13/01/20: Unit 5: A good Read

A Good Read can make a difference in our Lives

Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture.

Have you ever thought of writing a story yourself?

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.

I hope you found both videos engaging and inspirational. Now, it is time for you to participate in our blog. Answer the questions below as detailed as possible and earn 5 bonus points on your first homework task.

What do you think?

  1. Do you have a favorite author? Why do you like his or her work?
  2. List some books you would encourage other people to read. Why would you recommend these books to others?
  3. Have you ever considered writing fiction yourself? What kind of stories would you like to write?
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