Join us for our wrap up discussion of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao! Haven’t had a chance to finish the book? Haven’t even started it? Curling up with a good novel is an excellent way to spend a long, holiday weekend (and sneak away from family!) Bronx Extension Center: Wednesday December 3rd @ 4:30PM Manhattan Campus: Wednesday, December 10th @ 4:30PM
What scares us? In a blog post, two writers, Ayana Mathis (left) and Francine Prose, talk about their encounters with terrifying books. Interestingly, both refer to books they first read as young children.
This animation explores the various arguments for reading literature. Curious about how the simple act of reading Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao can make you a better person? Check out this groovy animation created by The School of Life.
Anyone remember “Reading Rainbow,” the show geared toward getting kids to read? It ran on PBS from 1983-2006, and in 2012 it became a downloadable app. Now it has a funny new Kickstarter campaign, starring its longtime beloved host, LeVar Burton, raising money to improve the app. Check it out below.
Clearly, the creature is composing a Shakespearean drama, and Shakespearean dramas can take time to understand.
Here at The Specialist, we have quick links to every Student Lingo webinar offered through the LEC. Webinars (website + seminar) are innovative and interactive tools to enhance, or help you brush up on, your skills in various areas and subjects. They last 20-30 minutes and are taught by living, breathing professionals who patiently guide you through the topic. The best part? You can take them on any device, at any time.
In this webinar, Reading Comprehension Strategies, you will learn:
Effective strategies for chunking a text for the “big picture”
Effective strategies for annotating a text for the key details
To take Reading Comprehension Strategies, click here. You will be asked to fill out a short form, and the webinar will pop up in another window.
One of the things I stress to all my students is the importance of reading outside of the classroom. Typically, we connote “pleasure” (or “leisure”) reading, as it’s so often referred to, with reading something simple and easy, like the sports page or a detective thriller. And while there is nothing wrong with catching up on the latest Girl with the Dragon Tattoo installment or getting some critical commentary about the Knicks’ woes, it is imminently possible to enjoy—or, dare I say, be entertained by—a somewhat more intellectual/educational reading. On that note, allow me to suggest Stanley Fish’s blog on the New York Times website.