick Gale, Author.

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962, where his father was prison governor at Camp Hill prison. Later the family moved to London. He boarded at The Pilgrim's School, where he was a chorister, then went to Winchester College before reading English at Oxford University. He did a series of odd jobs to support his writing before becoming a full-time novelist, moving to Cornwall in 1987. He is the author of several novels, and also writes short stories and novellas. He has written one book of non-fiction, on the American novelist Armistead Maupin, and also writes book reviews for The Daily Telegraph.

His first two novels, Ease and The Aerodynamics of Pork, were published on the same day in 1986. The Facts of Life (1995) tells the story of Edward Pepper, an exile saved from Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport, and Tree Surgery for Beginners (1998) is about Laurence Frost, an inarticulate tree surgeon. A Sweet Obscurity (2003) is told from the alternating viewpoints of four separate characters. Friendly Fire (2003) draws on the author's own experience of a late 1970s adolescence, and Notes from an Exhibition (2007) is set in Cornwall, exploring the effects of mental illness on artist Rachel Kelly and her family.

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Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Nottingham
Author:
Patrick Gale
Date Added:
03/22/2017
Creativity and mental illness : the Madness and Literature Network (Presentation by Paul Sayer)
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In this video author Paul Sayer shares his thoughts on madness and creativity during the Madness and Literature Network Seminar in 2009. For related videocasts see those presented by Professor Paul Crawford and Patrick Gale.

Presentation delivered May 2009.

Suitable for: Undergraduate study and Community Education

Paul Sayer, Author.

Paul Sayer is a former psychiatric nurse whose first novel The Comforts of Madness (1988) won the Constable Trophy, the Whitbread First Novel prize, and the Whitbread Book of the Year award. His five subsequent books include The Absolution Game (1992), Booker Prize 'long-listed', and Men in Rage (1999) published by Bloomsbury. His work has been translated into ten languages, and he has been the recipient of a number of scholarships, including a Society of Authors travel award and, for 2007/8, a Wingate Scholarship to support the writing of a new novel.

Paul has tutored for Arvon, and has numerous credits for reviews and features in: the Sunday Times, Times, Independent, Literary Review, Time Out, Nursing Standard, Nursing Times, and many more. Psychiatry and psychological sciences remain an interest.

'The Comforts of Madness is surely sad, but enthralling in its excellence. Sayer's style is understated and surehanded.'- New York Newsday

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Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Nottingham
Author:
Paul Sayer
Date Added:
03/22/2017
Cuba! Identity Revealed through Cultural Connections
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Through what lens do we identify a nation, its leaders, and its people? Can those of us outside of a select culture impartially examine and embrace a nation and its constituents through multiple lenses such that we objectively identify a country and its people—many of whose descendants live within American shores? How do we enlighten future generations to become thinkers who empathize, communicate, and interact with diverse cultures, ultimately helping them develop working relationships with diverse people within our country and ever-expanding global community? How can understanding identity and collective consciousness serve as a unifying force for a community, a nation, and the world? By immersing students in hands-on research activities, engaging discourse with entrepreneurs and individuals from diverse cultures, and more, we can perhaps evoke positive change in this regards. “Cuba! Identity Revealed” serves as a proposed “discovery prototype” to achieve this end. Using the country of Cuba as a springboard, young learners will go beyond textbook knowledge, media images, and sweeping generalizations to better understand and constructively embrace diverse cultures that exist both within and beyond America’s shores.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Provider Set:
2016 Curriculum Units Volume II
Date Added:
08/01/2016
Cymbeline
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The Folger Shakespeare Library provides the full searchable text of "Cymbeline" to read online or download as a PDF. All of the lines are numbered sequentially to make it easier and more convenient to find any line.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Folger Shakespeare Library
Author:
William Shakespeare
Date Added:
04/29/2016
Dante in Translation
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The course is an introduction to Dante and his cultural milieu through a critical reading of the Divine Comedy and selected minor works (Vita nuova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, Epistle to Cangrande). An analysis of Dante's autobiography, the Vita nuova, establishes the poetic and political circumstances of the Comedy's composition. Readings of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise seek to situate Dante's work within the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages, with special attention paid to political, philosophical and theological concerns. Topics in the Divine Comedy explored over the course of the semester include the relationship between ethics and aesthetics; love and knowledge; and exile and history.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Author:
Giuseppe Mazzotta
Date Added:
02/16/2011