THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.
71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them
Author: Roxanne J. Coady
Category: Literary Collections
Now in paperback, a delightful collection of essays on the transformative power of reading In The Book That Changed My Life, our most admired writers, doctors, professors, religious leaders, politicians, chefs, and CEO s share the books that mean the most to them. For Doris Kearns Goodwin it was Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, which inspired her to enter a field, history writing, traditionally reserved for men. For Jacques Pépin it was The Myth of Sisyphus, which taught him the importance of personal responsibility, dignity, and goodness in the midst of existentialist France. A testament to the life-altering importance of literature, this book inspires us to return to old favorites and seek out new treasures. All proceeds go to The Read to Grow Foundation, which partners with urban hospitals to provide books and literacy information to newborns and their families.
New Directions is a thematic reading-writing book aimed at the most advanced learners. It prepares students for the rigors of college-level writing by having them read long, challenging, authentic readings, from a variety of genres, and by having them apply critical thinking skills as a precursor to writing. This emphasis on multiple longer readings gives New Directions its distinctive character.
Demonstrates ways to use students' outside talents in the classroom, shows how to adapt the curriculum incorporating visual aspects of literacy, and offers guidance on expanding teaching strategies with digital storytelling, wikis, and blogs.
Foreword by Colby Sharp In the decade since the first edition of Still Learning to Read was published, the prevalence of testing and the Common Core State Standards have changed what is expected of both teachers and students. The new edition of Still Learning to Read focuses on the needs of students in grades 3-6 in all aspects of reading workshop, including reading workshop, read-aloud, classroom design, digital tools, fiction, nonfiction, and close reading. The book stays true to its original beliefs of slowing down and knowing our readers, but it also takes into account the sense of urgency that changing times and standards impose on classrooms. This edition examines current trends in literacy, includes a new section on intentional instructional planning, and provides expanded examples of mini-lessons and routines that promote deeper thinking about learning. It also includes a brand new chapter on scaffolding for reading nonfiction and showcases the authors' latest thinking on close reading and text complexity. Online videos provide glimpses into classrooms as students make book choices, work in small groups, and discuss their reading notebooks. Expanded and updated book lists, recommendations for digital tools, lesson cycles, and sections specifically written for school leaders round out this foundational resource.
This book is for Christian readers of fiction who might experience difficulty trying to make an informed choice beyond what is being published by evangelical presses. Marketed to a specific target audience, evangelical fiction oftentimes leaves a reader with a strong emotional response but lacks the literary depth or the breadth of subject that could inspire life-changing spiritual growth. With this premise at the heart of her book, Connie Wineland includes her own story of conversion to Christianity by way of reading fiction. During her late twenties and early thirties, particularly while in graduate school, Wineland became immersed in literary and rhetorical studies while also practicing an Eastern form of religion as well as Native American spirituality. However, despite all her training in literary theory, her readings in Romantic, Victorian, modern, and postmodern literature (which she explains), as well as her personal interest in mythology and world religions, kept her questioning the existence of God and the possible nature of God. Then, as a relatively new convert to Christianity, she faced several challenges at a small Christian college where she taught literature and writing courses. Eventually wanting to reach beyond the academic community, Wineland began a local Christian readers' group, which she ran for four years. She includes in this book resources and materials such as sample syllabi and study-guide questions, useful Web addresses, and plenty of how-to information for starting and running your own book club. Also included is an extensive list of annotated titles of recommended reading to get anyone started!
Adolescents Rewrite their Worlds offers alternative ways teachers can engage young adolescents with the writing process using literature. The contributors discuss the values of writing in twenty-first century classrooms and global societies, remarking that writing is first a personal exploration that is informed by cultural practices.
A Christian Reader's Guide to Great Literature and Its Themes
Author: David L. Larsen
Publisher: Kregel Academic
Great works and authors of the world are introduced and reviewed artistically, intellectually, and theologically. Persons discussed include Plato, Milton, Dickens, Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Mark Twain, and C. S. Lewis.
Set in an accessible prose-poem and style and seasoned with wisdom quotes from many sources, HutchinsonÂ’s latest book leads to the rediscovery of vital connections to Jesus (via the LordÂ’s Prayer), ourselves (via holy leisure), wise guides (via inspirational fiction), others (via true relations), and God (via the savored life). Frequent reflection questions draw readers into interior dialogue or discussion with friends. Â“Gold-miners find their precious nuggets by sorting through and washing tons of dirt. Gloria Hutchinson is a miner. In this book, she pans through mountains of literature and extracts precious nugget after precious nugget. You will be wonderfully overwhelmed with shining pieces of wisdom from everywhere, not least from Gloria Hutchinson herself. A very creative, insightful, poetically-written book.Â” Ron Rolheiser Author of The Holy Longing Â“ Â‘Drop the reins of your driven life.Â’ Gloria Hutchinson helps us do this with a smile -- or even a big grin. She invites us to the inner places where we can enjoy more fully the life and love that is ours. This is a little book with which we will want to Â‘waste timeÂ’.Â” M. Basil Pennington Author of Centering Prayer Â“Life is all about Â‘connectionsÂ’ Â– staying in and developing relationships. Gloria Hutchinson not only reminds us of this master spiritual fact, she shows us how to foster good relationships Â– with Jesus, ourselves, fellow pilgrims, and God.Â” Bishop Robert Morneau Author of A Retreat with C. S. Lewis