Opening Doors to Quality Writing 10 13

This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 10 to 13, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process.

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781785831263

Category: Education

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In Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose, Bob Cox introduced teachers to engaging strategies which use literary heritage texts as the stimulus for excellent learning. This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 10 to 13, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing – developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process. In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the ‘opening doors’ strategies told Bob they led to: more teacher empowerment and confidence; more knowledge building for pupils and teachers; a growing confidence with literature, including poetry; planning from the top becoming a norm; planning for mastery learning becoming a norm; improved comprehension skills; improved quality writing and associated excitement. They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige. These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers’ works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice. Units include: Part 1: Opening doors to prose 1. Night Encounter – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 2. Spooky Scientists! – The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards 3. The Strongest Looking Brute in Alaska – That Spot by Jack London 4. Mr Knickerbocker’s Notes – Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving 5. The Portrait of Doom – Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy 6. The Hell Hound – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 7. Sinister Spaces – Metamorphosis and The Castle by Franz Kafka 8. The Mirror and the Window – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Part 2: Opening doors to poetry 9. All in This House is Mossing Over – From ‘Mementos’ by Charlotte Brontë 10. Dancing the Skies – ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee, Jr 11. The Mystery of the Lonely Merman – ‘The Forsaken Merman’ by Matthew Arnold 12. Making Magic Talk – ‘The Magnifying Glass’ by Walter de la Mare 13. The Spirit in the Garden – ‘A Garden at Night’ by James Reeves 14. A Shropshire Lad – ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by A. E. Housman 15. The Silver Heel – ‘I Started Early – Took My Dog’ by Emily Dickinson

Opening Doors to Quality Writing 6 9

This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 6 to 9, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process.

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781785831232

Category: Education

Page: 300

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In Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose, Bob Cox introduced teachers to engaging strategies which use literary heritage texts as the stimulus for excellent learning. This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 6 to 9, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing – developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process. In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the ‘opening doors’ strategies told Bob they led to: more teacher empowerment and confidence; more knowledge building for pupils and teachers; a growing confidence with literature, including poetry; planning from the top becoming a norm; planning for mastery learning becoming a norm; improved comprehension skills; improved quality writing and associated excitement. They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which pupils of all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige. These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers’ works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice. Units include: Part 1: Opening doors to poetry 1. His Waistcoat and Trousers Were Made of Pork Chops – ‘The New Vestments’ by Edward Lear 2. Prefabulous Animiles – ‘The Hippocrump’ by James Reeves 3. Slowly the Tide Creeps Up the Sand – ‘Slowly’ by James Reeves 4. Colour Your World – ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti 5. The Nymph and the Goblin – ‘Overheard on a Saltmarsh’ by Harold Monro 6. Pictures in My Head – ‘A Child’s Thought’ by Robert Louis Stevenson 7. He’s Behind You! – ‘The Elf Singing’ by William Allingham 8. The Sounds of Silence – ‘Lonely Street’ by Francisco López Merino 9. Pond Dipping – ‘Daddy Fell into the Pond’ by Alfred Noyes Part 2: Opening doors to prose 10. The Making of World-pap – The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby by Charles 11. Master No-book and the Fairy Teach-all – Uncle David’s Nonsensical Story about Giants and Fairies by Catherine Sinclair 12. Turning the Key – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. The Old Oak Chest – The Riddle by Walter de la Mare 14. The Winking Scarecrow – The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 15. The Psammead – Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose

Visuals and innovative ideas to help pupils' access the meaning and wonder of the text which will add to the appeal.

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 9781845909208

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Opening Doors provides 20 units of work which includes poetry and prose from our literary heritage. Each unit of work has exciting stimulus material with creative suggestions for ways in which the material can be used for outstanding learning possibilities. Visuals and innovative ideas to help pupils' access the meaning and wonder of the text which will add to the appeal. Pupils are encouraged, throughout the units of work, to engage with language, invent questions and write with flair and accuracy, bringing literature from the past alive for them and opening doors to further reading and exploration. Also included is an introduction to the concepts used in the book and suggestions about a range of methods and pathways which can lead to language development and literary appreciation. Although the units are all different and have a range of poetry and prose for teachers to use, each unit will have some common sections to give a coherent and ambitious approach. Opening Doors both informs and excites, it gives fresh resources and suggests new ways of going on the journey to outstanding literacy achievement. For 7-11 year olds.

Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum for Ages 10 to 13 Opening Doors series

The book includes a great range of texts both as the core of each unit and as link reading, incorporating some contemporary texts to show how past and present co-exist - and how various literary styles can be taught using similar principles ...

Author: Verity Jones

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781785834516

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum for Ages 10 to 13 takes Bob Cox's award-winning 'Opening Doors' series into bold new territories, providing a treasury of techniques and strategies all carefully selected to support the design of a deeper, more creative and more expansive curriculum. Together with Leah Crawford and Verity Jones, Bob has compiled this rich resource to help teachers enhance their learners' engagement with challenging texts and develop their writing skills as budding wordsmiths. It includes 15 ready-to-use units of work covering a range of inspiring poetry and prose from across the literary tradition, complete with vivid illustrations by Victoria Cox. Bob, Leah and Verity's innovative ideas on theory, best practice and how to cultivate a pioneering classroom spirit are all integrated into the lesson suggestions, which have been designed for both the teacher's and the learners' immediate benefit. Together they empower teachers to explore with their learners the scope and depth of literature capable of inspiring high standards and instilling a love of language in its many forms. Furthermore, they help teachers to lay down intricate curricular pathways that will prompt their pupils to better enjoy literature, read and analyse texts with a greater sense of curiosity, and write with more originality. The book includes a great range of texts both as the core of each unit and as link reading, incorporating some contemporary texts to show how past and present co-exist - and how various literary styles can be taught using similar principles, all of which are open to further adaptation. The authors have also suggested key concepts around which the curriculum can be built, with the units providing examples with which you can work. All of the extracts and illustrations you will need in order to begin opening doors in your classroom are downloadable, and the book also includes a helpful glossary of key terms.

Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum for Ages 6 to 9 Opening Doors series

The book includes a great range of texts both as the core of each unit and as link reading, incorporating some contemporary texts to show how past and present co-exist and how various literary styles can be taught using similar principles, ...

Author: Verity Jones

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781785834615

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Opening Doors to a Richer English Curriculum for Ages 6 to 9 takes Bob Cox's award-winning 'Opening Doors' series into bold new territories, providing a treasury of techniques and strategies all carefully selected to support the design of a deeper, more creative and more expansive curriculum. Together with Leah Crawford and Verity Jones, Bob has compiled this rich resource to help teachers enhance their learners' engagement with challenging texts and develop their writing skills as budding wordsmiths. It includes 15 ready-to-use units of work covering a range of inspiring poetry and prose from across the literary tradition, complete with vivid illustrations by Victoria Cox. Bob, Leah and Verity's innovative ideas on theory, best practice and how to cultivate a pioneering classroom spirit are all integrated into the lesson suggestions, which have been designed for both the teacher's and the learners' immediate benefit. Together they empower teachers to explore with their learners the scope and depth of literature capable of inspiring high standards and instilling a love of language in its many forms. Furthermore, they help teachers to lay down intricate curricular pathways that will prompt their pupils to better enjoy literature, read and analyse texts with a greater sense of curiosity, and write with more originality. The book includes a great range of texts both as the core of each unit and as link reading, incorporating some contemporary texts to show how past and present co-exist and how various literary styles can be taught using similar principles, all of which are open to further adaptation. The authors have also suggested key concepts around which the curriculum can be built, with the units providing examples with which you can work. All of the extracts and illustrations you will need in order to begin opening doors in your classroom are downloadable, and the book also includes a helpful glossary of key terms.

Opening Doors to Reading

Use clear handwriting so your editor and I can easily read the rough draft. ♢ Check for quality writing in BOTH paragraphs. Adult editor signature READING ...

Author: Dee L. Fabry

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563087752

Category: Education

Page: 282

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A complete teaching package, the STARR curriculum (speaking, technology use, analysis, and reading through research) has everything from initial planning strategies to final implementation procedures.

A Good Education

Such methods have gained wide support through the work of Bob Cox,2 whose prize-winning books Opening Doors to Quality Writing provide innovative approaches ...

