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Literature

CHARLES DICKENS  - Section Code: PEDW9451
Charles Dickens is one of the world's best known and highly respected authors. Explore the wonderful world of Dickens through the Internet websites providing bibliographic information on Dickens. Discover how many different jobs Dickens held prior to writing. Read some of his famous works "on line," and see the various criticisms and critiques of his works. There is a wealth of information for both you and your students on this classic author. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

E. E. CUMMINGS  - Section Code: PEDW9452
E.E. Cummings, a world-renowned poet, broke out of the traditional ways of writing poetry and stretched his readers' imagination to new levels. Begin to get to know this very interesting person by studying his poetry. Investigate his life, read his poetry and his quotations. Discover what students in other schools have developed for their school websites and then look for other websites that will meet your specific needs. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

EDGAR ALLAN POE  - Section Code: PEDW9453
Poe has been the center of a great deal of debate and criticism as a person and how his personality had an impact on his writings. His life is surrounded in many ways, with mystery and speculation. As an author, he takes the readers to some of the most bizarre corners of the human mind. Regardless of his lifestyle, he is a giant in western literature. Use the Internet to begin to bring his genius, or insanity, to your students by learning more about the man and his works. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

GREAT AMERICAN AUTHORS  - Section Code: PEDW9454
America’s rich cultural diversity has helped to generate some of the world’s greatest authors. They write from many perspectives, in dramatic or humorous form, about the American life and condition, both good and bad. Now you can expand your students’ awareness and understanding of the people who write America’s great stories. Take students on virtual tours to the homes and towns where these people lived and provide students with free access to electronic versions of great classics. Expand their critical thinking skills by having them review critiques and criticisms of famous works. They can determine which perspective they support and defend it. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

JACK LONDON - LIFE AND TIMES  - Section Code: PEDW9455
Call of the Wild and Sea Wolf are just two of the popular titles written by this prolific author. Now you can take your students on a virtual tour over the Internet to see the places and view the documents that will help bring this legendary figure to life. You will be able to visit his home near Sonoma, California, read his works on the Internet, explore the variety of films and videos that have been produced based on his work through the film database and read the debates by critics who wrote about him during his lifetime. Bring this famous author into the hearts and minds of your students. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

JANE AUSTEN  - Section Code: PEDW9456
Jane Austen is a "household name" in the world of literature providing years of entertainment for adults and children. Visit a variety of websites that will provide you with information about both the works and the person of Jane Austin. Explore the A&E website where there is an immense collection of "behind the scenes" facts. See how other teachers have integrated Austen's works into their lesson plans. Find out what Austen was concerned about when she wrote about the "idleness of women" during that period. Read critical reviews of her works and comments on her often controversial social commentaries. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

JOHN STEINBECK  - Section Code: PEDW9457
Truly one of the literary giants of all time, John Steinbeck is a classic author with multiple levels of depth and message. Use the extensive resources of the web to visit a wide variety of sites that include the cottage on 11th street in Pacific Grove, California, to discover the inside story about Steinbeck. Read some of his works on the Internet, learn about the movies based upon his books, read critiques of his writings, and better understand the message he was attempting to impart to his readers. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

MARK TWAIN  - Section Code: PEDW9458
One of the giants in American Literature, Mark Twain had a fascinating way of looking at the America of his times. Explore websites that have his works, bibliography, photographs and historical information of events that were happening during his lifetime. Study his early life and try to determine how that may have influenced his writings. Find out how he used his pen to make a political commentary about the American presence in the Philippines. This course can enhance your students' understanding of this great American icon. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE  - Section Code: PEDW9459
Nathaniel Hawthorne brings his vision of early America to the readers. Learn more about this important literary genius simply by going to the Internet. Study his individual works like "The Scarlet Letter," and "Young Goodman Brown." Explore the Internet and read how the critics treated Hawthorne, study his life, then venture out to related sites to see what else you can discover. Take a trip with Hawthorne to the White House to meet with Abraham Lincoln and learn what was discussed? Study the many movies that have been produced based upon his writings. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON  - Section Code: PEDW9460
Born in England, Stevenson moved to California in his twenties to be with his future wife and to pursue his writing. His fascinating literary talent, generated controversy and introspection. Move into the wide variety of websites where you can learn about the life of the author. Watch videos, visit museums, explore libraries and look at photos. Go to Scotland, search a library and read Stevenson's poetry. Your students can visit the Scotland of Stevenson's period and meet the people of the Highlands and then skip to Monterey, California and visit his residence. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

SHAKESPEARE  - Section Code: PEDW9461
The study of Western literature or humanities is pointless without spending time studying Shakespeare. Shakespeare (Great Barb or Barb of Avon) is experiencing a renaissance as a new interest in a variety of activities from movies, school plays and even the reconstruction of his theatre on the original site. Visit a three-dimensional animation of his theatre that will let you "pan and zoom" all the way around it. Find complete texts of his plays, debates about the possibility that the name "Shakespeare" was a pen name. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

THE BRONTE SISTERS  - Section Code: PEDW9462
The Bronte Sisters name is less well known than many popular authors. Yet, their works are well known, and popular. Your students can begin their tour of these great authors' works and lives by visiting websites. Find the answers to questions like, "Where were Emily, Anne and Charlotte born?" "Were there other children in the family?" "Was the family an important element in their lives and did this become evident in their titles?" You will also find many lesser-known works on other websites. Provide an opportunity to your students to learn more about these fascinating and talented sisters. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

UPTON SINCLAIR  - Section Code: PEDW9463
Did you know Upton Sinclair ran for governor of California? Or that he was considered to be a bit radical for his times? He and Jack London corresponded and those letters are available for your students to read online. As with many authors, he had a message. He attempted to bring the plight of poor Americans to the light of day. Visit an exhibition of photos of Sinclair and the issues that were of interest to him. Explore the database of movies that were made based on his work. Use these rich resources to help your students gain an appreciation of the person and his writings. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.

W. E. B. DUBOIS  - Section Code: PEDW9464
If your students have never heard of W.E.B. Du Bois, then here is an exciting way to introduce them to this very special author. Give them assignments to explore the many aspects of Du Bois' literary and personal life. For example, they will learn how the civil rights movement influenced his works. Read many of his works on the Internet. Experience their impact on African Americans' plight to gain equal rights. Get your students interested by investigating this important person. You will also explore other Internet tools including communications systems, online videos, information sharing programs, photo and graphic production, online bibliography services, wikis, webquests and many other resources. You will then synthesize these resources to design and develop a lesson plan, or other type of project, that you can use with your students.