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October 08, 2015

A Plan to Update Shakespeare to Modern English Causes Consternation

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival rocked the literary world at the end of September with a bold announcement: Festival organizers are commissioning the translation of 39 Shakespearean plays into Modern English.

July 17, 2015

So Do You Teach Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman or What?

Harper Lee's newly released novel, the sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," complicates expectations but provides a goldmine of instructional opportunities for teachers.

February 24, 2015

New Resource Lets Students Write Letters to Poets, and Maybe Get a Response

The Academy of American Poets has launched a new multimedia feature in which students can watch videos of prominent poets reading from their work and then write letters to the authors in response.

February 03, 2015

Harper Lee to Publish Sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, But Why?

Go Set a Watchman, set 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, will be released in July. But the circumstances are a drama of their own.

January 15, 2015

YouTube Series Turn Classic Literature Into Modern Video Blogs

Modern vlog-style adaptations of classic novels may offer a new way to connect students with literature.

January 08, 2015

Study: In-School Reading Time Is Key to Building Love of Reading

A study by Scholastic finds that read-alouds and designated class time for independent reading are some of the strongest predictors of how frequently a child reads for fun.

November 21, 2014

R.A. Montgomery, Author of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books, Dies

Raymond Almiran Montgomery, the publisher-turned-author of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure book series, passed away Nov. 9; he was 79 years old.

November 12, 2014

'Interstellar' Lesson Plans Aim to Bring Science Fiction Into Classrooms

Following the release of new movie "Interstellar," Paramount Pictures has teamed up with Google Play for Education to create a set of free math, science, and arts and literature lesson plans based on the film.

November 03, 2014

Teacher: Adolescent Readers Shouldn't Be Sheltered From Literature

Colorado language arts teacher Alicia Urie defends her decision to teach The Outsiders, saying that good writing can make students cry, but they will be better for it.

July 30, 2014

App Aims to Boost Comprehension by Putting E-Books to Music

A startup that combines cinema-style soundtracks with the texts of popular books claims to be "transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film."

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