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Mining literature for deeper meanings - Amy E. Harter

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Writing a great English paper can be tough because literature doesn’t always reveal its deeper meanings immediately. You might not know Mr. Darcy’s true feelings for Elizabeth Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice or grasp the complex moral universe of Toni Morrison’s Beloved at first reading. Amy E. Harter offers a few tips on how to read and write more critically and thoughtfully.

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  • Educator Amy E. Harter
  • Animator Andres Bernal, Daniela Bernal, Hanna Hiroshi
  • Director David Bernal
  • Editor Gustavo Martinez, Sonia Rodriguez
  • Producer Nestor B. Macias
  • Narrator Amy E. Harter

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
For students:
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): This site has fantastic, specific advice when it comes to every aspect of writing about literature, from thesis to final product.
LitWeb: The Norton Introduction to Literature Studyspace: This electronic text explores the relationship between reading and writing, and gives comprehensive information about what it means to write about literature.
For teachers:
Universe as Text: A professional blog with more language arts teaching ideas, free classroom resources, and teaching reflections from the author of this video.

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  • Educator Amy E. Harter
  • Animator Andres Bernal, Daniela Bernal, Hanna Hiroshi
  • Director David Bernal
  • Editor Gustavo Martinez, Sonia Rodriguez
  • Producer Nestor B. Macias
  • Narrator Amy E. Harter

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