> The Things You Can Read: November 2013

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd cruise down the road with a fine feathered friend in Haunted Spooks (1920)
Happy Thanksgiving! 
'Tis the season to be grateful!

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!

Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday!

Tis the Season to Give Thanks!

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Writing: Biography of Dickens


We are about to embark on our annual teaching of Dickens and Drama in all my English classes.  This is when students learn about the author, Charles Dickens, and read a dramatization of Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol. Not to mention, they will also be studying drama terminology.  We have added a lesson option to our Teaching Dickens and Drama page, which guides students through the process of writing a short biography of Dickens.  The full lesson can also be found on The Writing Whisperer.  Check it out and let us know what you think here at The Things You Can Read or The Writing Whisperer.
Download Plan Sheet: Click Here

Dickens Quotes Link

Resource for teaching Dickens: Click Here

Each of the categories from the plan sheet will be developed into three to four sentences, with the help of transitions, the end result will be a fluid paragraph.

The Quote(s) will be used to start and/or end your paragraph.

Sample Opening Sentence using a Dickens quote:

Charles Dickens wrote, “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.” these words fully describe Charles Dickens transformation from a poor English boy working in a shoe polish factory to a wealthy, respected, writer touring the world. Charles Dickens was born...

Sample Closing Sentence using a Dickens quote:

Charles Dickens' life was filled with joy and sorrow, however, he never lost sight of the fact that, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”-Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

And the WINNER of the Literary Blog Hop is...

Congratulations to LaurieC@BayStateReader'sAdvisory, Laurie chose the Amazon Gift Certificate!  Thanks to all those folks who participated in the hop!  We loved all the comments!  A big thank you to our host Judith@Leeswammes.wordpress.com.

Laurie's Comment via Amazon:  Thank you for the Amazon gift card through the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Writing Lesson to Use for Thanksgiving: Gratitude

This lesson uses a beautiful and moving video by time-lapse film-maker Louis Schwartzberg and encompasses the themes of gratitude, beauty and nature. Students will write sentences about gratitude, speak about what they are grateful for, watch a video, and write a short composition.
To see the entire lesson checkout our sister site:  The Writing Whisperer  CLICK HERE
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of the Written Word!

This lesson has been modified from its original version.  The original lesson can be found on FILM ENGLISH

View the film the lesson is based on:

Let us know what you think of the lesson, here at The Things You Can Read or at The Writing Whisperer.  Look for student essays to be posted in the coming week(s) on both sites. 

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Literary Blog Hop: November 9-13, 2013

Literary Blog Hop November
The Things You Can Read is proud to be joining The Literary Blog Hop hosted by Judith@Leeswammes' Blog.  What does that mean?  It means you have a chance to win some great books or book related prizes, but not just from The Things You Can Read, but from all those participating in The Literary Blog Hop.

We here at  The Things You Can Read will be giving away a free literary Audible.com book of your choice (you must be a member of Audible.com to receive the book) or a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com to be used for a literary book of your choice .  Here are the rules:
1The Literary Blog Hop
starts November 9-13. 
2To enter write a comment on the
official November 9th post and fill out the entry form: Click Here

3Now, FOLLOW The Things You Can Read on
Google Friends Connect (GFC), by Email or Bloglovin.  If
you already follow us, let us know in your official comment.

4The winner will be chosen by using the

The winner will be contacted by email after the contest
has concluded (November 14, 2013 Eastern Standard Time.)  We will post the winners name
and blog (with their permission) when
we announce the WINNER.  However you don't have to have a blog to participate.
Don't forget to checkout the other The Literary Blog Hop participants and Good Luck!  The Literary Blog Hop is from November 9 until November 13, 2013! Enjoy, and let us know what new blogs you discover as you hop around the blogosphere!

Here is a list for your hopping convenience:
    1. Leeswammes
    2. Ciska’s Book Chest
    3. Sam Still Reading
    4. The Things You Can Read (US)
    5. Col Reads
    6. Guiltless Reading
    7. Love at First Book (US)
    8. Maurice On Books (US)
    9. Mythical Books
    10. Books by Judith
    11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
    12. River City Reading
    13. Too Fond
    14. Exurbanis
    15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
    16. Book’d Out
    17. Roof Beam Reader
    18. Books Speak Volumes
    19. The Relentless Reader (US)
    20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
    21. Booklover Book Reviews
    22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
    23. Ephemeral Digest
    24. Julia Crane Author (US)
    25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
    1. Read Lately (US)
    2. Readerbuzz
    3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
    4. The Misfortune of Knowing
    5. Bibliophile By the Sea
    6. The Novel Life
    7. Kinx’s Book Nook (US)
    8. Dolce Bellezza
    9. Nose in a book
    10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
    11. Words for Worms
    12. Wensend
    13. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)
Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!
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