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  1. Chaleygirl says:

    Fortunately, I stumbled upon your website last night as I was researching DEAD POETS SOCIETY, a movie I have shown all of my students for the past 16 or 17 years. I still aspire to be like Mr. Keating! After 41 years of teaching, I retired in May because of the ridiculous, merciless browbeating of administrators and legislators in the state of MS. Praise the Lord! A local private, Christian school called to ask me if I would teach one class of speech a day. Happily, I said I’d be delighted, even though literature is “my baby.” Can you steer me towards any good ways of teaching speech? I want my students to have my opportunities to speak in class, but I don’t want to bore them with gobs of notes on pronunciationm, articulation, correct breathing techniques, etc. I want them to find joy in the spoken word as I see joy in literary works. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for caring so much that you do all of this. I’m so delighted to have find you! Chaleygirl

  2. Nick says:

    Congratulations on the new position. Thanks for the great question. I wanted to give you as complete an answer as I could, so I wrote a new post called Resources for Teaching Public Speaking. I hope it helps you.

  3. I have just finished The Sillmarillion of Tolkien. I found your list and am planning to read it. Why are none of the later History of Middle Earth volumes sited? Just wanted to know for personal reference. Thanks,

  4. Correction in sentence two, I am planning on using it to structure my future Tolkien reading.

  5. Nick says:

    Chris: I’m not as familiar with the later History of Middle Earth volumes, but my impression of them is that they are mostly first drafts that got changed, rather than parts of the story that got left out (with the exception of “The Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings”). I’ll have to review them to see if there’s anything I could add to the list. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

  6. Allison says:

    Nick –
    I recently stumbled across your Dead Poets Society teaching unit online…it is AWESOME and saves me a great deal of time! I see that you have broken the movie into 4 parts, but then only have a viewing guide for parts I and II. Do you happen to have a viewing guide for parts III and IV? Just thought I would ask before I make one up.


  7. Nick says:

    Thanks, Allison. I was actually contacted by another teacher, Carly Palacios, who wanted to finish it. Here is a link to her finished unit.

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