Lauren Racano

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Scientists Have Figured Out There Are Only 6 Core Emotional Arcs in All English Fiction

Stop me if you've heard this one before.<p>If you're ever reading a book or watching a movie and get the distinct feeling you've come across the story …

The Magic of "Untranslatable" Words

<i>Frisson</i>. What a strange word. It evokes that peculiar intermingling of excitement and fear that can attend momentous events. The spark of electricity …

55 More Thoughts for English Teachers

A lot has changed in my life since I first offered 55 thoughts to English teachers. After teaching for more than a decade at a high school with over …

Teaching

10 Things You May Not Know About Agatha Christie

Article Details:<p>Author<p>Jesse Greenspan<p>Website Name<p>history.com<p>Year Published<p>2016<p>Title<p>10 Things You May Not Know About Agatha …

Police Sketches of Literary Characters Based on Their Book Descriptions

It's a complaint you hear time and time again from readers when beloved books are adapted into films: The actors don't match the mental image …

Lay vs. Lie

by Liz BuremanWe’re tackling one of the less obvious grammatical foibles today. Did you know that there is a difference between lay and lie? Because …

Prenatal Development

Master of Arts in English

The fully-funded Master's (MA) in English within the School of Writing, Literature, and Film allows graduate students to work closely with faculty …

Togs or swimmers? Why Australians use different words to describe the same things

Is Australia about to descend into civil war over whether a deep-fried potato snack is rightfully called a “potato cake” or a “potato scallop”? From …

'Star Wars' Languages Owe to Tibetan, Finnish, Haya, Quechua, and Penguins

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Sean Hutchinson</b><p>The secret key to the success of <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 was its fully realized world. Its universe felt old, lived-in, with a wide diversity of alien species who spoke their own languages. Most of the non-English languages heard in <i>Star Wars</i> …

This City Offered Free Public Transportation to Anyone Reading a Book on the Bus

This summer, the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca unveiled a new initiative designed to both promote literacy, and encourage residents to take advantage …

The origins of Christmas words

Mistletoe encounters can be very hit-or-miss. My own experiences usually involve kissing a definite non-target rather than the person I’d been …

How to Learn a Language When You Don’t Like Learning Languages

For some people, the process of learning a language is just as exciting as being able to speak it. They enjoy researching word origins, discovering …

Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”

The Surrealists’ ideal state for making art was the twilight between wakefulness and sleep, when they would dredge up images from the murky subconscious and throw them onto the page or canvas. Proposing sleepwalking as an optimal widespread societal condition, André Breton once asked, “When will we …

University of Pennsylvania

The Story of Pocahontas

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn that there are multiple versions of the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. …

Romare Bearden's 'Black Odyssey' Puts A Modern Harlem Twist On Classical Mythology

If you happen to be studying at New York's Columbia University this fall you, like many other students around the world, will be assigned to read Homer's "Odyssey," that epic epic poem about a flawed hero's journey home.<p>However, unlike most other students studying the classic, you'll have the …

Introducing a Text Before Reading

How pre-reading relates to ELLs<p>English language learners (ELLs) have great difficulty jumping into new texts without any background support. Students …

Teaching