Author: Margaret White

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351270113

Category: Education

Page: 258

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This book provides an answer to one of the key questions of our time: namely, what constitutes a good education. Presenting a ‘four-dimensional’ model, it directly considers the essential elements a good education should include. Through forging this framework and outlaying its origins, implications and practice, the book explains how a good contemporary education can be defined and implemented. From the premise that such educational essentials are neither the preserve of the elite nor a minimum standard, White's exploration keeps the child at the heart of the discussion, focusing on every pupil's worth, identity, interactions and development. The author offers a detailed and rigorous perspective reflecting on extensive professional experience, starting with a consideration of the current educational climate and progressing through the book's three parts: looking for a good education creating a model of good education applications, implications and implementation of the model. A Good Education recognises the transformative power of education and reflects on the importance of human factors: teachers' provision for their pupils and students' ability to flourish. This book is addressed to those actively engaged in or concerned about educational provision: graduates entering teaching, school leaders, policy-makers and parents. It also speaks more broadly to all those who know that a good education really matters.

The Best of Corwin Differentiated Instruction in Literacy Math and Science

The ability to produce quality writing opens doors to many opportunities for enriching experiences. In addition to being a very important tool for learning ...

Author: Leslie Laud

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452299198

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Content-specific DI guidance from the best minds in education In this collection, current research on the most effective differentiation practices for differentiating instruction in literacy, mathematics, and scienceis brought alive through the many strategies and examples. Topics covered include: Reading and writing: A comprehensive array of models for differentiating reading instruction; gradual release of responsibility to accelerate progress; and multi-tiered writing instruction Mathematics: Support for both low- and high-achieving students, including interventions and challenges, and the implementation of RTI in math instruction Science: Models and methods for increasing student achievement through differentiated science inquiry

Opening Doors and Windows

'I have to tell you,' she said, 'that in the re-writing you have lost the quality the book once had and that made it special.' This was indeed a blow but as ...

Author: James Roose-Evans

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752472348

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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James Roose-Evans' list of accomplishments is formidable. Fifty years ago, he founded the Hampstead Theatre. He has written seventeen books, including the best-selling 'Inner Journey: Outer Journey' and 'Experimental Theatre', and has directed countless plays, including the award-winning adaptation of '84 Charing Cross Road'. He is a non-stipendiary Anglican priest, founded the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit and continues to lead meditation, ritual and theatre master-classes today. His recollections, gathered together here, reveal an array of celebrated actors and writers who were bot5h mentors and friends, including Martha Graham, Sir John Gielgud, Robert Frost and Tennessee Williams. Beyond the anecdotes, lies a memoir which weaves together the strands of a rich, multifaceted, dynamic personality, from an anguished and extraordinary childhood to a fulfilled older age. 'Opening Doors and Windows' is a fresh and absorbing story of a continuous search for answers, a constantly colourful, entertaining and moving account of a many-sided life and what the author stands for. It will captivate and interest readers from all walks of life; and, above all, it will inspire them.

Opening Doors Life and Work of Joseph Schumpeter

at his writing . Since the original book had been published many years earlier , many journals did not review it , but those that did reviewed it favorably ...

Author: Robert Loring Allen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351501521

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

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"The author puts this book in the best possible context by referring to the ""magisterial and paradoxical Dr. Schumpeter"". A figure in a rare class with John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich von Hayek, and Alfred Marshall, the work of Joseph Schumpeter is equalled only in monumental significance by his personal trials and tribulations. The work is divided into two volumes - the first covering his career in Europe and the second his life and achievements in America.Walt Rostow, in his Foreword, sums up Robert Loring Allen's achievement in biography and intellectual history thus: ""In dealing with Schumpeter's life, Allen exhibits a rare consciousness of the extraordinary complexity and only limited penetrability of the human personality Schumpeter's closely interwoven personal and professional life unfolds, Allen develops without dogmatism a pattern of linkages for the reader to contemplate. In a splendid final passage, he provides a memorable summation.""What makes this enormous effort so successful is the linkage of the personal and the professional, the biographical with the intellectual. Indeed, it is Schumpeter's single-minded determination to explain within a single, formal theory, the dynamics of capitalism that bridges the gap in space, time, and personality. To his books The Theory of Economic Development, and Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, both published by Transaction, is now added the specific contexts in which these and his other works were written.The author of this biography, like the subject himself, is a masterful student of the craft of economics, and its place within the larger social science contexts that Schumpeter worked. In this work, we are introduced into the main current of European and American social science alike. The title of the book, Opening Doors, derives from Schumpeter's life long aim to appeal to inquiring minds to move through such doors in an effort to create the social science of the"

WAC and Second Language Writers

While writing this chapter, I left Bridgewater State University to become a ... “WAC: Closing doors or opening doors for second language writers?

