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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Reader's Guide
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Humor, trouble, and adventure follow Tom Sawyer everywhere--from the banks of the Mississippi to the brink of death and back in Mark Twain's first full novel. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya - Reader's Guide
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One of the most respected works of Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya tells the story of Antonio Juan Marez y Luna, a young boy who grapples with faith, identity, and death as he comes of age in New Mexico. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder - Teacher's Guide
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Thornton Wilder is the only writer to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama. His novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and his play "Our Town" ask us to examine how we live our precarious, precious lives, whether in small-town America, eighteenth-century Peru, or anywhere else. This Big Read Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Thorton Wilders The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. Each lesson has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the book, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Call of the Wild by Jack London - Reader's Guide
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Abducted from his comfortable home and sold as a sled dog, Buck battles the elements to become leader of the pack. This story of a struggle for survival is an unforgettable adventure. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Reader's Guide
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In one of literature's most haunting denunciations of censorship, Ray Bradbury uses the materials of science fiction to tell the story of Guy Montag, a fireman forced to burn books. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - Teacher's Guide
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A story of love and pain, loyalty and desertion, Ernest Hemingway's World War I novel features the tragedy of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful nurse. This Big Read Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Ernest Hemingways classic novel, A Farewell to Arms. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Reader's Guide
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A Dust Bowl saga of the Joad family's rough passage to California and the rougher treatment they find there, John Steinbeck's novel is tragedy and comedy, story and allegory, editorial and epic. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great american author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Reader's Guide
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Told through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical masterpiece recounts Jay Gatsby's desperate quest to win back his first love as he struggles to recapture the past. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - Teacher's Guide
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A teenage outcast, a drunken socialist, a black doctor, and a sad cafe owner confess their secrets to a deaf-mute, in Carson McCullers's dramatic story of poverty and racism in a 1930s Georgia mill town. This Big Read Teacher's Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Carson McCullers's classic novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Each lesson has four sections: focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson - Reader's Guide
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When Ruth and her sister Lucille are abandoned in the isolated Idaho town of Fingerbone, their lives become intertwined with the legacy of loss that haunts the Foster family. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez - Readers Guide
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Julia Alvarez's popular novel is a fictional account influenced by the real lives of the Mirabal sisters, who grew up in the Dominican Republic and were involved in the rebellion against dictator Rafael Trujillo in the 1930s. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Into the Beautiful North by Luís Alberto Urrea - Teacher's Guide
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Filled with radiant depictions of the Mexican landscape and unforgettable characters, Luis Alberto Urrea's novel chronicles a young woman's quest to protect her hometown from banditos. This Big Read Teacher's Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North. Each lesson has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - Teacher's Guide
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In sixteen interwoven stories, Amy Tan's characters--four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters--struggle to connect despite the ghosts and secrets of the past. This Big Read Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Amy Tans classic novel, The Joy Luck Club. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - Reader's Guide
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A frustrated schoolteacher in 1940s Louisiana tries to give a condemned man back his dignity before he dies. Vivid and compassionate, this novel asks: Knowing we're going to die, how should we live? The Big Read Readerĺĺs Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich - Reader's Guide
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An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - Reader's Guide
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Detective Sam Spade becomes embroiled with a mysterious client, avenges the death of his partner, and chases a priceless treasure in this classic American private-eye novel. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
My ́ntonia by Willa Cather - Reader's Guide
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The spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family plans to farm the untamed Nebraska land. Willa Cather's tale comes to us through the eyes of Antonia's childhood friend, Jim Burden. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri  - Reader's Guide
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With penetrating insight, Jhumpa Lahiri follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
Old School by Tobias Wolff - Reader's Guide
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At a New England prep school where keeping up appearances is everything, Tobias Wolff's youthful narrator learns the painful difference between truth and fiction. The Big Read Reader's Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson - Reader's Guide
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Although virtually unknown during her life, this visionary New England poet is now praised as one of America's most original writers. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with biography, timelines, and historical information. We hope these educational materials allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American poet.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
08/05/2013