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Questions 509: Slavery and Characterization

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Robert asks: As a follow up to ep 499 – How would being a slave shape a character’s personality?

Resources mentioned

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Gulag Archipeligo by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
David Hume: The Essential Philosophical Works
Two Treatises of Government, John Locke
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

Question 328: Creativity and Cultural Appropriation

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Tarquin asks: “Everyone is talking about cultural appropriation. What’s the deal?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mikado
Soviet War Crimes
Pol Pot
Great Leap Forward
Nazi extermination camps
Rape of Nanking
Unit 731
Native Americans in the United States

Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?

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Charles asks:
“I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this?

Resources:
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 209: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 3)

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In this third installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I respect subculture grammar while teaching best practices in word choice and writing?”