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Find your next book to read!

posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:32 AM by Unknown user

"Your Next Read is a neat little site that provides you with a web of book recommendations based on the authors and books you already like. Here's how it works; type in the title of a book you like or author you like and Your Next Read will provide you with a web of books that might also enjoy. Click on any of the books appearing the web to create another new web."
                                                            ~From: Free Technology for Teachers

Creative Writing!

posted Apr 3, 2014, 10:58 AM by Chris P   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 11:43 AM ]

I wanted to plug
 a great opportunity for young writers
 -
 
a
 week of creative writing
 
at UNH
!
  Three week-long sessions during the summer open to students entering 5th-12th (students are grouped by age). It is a great time where writers interact with other aspiring writers, meet authors, and write! I taught a session for high school students last summer and will be returning this summer - it is lots of fun and a chance to hang out on a college campus for a week!




For more i
nformation and registration click the link below:
 

http://cola.unh.edu/english/program/writers-academy 

Want to do some creative writing?

posted Mar 19, 2014, 3:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 3:39 AM ]

Hi everyone!
I wanted to plug
 a great opportunity for young writers
 -
 
a
 week of creative writing
 
at UNH
!
  Three week-long sessions during the summer open to students entering 5th-12th (students are grouped by age). It is a great time where writers interact with other aspiring writers, meet authors, and write! I taught a session for high school students last summer and will be returning this summer - it is lots of fun and a chance to hang out on a college campus for a week!

For more i
nformation and registration click the link below:
 

http://cola.unh.edu/english/program/writers-academy 


Best, 

Mr. Pirkl

Read about the inspiration behind A FAULT IN OUR STARS

posted Feb 1, 2014, 5:18 PM by Unknown user

You may or may not know that John Greens book A Fault in Our Stars was based on a real girl. You can read more about her here. WARNING! It is sad.

Ask Laurie Halse Anderson a question!

posted Dec 20, 2013, 3:39 AM by Unknown user

Hi 8th graders,
I received a message (you can read it below) on goodreads asking for questions for Laurie Halse Anderson (she wrote Chains). If you have a question for her (or more than one). It isn't clear how they are collecting questions so, email it to me and I'll pass it along.



Hi Mr. Pirkl,


We have the amazing opportunity to ask Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, your questions. Please ask her anything you want to know about her new book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, her past work, her writing secrets—anything! We'll choose ten of the most interesting questions for her to answer in the January YA newsletter.

* Why did I get this email? You received this message because you gave
5 stars to a book by Laurie Halse Anderson. To participate, click below to reply with your question today.

* Where do I see the interview? Look for the interview in January in the
Goodreads Young Adult Newsletter and online:
https://www.goodreads.com/featured_li...

Make a Video - be famous!

posted Dec 5, 2013, 7:45 AM by Unknown user


The White House has sent out a call for student-made videos that highlight the power of technology in schools. More information (including a promo clip by Bill Nye) can be found here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival


See or contact Mr. Cole for more info or help 

Book Lists

posted Dec 2, 2013, 7:41 AM by Unknown user

What kind of bibliophile are you? This site has lists of books that you can check yourself against - perhaps find some books to add to your 'to-read" list on Goodreads? - Check the lists out here - leave a comment below to share results or lists you think others should check out.  

NPR STORY: Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

posted Oct 23, 2013, 6:53 AM by Unknown user

This is a really interesting article on some research that showed that people who read literature are better able to interpret non-verbal cues that help them understand what people are thinking/feeling. 

Snippet from the article: (read the whole article here)
"Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

On average, people who read parts of more literary books like The Round House by Louise Erdrich did better on those tests than people who read either nothing, read nonfiction or read best-selling popular thrillers like The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel.

For example, folks who were assigned to read highbrow literary works did better on a test called "Reading the Mind in the Eyes," which required them to look at black-and-white photographs of actors' eyes and decide what emotion the actors were expressing."

20 Essential Words We Got From Literature

posted Oct 3, 2013, 6:36 AM by Unknown user

Some (okay most) of these words you will never have a need to use, however there are a few that you will have heard of and even may have used yourself. 
It is interesting the influence literature has on language; writers make words up and they become a part of our language - pretty cool!

Words that are crazy specific

posted Sep 24, 2013, 9:43 AM by Unknown user

Tarantism (n.): an illness characterized by the sudden urge to dance

I came across a blog post that discusses ten words that are really specific (one of them is above), while you probably won't use any of them, they are interesting to read about. 

CHECK THEM OUT HERE

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