Author: Terry Myers Zawacki

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602355057

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 492

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Editors and contributors pursue the ambitious goal of including within WAC theory, research, and practice the differing perspectives, educational experiences, and voices of second-language writers. The chapters within this collection not only report new research but also share a wealth of pedagogical, curricular, and programmatic practices relevant to second-language writers. Representing a range of institutional perspectives—including those of students and faculty at public universities, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and English-language schools—and a diverse set of geographical and cultural contexts, the editors and contributors report on work taking place in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

I d Rather be Right Than Happy

The Quality of your life is when all things are balanced and you enjoy the ... Writing this statement “ Opened doors in my head " brings back a memory .

Author: Theresa M. Benjamin

Publisher: Coda Publications

ISBN: 0910390665

Category: Psychology

Page: 247

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Opening Doors Life and Work of Joseph Schumpeter

Yet, here he was writing about fiscal and monetary policy in the Weimar Republic. ... and scientific work he could do and affected the quality of his work.

Author: Irving Horowitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351501545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

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"The author puts this book in the best possible context by referring to the ""magisterial and paradoxical Dr. Schumpeter"". A figure in a rare class with John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich von Hayek, and Alfred Marshall, the work of Joseph Schumpeter is equalled only in monumental significance by his personal trials and tribulations. The work is divided into two volumes - the first covering his career in Europe and the second his life and achievements in America.Walt Rostow, in his Foreword, sums up Robert Loring Allen's achievement in biography and intellectual history thus: ""In dealing with Schumpeter's life, Allen exhibits a rare consciousness of the extraordinary complexity and only limited penetrability of the human personality Schumpeter's closely interwoven personal and professional life unfolds, Allen develops without dogmatism a pattern of linkages for the reader to contemplate. In a splendid final passage, he provides a memorable summation.""What makes this enormous effort so successful is the linkage of the personal and the professional, the biographical with the intellectual. Indeed, it is Schumpeter's single-minded determination to explain within a single, formal theory, the dynamics of capitalism that bridges the gap in space, time, and personality. To his books The Theory of Economic Development, and Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, both published by Transaction, is now added the specific contexts in which these and his other works were written.The author of this biography, like the subject himself, is a masterful student of the craft of economics, and its place within the larger social science contexts that Schumpeter worked. In this work, we are introduced into the main current of European and American social science alike. The title of the book, Opening Doors, derives from Schumpeter's life long aim to appeal to inquiring minds to move through such doors in an effort to create the social science of the"

Beyond the Corporate University

Reading opens doors, but writing turns on the lights." To understand the roles that time might play in turning on those lights, I asked students to describe ...

Author: Henry A. Giroux

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742510484

Category: Education

Page: 350

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Prominent scholars in this book move boldly beyond critique to show how and why the critical functions of a democratically informed civic education (not merely professional training) must become the core of the university's mission. They show why higher education must address what it means to relate knowledge to public life, and social responsibility to the demands of critical citizenship. Moreover, they show why democratic forms of education and various elements of a critical pedagogy are vital not only to individual students, but also to our economy and our democratic institutions and future leadership. Visit our website for sample chapters!

The Perfect Norm

Since freshmen in college are not far removed in age or writing experience from ... speaking well opens doors for our students, and the failure to exhibit ...

Author: Sandra Vavra

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781607522041

Category: Education

Page: 169

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Our goal in writing this book was to validate teachers for strong efforts in their life’s work. We often observe teachers’ frustrations with what they perceive to be a multitude of different “hot topics” in education that they must attend to now, but which they expect to come and go, like the last “hot topics.” So, we wanted to help readers see similarities between many of these “hot topics”—differentiation, multiple intelligences, culturally responsive teaching, “brain-friendly” strategies, authentic assessment, and ethical classroom management—which we feel are not “flashes in the pan.” And we trust that serious practitioners will not oversimplify the findings of neuroscientists and their application to education. Reading studies and books by scientists, a number of which are user-friendly, can help ensure that teachers separate the hype from credible information. We have seen this professionally judicious approach in the work of graduate students (Kolinski, 2007) in adopting “brain-friendly” strategies. We have intentionally packed both theoretical/research-based and practical information in this book because professional educators want to know why they should use certain approaches, models, and strategies. In turn, as professionals, we should be able to explain why we teach the way we do–not to justify, but to educate others about our knowledge-based, reflective, decision-making processes and the impact on student learning. Thus, it is important to read Chapter 1 because it lays a foundation. Each succeeding chapter (2–6) has unique and compelling twists and turns—chock full of ideas to use or to adapt. It is possible to gain lots of ideas, processes, and strategies from reading and implementing (or adapting) even one of the unit chapters, or a part of it. While some of the units are explicitly about literacy, others focus on content using reading, writing, speaking, and listening as critical in the learning process. Thus, literacy skills are reinforced and strengthened. Additionally, some of our colleagues and public school partners have given us feedback that they wanted to implement some of the units and activities themselves. So, feel free to use this book for self-exploration and professional development.

