Strange Bedfellows Surprising Text Pairs and Lessons for Reading and Writing Across Genres

ISBN-10: 0325013713

ISBN-13: 9780325013718

Edition: 2008

Authors: Carol Rawlings Miller

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Carol Rawlings Miller leads us - and in turn our students - into urgent conversations that have become all too scarce in many classrooms in recent years, places where the curriculum has become all too safe, too plain. When she pairs Martin Luther King and Shakespeare, there is a resounding cymbal crash in the head, as there is when Miller serves up speeches by Susan Sontag and George W. Bush. A stranger set of bedfellows has not been seen in some timehellip;. Miller has created a course of study that will bring back to the classroom something of the fire it once had but which recent movements have dampened. - Jim Burke Author of The English Teacher's Companion, Third Edition What do Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama have in common? When it comes to helping students become savvy about genre, rhetoric, and language: everything. In Strange Bedfellows Carol Rawlings Miller pairs short pieces by famous writers and speakers for side-by-side discussion and frames these pairs in lessons that help students meet a variety of curricular goals. With Strange Bedfellows your students will study the traits of effective writing and persuasion. They'll also sharpen their critical-reading skills through exposure to a variety of texts and authors: Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger George W. Bush and Susan Sontag Jonathan Swift and Leonard Lewin Joseph Mitchell and Orhan Pamuk. Miller saves you hours of prep time. She's built ready-to-use, discussion-based lessons around each literary odd couple that help students think critically and find solid approaches to more complicated texts. In each lesson you'll find that: Every text is line-numbered for easy reference during discussion. Key definitions and contextual notes at point of use support deeper understanding. Discussion points, questions for readers, and writing activities accompany each lesson. Blackline masters of all texts and student forms are in the book. From the Bard to Barack. From the Maginot Line to the World Trade Center. With Strange Bedfellows it's never been easier to find high-quality instruction that engages students with top-notch, real-world texts.
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List price: $33.75
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Carol Rawlings Miller is the author of the Heinemann title Strange Bedfellows. She has taught English for twenty-five years at the middle and secondary levels at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, New York, as well as in Turkey, Ireland, and South Africa. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Time Warner Council for Basic Education. Carol earned a B.A. in English from Vassar College, and an M.A. in English from New York University. She has also studied at the New School and at the London Academy for Musical and Dramatic Arts in Shakespearean acting. She is the author of the best-selling 50 Writing Lessons That Work! as well as Irresistible Shakespeare.

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