How To Get Away With Murder, Claudius-Approved

Why would you look elsewhere for proper morals and expert life advice when you can just take inspiration from Shakespeare’s classic characters? Especially characters from his tragedies. Romantic ideals? Romeo & Juliet. Best dad ever? King Lear. Best friend you’ll ever have? Iago. Most loyal confidant? Brutus. You get the point.

And since we have so many great examples of other aspects of life, why wouldn’t we also consider how to get away with murder? Especially the murder of a king whose nosey son, and also your nephew, keeps trying to catch you in the act? Look no further than Claudius from Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Hamlet.

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6 Books to Read After You’ve Aced Your AP

Devils, Ghosts, and a Menagerie of Pets

Cramming for the AP has ended, you are well on your way to a relaxing summer, and your brain needs something fun to push that scantron form out of your head. After months of reading disembodied passages and stilted interpretations of said passages, I know I was ready to read something that would excite my imagination—something that mattered.

Here are six short stories that will get you geared up for fun summer reading. Don’t let the publication date fool you, these stories are just as clever, witty, and captivating as everything on today’s best seller list. And, if your brain has jumped off the analysis train for the summer, we have some easy-to-read annotations throughout these stories to keep you engaged!

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Get Caught Reading: Reclaiming Conversation

There I was: coffee in one hand, book in the other, minding my own business. Then, our Marketing Coordinator ambushed me about writing a post for May’s National Get Caught Reading Month. Well played, Kate.

I’m about two-thirds of the way through a fabulously informative book called Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle. Turkle’s work challenges the notion that “the more connected we are, the better off we are” by examining how technology and social websites have affected our conversations. Twitter and Facebook may appear to better connect us, but Turkle reveals what we lose when we primarily communicate across screens. Building off of the “three chairs” idea from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Reclaiming Conversation has been a rewarding read full of thought-provoking ideas that advance her panacea for the modern world: “Conversation cures.” Let’s look at a few of the highlights so far. Continue reading

5 Times Dogberry Says the EXACT OPPOSITE Thing He Means, or Why Knowing Words Matters

Shakespeare wrote a lot of crazy characters in Much Ado About Nothing, but Dogberry is just ridiculous. Just ask Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion.

Dogberry shows up at the end of Act III just when this comedy is getting a little bit too serious. So, I guess this makes him the “comic relief” of the comedy, if you will.

Ok, but did Shakespeare include Dogberry for something more than just “comic relief”?

Let’s look at what makes Dogberry so funny and hopefully decode this ridiculous Shakespearean character.

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Updates! Annotated Shakespeare and CATE

Well, 2017 is off to a running start—we can barely believe we’re already well into February! Owl Eyes continues to grow and develop thanks to feedback from our dedicated users and the hard work of our writing team. Be sure to check out some of our end-of-2016 developments if you haven’t visited us in a while. Here are some quick updates on what we’ve been doing on the website.

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Not a 1:1 Classroom? Four Ways to Still Use Owl Eyes

Working with technology in the classroom has many benefits, but it can be problematic depending on factors outside of our control. We’ve all had those days where the computer decides to indefinitely snooze or the Internet prefers to inscrutably do its own thing. Or maybe we’ve worked in schools or locations where we have limited (or no!) access to such technology. Whatever the reasons may be, Owl Eyes can still help you and your students get the most out of the literary classics. Let’s examine a few ways Owl Eyes can be useful outside of the classroom. Continue reading