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

Marginalia in the 21st Century

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Before the internet and the advent of digital books, people did all of their reading in print, buying novels in hardcover, sending letters in the mail, and getting their news from actual newspapers. These days, you’re more likely to see someone reading on their phones than in print; but there’s something to be said for cracking open a good paperback. One of the great joys of having a
physical text in front of you is the ability to write in it, to take notes, underline phrases, and, like David Foster Wallace, draw a mustache and glasses on Cormac McCarthy’s author photo.  Continue reading

Owl Eyes Teacher Resources: An Annotation Lesson Plan

Owl Eyes Blog Headers (7)As Owl Eyes continues to grow and develop, I want to make sure we keep teacher support at the forefront of our efforts. One of the new things I’ve been working on with one of our excellent academic contributors is a set of lesson plans that specifically cater to the classroom functions on Owl Eyes. I am very much looking forward to releasing these for your use, and in the meantime, I thought this post would be a good place to share one of my own lesson plans for introducing students to annotating texts. Continue reading