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Rozmus, Emily – Library Media Connection, 2011
What is steampunk? Most call it Victorian science fiction. Steampunk can claim such authors as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as its earliest writers. These two Victorian/Edwardian era writers created steampunk settings in books such as "The Time Machine" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth". In the 1990s, writers such as William Gibson, Bruce…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literary Genres, Literary Styles
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Salas, Rachel G. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2018
The current president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has consistently disparaged immigrants entering the U.S. but he has saved his most vitriolic language to describe undocumented immigrants who come from countries south of the U.S. border. He has called this Latinx population criminals, rapist, drug dealers, and animals among other…
Descriptors: Presidents, Immigration, Undocumented Immigrants, Hispanic Americans
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Song, H. Rosi – Hispania, 2009
Focusing on Leonardo Padura Fuentes's hard-boiled fiction, this essay traces the origin and evolution of the genre in Cuba. Padura Fuentes has challenged the officially sanctioned socialist "literatura policial" that became popular in the 1970s and 1980s. creating a new model of criticism that is not afraid to confront the island's socio-economic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Latin American Literature, Fiction, Rhetoric
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Carvalho, Luis Miguel – European Educational Research Journal, 2012
This article sets forth the main elements of the conceptual framework for the overall approach to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) taken in this special issue. PISA is here examined as a (knowledge for policy) regulatory instrument made by intertwined cognitive and social practices, and involving multidirectional flows of…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Student Evaluation, Testing Programs, Foreign Countries
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Cardow, Andrew; Smith, Robert – Industry and Higher Education, 2015
It can be difficult to interest students in academic topics if they have no prior exposure to or experience of the subject. The authors introduce and discuss a pedagogic innovation designed to trigger interest in entrepreneurship and "enterprise culture". They use fiction in the form of Gothic context and the vampire motif to move the…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Methods, Fiction
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Abate, Michelle Ann – Journal of LGBT Youth, 2015
Throughout the "Hunger Games" trilogy, the residents of the Capitol are associated with an array of physical, behavioral, and sartorial traits that have stereotypically been associated with homosexuality in general and gay men in particular. Although none of these characters is explicitly identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual,…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Social Attitudes
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Frude, Neil; Jandric, Petar – E-Learning and Digital Media, 2015
This conversation focuses on a book published in 1983 that examined "animism," the tendency to regard non-living entities as living and sentient. "The Intimate Machine" suggested that animism will be fully exploited by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, generating artefacts that will engage the user in…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Books, Interpersonal Relationship
De Nigris, Rosemarie Previti – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The hypothesis of the study was explicit gradual release of responsibility comprehension instruction (GRR) (Pearson & Gallagher, 1983; Fisher & Frey, 2008) with the researcher-created Story Grammar Code (SGC) strategy would significantly increase third graders' comprehension of narrative fiction and nonfiction text. SGC comprehension…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Story Grammar, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Higgins, Peter; Wattchow, Brian – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013
This paper focuses on an educational encounter between staff, students and the River Spey, Scotland in September 2009. The themes of water and embodied and culturally constructed ways of knowing the river were used to inform a creative non-fiction narrative that was drafted during and shortly after the journey, and was later refined. Textual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Recreational Activities, Educational Experience
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Jago, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains that plot and structure, character, setting, point of view, style and language, symbol, and theme are the building blocks of fiction. Contends that these elements of literature provide readers with the tools they need for navigating difficult texts. Concludes that when teachers determine that a novel's setting is too foreign or the point…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Fiction, Middle Schools, Reading Comprehension
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Avi – ALAN Review, 1993
Discusses issues related to the writing of novels, the construction of meaning by readers, and generally about the act of writing from the first person point of view. Outlines the elements of strong fiction. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Authors, Autobiographies, Creative Writing
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Uba, Emmanuel; Oteikwu, Emmanuel Agbo; Onwuka, Edwin; Abiodun-Eniayekan, Eugenia – SAGE Open, 2017
Graphic organizers (GOs) are fast becoming acceptable standard instructional tools across subjects in the education arena globally. However, this visual representation of information is yet to be recognized and integrated into the teaching methods in Nigerian schools. This study, therefore, presents a research-based investigation of the usefulness…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Visual Aids, Secondary School Students, English Literature
Wyatt, Neal – Library Journal, 2007
Readers often think of nonfiction as an information experience and not as a story experience, and indeed many nonfiction titles are task oriented, teaching readers how to knit or outlining the process of building a fence. But there is a huge body of nonfiction that is both informative and story-based. New nonfiction classics like Jon Krakauer's…
Descriptors: Story Grammar, Nonfiction, Story Telling, Narration
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O'Connor, Barbara – Language Arts, 2010
O'Connor, an author of realistic fiction for children, shares her attempts to strike a balance between carefree, uncensored, authentic, realistic writing and age-appropriate writing. Of course, complicating that balancing act is the fact that what seems age-appropriate to her might not seem so to everyone. O'Connor suggests that while it may be…
Descriptors: Authors, Fiction, Childrens Literature, Audience Awareness
Schulze, Patricia – 2003
The writing program described in this lesson plan guides students to plan an adventure story, write different endings to the story, and create web sites with the parts of the story hyperlinked to each other. During six to eight 50-minute lessons, students will: understand the structure of Choose Your Own Adventure stories; become familiar with the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Evaluation Methods, Fiction, Hypermedia
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