How Literature Can Improve Your Life

by on October 16, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


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.

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The New Reading Rainbow

by on July 9, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


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.

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Reading Comprehension Strategies

by on January 27, 2014 in Student Lingo with No Comments »


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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.

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The Importance of Reading

by on February 2, 2012 in Must Reads with 1 Comment »


Introduction

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.

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