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Twelfth Night Act 2 Sc 4

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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, back at his palace, Orsino summons Feste to perform a song. In the meantime, the Duke and Viola have a conversation about a certain someone Viola (Cesario) fancies, and Orsino offers his love advice. Orsino declares he will not take “no” for an answer from Olivia, but Viola protests that love doesn’t always go according to plan. The two debate men’s and women’s capacities for love, and at the end of their exchange, Orsino orders Viola (Cesario) to return to Olivia with a love token from him.

Looking for Alaska | The Great American Read

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Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel about first love, unrequited love, tragedy, and the intense experiences during the teenage years. Author John Green speaks about his process in writing the novel, including the autobiographical elements.

Learning Objective

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions
  • Build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills with a list of words explored in the video

The Call of the Wild | The Great American Read

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Enduring love is the underlying theme of Jack London's story of a dog, Buck, who is kidnapped and forced to pull a sled in Alaska, and who is ultimately saved by the trapper John Thornton. Chelsea Clinton speaks of her fondness for the book, which she first read in junior high school; her perspective on the novel was different from the boys, who saw it as strictly an adventure tale.

Learning Objective

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions
  • Expand vocabulary and reading comprehension using a list of words introduced in the segment

 

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole | The Great American Read

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Ignatius J. Reilly is the unlikely, and unforgettable hero of the Pulitzer prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces. Set in New Orleans, the novel follows Ignatius, an obese, thirty-year-old, unemployed scholar who lives with his mother. He launches a crusade against modernity—which he thinks is the downfall of humankind.

Learning Objectives

Student will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions.
  • Build vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension skills.

MN Original | Carter Meland: Author

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Carter Meland was in his thirties when he discovered he had Native American ancestors. A phone call delivered the news that his paternal grandfather was Anishinaabe. This remarkable family history became the centerpiece of Meland's first novel, Stories for a Lost Child. The book was chosen as one of four finalists for the Minnesota Book Award in the Novel and Short Story category in 2018.

The Chronicles of Narnia | The Great American Read

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The Chronicles of Narnia follows a group of children who are evacuated to the English countryside during WWII. The books tell of the their adventures in the imaginary kingdom of Narnia, guided by a talking lion named Aslan, as they fight the White Witch and restore the throne to its rightful line. Tennis great Venus Williams shares her love of the books and experts speak of author C.S. Lewis and his use of allegories for war and religion in the series.

Learning Objective

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer a series of contextual questions.
  • Understand the difference between a myth and mythology.
  • Build vocabulary, reading and comprehension skills by using the vocabulary list.

One Hundred Years of Solitude | The Great American Read

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Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez uses "magical realism" in his story of the fictional town of Macondo and the five generations of the Buendia family who inhabit it. The story is told in flashbacks and flash-forwards that fuse the fantastical with the everyday. The town and the Buendias survive wars, forbidden love affairs, and the invasion of foreigners and industrialization.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions
  • Expand vocabulary and reading comprehension skills by using the vocabulary list associated with this segment
  • Understand what magical realism is and how it differs from fantasy
  • Research and identify Latin American countries and the setting of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, 100 Years of Solitude

Ready Player One | The Great American Read

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Ready Player One is the 2011 blockbuster by Ernest Cline set in a dystopian near-future. The novel follows a young man named Wade, who escapes his bleak life by going into a virtual world called The Oasis. Actor Wil Wheaton, who also performed the audiobook, shares his love for the story. We also meet Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO of the Drone Racing League, where racers can have a virtual reality experience of their own. Horbaczewski reveals why he feels the DRL is similar to the experiences in Ready Player One, and why he loves and relates to the book.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions about the novel, “Ready Player One.” 
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of virtual worlds discussed in the novel in a short essay 
  • Explore the meaning of the term “immersive” in a short essay 
  • Build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills using the vocabulary list associated with this resource

Sofia and Mr. Parrot | Take the Stage

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Learn prepositions (on, under, next to, over and around) by singing a mariachi song with Sofia and Mr. Parrot!

Viewers sing and dance along with Sofia as she learns prepositions demonstrated by Mr. Parrot being on the sombrero, under the sombrero, next to the sombrero, over the sombrero, and around the sombrero.

Learning Objective:
Understand and use the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking (with adult assistance): prepositions and simple prepositional phrases appropriately when speaking or writing (e.g., in, on, under, over).

View the Spanish version of Sofia and Mr. Parrot by clicking here.

Sofía y Sr. Perico | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende las preposiciones (sobre, debajo, al lado, arriba y alrededor) mientras cantas rancheras con Sofía y Sr. Perico!

Los espectadores cantan y bailan junto con Sofía mientras aprenden las preposiciones demostradas po Sr. Perico: sobre el sombrero, debajo del sombrero, al lado del sombrero, arriba del sombrero y alrededor del sombrero.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Entender y usar las siguientes partes del habla en el contexto de leer, escribir y hablar (con ayuda de un adulto): preposiciones y frases preposicionales simples de manera apropiada al hablar o escribir (por ejemplo: en, sobre, debajo, arriba).

View the English version of Sofía y Sr. Perico by clicking here.

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