Stumbled reading/writing related sites

How the Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended.

A wonderful studying tool, the Elizabethan Authors Homepage. Lots of guys I haven’t heard of and, of necessity then, have not read.

A Shakespeare site which gives interesting and different information than the one I used for Brit Lit I. I’ll have to keep it in mind. The interesting thing I learned? The average age for marriage during the Renaissance was the middle to late 20s. Folks were way older then than my parents or R’s parents.

Vlad the Impaler offers a discussion of differences between Vlad and Dracula, among other things. If I ever teach Dracula, this would be a fun site to start with.

Very cool! A superstitions database. I like it. Wonder if I can still use this in my new and improved writing class in the fall.

Murphy’s Laws of Teaching which made me laugh.

A subject interesting to the teacher will bore students.
The time a teacher takes in explaining is inversely proportional to the information retained by students.

Students who are doing better are credited with working harder. If children start to do poorly, the teacher will be blamed.

The more studying you did for the exam, the less sure you are as to which answer they want

The book or periodical most vital to the completion of your term paper will be missing from the library.
Corollary: If it is available, the most important page will be torn out.
[Note: This is why my students need copies of all the articles or books they are going to use for their term papers. That way it won’t matter if the computer has crashed, or whatever.]

No matter how much you study for a test you will be asked a question that you don’t know.

You just finished the paper that counts as your final five minutes before class only to discover the printer is out of ink
[Exactly. That’s why I tell them not to do that.]

Reading on the Web was an interesting tidbit on how people scan rather than read and what kind of text improves their memory.

The Quotations Page opened to Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame), which made it much more interesting to me than if it had opened, for example, to Lin Yutang, who I had never heard of before. Whoever did the pages is a big Adams’ fan.

Since I said I liked the Quotations Page, Stumble sent me to Quotes on Writers and Writing. I liked it, too.

I wanted to nominate the top 10 Sci Fi stories, but apparently I couldn’t click on 10 no matter how many times I counted.

Advice to Writers by Vonnegut was very useful. Even though I am not a big Vonnegut fan, I liked this set. Maybe I should share it with my freshman comp classes.

Fairy Tales Collection. And what would happen if all your wishes came true?

Another Kurt Vonnegut on writing site. Eight rules. Here are two.

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

…Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

How odd. This, almost word for word, is a handout I give out for literary analysis. At least it is the beginning of it. I don’t remember who I got it from, but since I was using it 20 years ago, I’m sure it wasn’t this website. I wonder where they got it from?

A free ebook library. The Burgomeister “loans” you his books and you delete them when you’ve read them.

Folger’s Shakespeare Library with lesson plans for the plays!

The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies includes info for the non-specialist and teaching references, including syllabi. It has some good stuff, but some is gone and some isn’t readable on Firefox.