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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.

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.

The Giver by Lois Lowry | The Great American Read

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The Giver is a Newberry Award-winning book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of 12-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly perfect society called “the community,” where memories and feelings have been eliminated. He eventually discovers the community’s dark side and takes a daring step to save a life and seek freedom. We explore how Jonas is an ordinary boy who does the extraordinary.

Learning objectives
Students will:
 

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

 

1984 by George Orwell | The Great American Read

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George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, centers on a world of perpetual war and totalitarian rule, in which Winston Smith is a low-ranking government employee. Big Brother is always watching, and even thinking rebellious thoughts is a crime. Winston risks his life waging a battle for individual freedom and expression: a battle he cannot win.

Learning Objectives

Students will: 

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

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | The Great American Read

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Douglas Adams' 1979 novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is a comedic satire on society, bureaucracy, and closed-mindedness. Former NFL player Chris Kluwe shares his love of the novel, and suggests why it helped to popularize the phrase "Don't Panic," among other things. And expert Baratunde Thurston thinks of it as an absurdist, post modernist, non-linear way to create a story world.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

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

Pride and Prejudice | The Great American Read

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In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen wrote a strong female heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, who is more than a match for the rich and handsome Mr. Darcy, and who will not marry merely for money or position. Actress Lauren Graham is one of several book lovers who share their fondness for this novel that has become a template for many other books and movies. Literary experts also weigh in on why this novel has become an enduring classic.

Learning Objective

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions
  • Create character sketches of the two major characters of “Pride and Prejudice”
  • Build vocabulary, reading, listening and comprehension skills

 

Moby Dick | The Great American Read

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Experts discuss Herman Melville's love of the sea and how the obsessed Ahab is the anti-hero of the story. Professor Mary K. Bercaw Edwards brings her students onto a 19th century whaling ship to learn about the sea tale. Ahab teaches us how obsession can lead anyone down the wrong path.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Watch a video segment and answer contextual questions.
  • Explore the character of the villain in novels and the role they play to push the narrative forward
  • Build vocabulary, reading, and listening comprehension skills

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

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