Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in a 17th century house in Chawton, England, now the Jane Austen House Museum. Louise West, Collections and Education Manager at the Museum, takes us inside Austen’s home and world. … Continue reading

Using popular culture texts in the classroom offers students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skills and to engage in meaningful literary practices. The Character Trading Cards tool allows students to create their own character cards, which … Continue reading

William Shakespeare was one smart guy, no doubt about it. He had a way with words, a flair for formulating a phrase, an aptitude for inventiveness. In fact, it is estimated that he coined more than 2000 words and phrases, … Continue reading

One of the most spectacular finds in Israel’s Cave of Letters, as reported in Nova’s “Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land,” was a packet of personal documents that belonged to a young Jewish woman named Babatha. Probably born around A.D. … Continue reading

From the time of the earliest European colonists, the English language — as spoken in North America — has been constantly growing and changing. The New England colonists of the 1620s used many words and phrases largely forgotten or unfamiliar … Continue reading

One of the most beloved books of all time, The Wind in the Willows has been a favorite of all ages since it was first published in 1908. This scene introduces the Mole and the Water Rat and the setting … Continue reading

All writing assignments require the writer to make decisions about what to include and what to leave out. The task seems especially daunting with biographies and autobiographies, when the author is trying to summarize an entire life. The Bio Cube … Continue reading

We know that Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore during the early part of the 1830s. But what kind of a place was Baltimore then? Produced by MPT/Knowing Poe.

A guide to the players of Dracula. Produced by WGBH/Masterpiece.

The Literary Timeline presents a broad overview of the concurrent lifetimes of major authors during the two hundred year period between 1800 and 2000. The Timeline is really three timelines, individually selectable, which organize authors according to nationality. As you … Continue reading

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