Writing for Money in Mental Health

Poor transmission quality for attachments . ... Quality of attachments lost . ... opening doors for nonjournalists and nontraditional scriptdoctors .

Author: Douglas H. Ruben

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0789001012

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

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Offering a simple-to-follow roadmap for scholars, practitioners, and journalists seeking payable markets for their works, Writing for Money in Mental Health is your authoritative guide to the inner circle of writing for dollars on mental health topics. For psychiatrists; psychologists; occupational, physical, and vocational therapists; allied health practitioners; and journalists specializing in mental health topics, this book guides you through the obstacles of choosing topics, locating suitable placements, meeting submission criteria, and facing the fear of rejection. The book's focus on how to write stimulating articles and book proposals, translate technical jargon into plain English, and stay up to date with insider tips will help you supplement your paycheck in a time of shrinking referrals, clients, and opportunities for income. As the first complete handbook for aspiring professionals seeking consumer and commercial outlets for their writing, Writing for Money in Mental Health describes proven strategies for low and high profit results in scripting mental health ideas without painstaking effort. You'll use this handy guide to discover: how to write for money instead of pure scholarship how to alter your style for the consumable public market new markets in multimedia typically overlooked in mental health writing nontraditional paths to publication how easy writing for the public can be--especially for money Along with inspirational instruction and invaluable trade secrets at the heart of manuscripts sales, each chapter provides you with a detailed list of resources. These annotated entries, culled from questionnaires returned from editors, publishers, and other media personnel, list key editorial data on magazines, book publishers, and other multimedia purchasers open to submissions in the mental health field whose products are for tabloid or mass appeal.

Opening Doors

xvi 1 “pAinTing WiTH DOOrs” FIg. ... more important, helped me strengthen the quality of the book enormously and eliminate some appalling errors in the text ...

Author: Lynn F. Jacobs

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271048406

Category: Art

Page: 357

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"A study of Netherlandish triptychs from the early fifteenth century through the early seventeenth century, covering works by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes, Hieronymus Bosch, and Peter Paul Rubens. Explores how the triptych format structures and generates meaning"--Provided by publisher.

Opening Doors to the Future

Yet this man who has made writing both his profession and his pleasure says that his choice of vocation did not come easily.

Author: Phillip Hughes

Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

ISBN: 9780864317018

Category: Education

Page: 157

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The author recounts the experiences of several well known Australians with their teachers.

Native in a Strange Land

And when the Writers Guild of America , west , opened its doors to ... A tumultuous private life precluded stability and restricted quality writing time .

Author: Wanda Coleman

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 1574230220

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 292

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In this substantial selection of her occasional journalism, poet Wanda Coleman has judiciously reshaped articles, essays, interviews and columns written over three decades (for, among other places, the Los Angeles Times. L.A. Weekly and The Free Press) into a nearly-seamless personal narrative: "a tour through the restless emotional topography of Los Angeles as glimpsed through the scattered fragments of my living memory".

Wit and the Writing of History

... issues and was “ that quality in discourse by which the speaker or writer ... wandering in bewilderment through the palace opening doors on silent and ...

Author: Paul Plass

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299118045

Category: History

Page: 182

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Wit has many uses in political discourse—to entertain, to underscore or unmask, to hinder or enhance insight. Wit and the Writing of History focuses on how this potential is realized in the historiography of the earlier Principate. Preeminently in Tacitus, to a lesser degree in Suetonius and Dio Cassius, wit is a vehicle for political understanding and judgment of the historical account. As part of Roman political life, hostile anecdotal or epigrammatic wit was deeply embedded in the sources used by historians and is reflected in the rhetoric of their narratives. Some anecdotes may, in fact, have been mere jests later taken as fact, hence the frequent problem of credulity. But what is historically false can be politically true. Not only were political jokes a weapon for making some fair points against the Principate; ancient rhetorical theory recognized that wit in general arises from a violation of normal, expected ways of thinking. What is “funny” is thus disturbing in a serious way as well as amusing, and in the hands of Tacitus wit becomes scalpel as well as sword.