Jennifer Epping

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Real to Reel: Dystopian Societies

Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ have taken over much of the television industry by taking popular and enticing books or comics and creating a TV series counterpart. This allows writers and directors to focus on details deeper than a single two-hour movie and create more complex character arches. The...

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Real to Reel: Textual Evidence

Code-switching is changing something about yourself to fit a certain situation or audience. The way you might talk to your friends versus talking to your parents by using two different tones of voice is an example of code-switching. People code-switch to make tone, wording, and appearance fit the...

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Real to Reel: Point of View

In the majority of books, the narrator is human and alive, but in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the narrator is Death. Yes, Death with a capital D. As the story is told, the reader is immersed in a point of view that is unimaginable—the one who decides when everyone dies. Creepy, right?

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Real to Reel: Our Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptations

For book lovers, it’s nothing new to read a good book and seek out the movie rendition, but for students, many seek out movies or TV shows and then might pick up a book to continue the adventure. Fluent readers can essentially picture a movie playing in their heads as they read a book, but for less...

Text: Celebrating Pride Month 2021, Download Lesson; Image: Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag book coverCheckout our lesson from contributor Jennifer Dryden on gender and identity using an excerpt from Alok Vaid-Menon's book Beyond the Gender Binary.

Pride Mini Lesson: History of the Pride Flag

We all know the rainbow flag stands for the LGBTQIA+ community and it stands for pride, but did you know that each color has a meaning? Or that there’s a new blanket pride flag that was recently created and has taken over the original rainbow flag? It’s true! 

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Pride Mini Lesson: These Witches Don't Burn

The 2015 legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. has given book, television, and movie writers encouragement to incorporate queer characters into their works. Even though the queer community still has a long way to go for equal rights under the law, creative writers have mostly stepped up to...

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Pride Mini Lesson: One Life

Megan Rapinoe is a well-known women’s soccer player who has helped the U.S. women’s team win two World Cups, won an Olympic gold medal, and constantly uses her platform to advocate for equality. Rapinoe also identifies as a lesbian and is currently engaged to WNBA player Sue Bird. Can you say...

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Pride Month: More than Rainbows

Rainbow flags fly, the face tattoos are at Target, and every brand around has brightly colored versions of their products. Oreo, Nike, and Disney go rainbow, while Skittles goes colorless in solidarity for Pride Month.