February 16, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Transformation Stories and Activities for Your Teen Classes

With the growing number of performances related to Shakespeare this year, it is easy to come across A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Watching this play in my local theatre recently I inevitably started thinking about transformations in literature. I soon realized that many of my favourite … Continue reading

January 12, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Classics to read based on your YA preferences

Reading the classics and reading contemporary young adult literature are often considered to be two very different reading experiences and students who read one often miss out on the other. Good young adult fiction offers engaging plots, accessible language, familiar topics … Continue reading

September 10, 2015
by Maria Cleary
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Serialisations in the language class

What is serialisation? And why are we telling you about it? In a previous blog we defined serialised stories as ‘series’, similar to our television series today. Serialised novels typically have lots of chapters and an exciting plot with lots … Continue reading

February 12, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Let’s talk about love: 3 ideas for your English class

How do you feel about some fun literary challenges around Valentine’s Day? Your students might or might not feel comfortable enough to talk about love, but talking about fictional characters in love stories can be entertaining for teens and young … Continue reading

November 7, 2014
by Nora Nagy
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Literary Time Travel 1: Back to the 1700s with Lemuel Gulliver and Jonathan Swift

Classic novels are just that: classic. They are infused with a universal magic that allows them to resonate throughout the ages. But what if we could travel back in time to when the classics were written? What else could we … Continue reading