Five Authors to Celebrate in November

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Are you looking for some great reads in November? Celebrate five great authors with us and read some of their works both in and out of class. Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Louisa May Alcott, Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain were all born in November. These five authors offer five distinct styles, and students with diverse interest areas will find great stories to read.

Here are some tips to approach a reading project like this in class.

1 Create a context. Designate November to be a special reading month before the Christmas and New Year preparations and celebrations kick off.

2 Talk about the authors. Although the texts are fascinating, the lives of these authors also offer great opportunities for exploration. All of them led fantastic lives, and learning about the eras they lived in and the things they lived through can offer interesting ideas for research projects.

3 Let your students choose. Offer a selection of titles by these authors, let you students read the blurb, look at the cover and explore the illustrations. If your students are able to choose their own stories, they are more likely to be motivated to read them.

4 Find out about adaptations. All of these authors wrote stories which are still immensely popular. There are various film adaptations and retellings of their works, and approaching the stories through these can further contextualise them for your students.

5 Reflect on the stories after reading. When your students have finished reading the stories, dedicate some time (probably at the end of the month) to listen to their experiences. Ask them for book recommendations, book reviews, book journals or book presentations.

THE FIVE AUTHORS

Bram Stoker, 8 November 1847

  • Dracula, adapted by David A. Hill and illustrated by Agilulfo Russo

Robert Louis Stevenson, 13 November, 1850

Louisa May Alcott, 29 November, 1832

  • Little Women, adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne and illustrated by Cecilia Tamburini

Jonathan Swift, 30 November, 1667

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Mark Twain, 30 November, 1835

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