Chat & Learn: Summer of Reading

May 10, 2016
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Join KLRN for our last Chat & Learn for the 2015-2016 school year as we share a variety of free and educational resources to encourage students to continue learning and exploring over the summer vacation.

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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critically. John will argue that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. Unlike a direct communication though, the writer has to communicate with a stranger, through time and space, with only "dry dead words on a page." So how's that going to work? Find out with Crash Course Literature! Also, readers are empowered during the open letter, so that's pretty cool. The Reading List! Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Catcher in the Rye: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson: Some of these are available from as free ebooks. You should check that out. Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @thoughtbubbler @saysdanica Support CrashCourse on Patreon:

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Martha tells the story of her life in the animal shelter. Before she was adopted, Martha considered all of the possibilities--maybe she would become a police dog, or be adopted by a family in a bowling alley! Watch MARTHA SPEAKS on your local PBS station. Check local times here: Play Martha Speaks games and watch full episodes at Martha Speaks is an animated series on PBS KIDS. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, Martha's educational goal is to teach kids new words. Based on the children's book series by Susan Meddaugh and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the series stars Martha, a beloved family dog. She is accidentally fed alphabet soup — this gives her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone that will listen.

Burnham Brothers - "Reading With Feeling" Music Video (The Electric Company)

The Burnham Brothers sing about reading with feeling. Express the words you read! Click here for more music videos from The Electric Company! The Electric Company features animation, music, comedy and celebrities to show how the power of words can solve problems, especially those caused by a naughty group of neighborhood Pranksters! This TV show, online destination, and com munity outreach experience offers children a hip hop portal into the world of literacy, vocabulary, and phonics, providing an entertaining medium for exposure to crucial curriculum. Subscribe to watch more Electric Company videos! For more videos, games, and other fun go to Find out when Electric Company is on in your town:

Brian Selznick Interview - Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick Interview - Wonderstruck- A sneak peek into WONDERSTRUCK, the upcoming novel told in words and pictures by Brian Selznick, the Caldecott winning creator of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET! WONDERSTRUCK tells two independent stories set fifty years apart--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures-that weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--WONDERSTRUCK is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED | Joseph Fiennes Visits a Class on Iambic Pentameter | PBS

Watch the full-length episode at (US Only) Joseph Fiennes listens in on a Shakespeare session at a South London evening class. Bruce Wall has taught Shakespeare across the world. His students include city bankers, Broadway actors and several thousand prisoners. In this class, he’s teaching the group how to think in Iambic Pentameter, the classic five stress rhythm of Shakespearian text. For more, visit Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes airs on PBS, Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10 p.m.

Great Expectations

The openening sequence of David Lean's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

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  • KLRN

    The mission of KLRN is to enrich the lives of people throughout South Central Texas through the power of communication—providing quality programs and services that advance education, art and culture, and community.


  • Lisa McGrath

    Lisa McGrath is the Director of School Services at KLRN Public Television. She's taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, and has found her home at the station, where she implements projects that enhance both teaching and learning. Outside the office, her passion is pets--as evidenced by her furry brood of dogs and cats.

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