Strange Bedfellows by Carol Miller. Surprising Text Pairs and Lessons
Strange Bedfellows
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Strange Bedfellows

Surprising Text Pairs and Lessons for Reading and Writing Across Genres

By Carol Miller
Foreword by Jim Burke

Carole Miller pairs short pieces by famous writers and speakers for side-by-side discussion, and frames these pairs in lessons that help students meet a variety of curricular goals. With Strange Bedfellows it’s never been easier to find high-quality instruction that engages students with top-notch, real-world texts.

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Carol Rawlings Miller leads us—and in turn our students—into urgent conversations that have become all too scarce in many classrooms in recent years, places where the curriculum has become all too safe, too plain. When she pairs Martin Luther King and Shakespeare, there is a resounding cymbal crash in the head, as there is when Miller serves up speeches by Susan Sontag and George W. Bush. A stranger set of bedfellows has not been seen in some time…. Miller has created a course of study that will bring back to the classroom something of the fire it once had but which recent movements have dampened.
—Jim Burke
Author of The English Teacher’s Companion, Third Edition
 
What do Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama have in common? When it comes to helping students become savvy about genre, rhetoric, and language: everything. In Strange Bedfellows Carol Rawlings Miller pairs short pieces by famous writers and speakers for side-by-side discussion and frames these pairs in lessons that help students meet a variety of curricular goals.
 
With Strange Bedfellows your students will study the traits of effective writing and persuasion. They’ll also sharpen their critical-reading skills through exposure to a variety of texts and authors:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare
  • Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • George W. Bush and Susan Sontag
  • Jonathan Swift and Leonard Lewin
  • Joseph Mitchell and Orhan Pamuk.

Miller saves you hours of prep time. She’s built ready-to-use, discussion-based lessons around each literary odd couple that help students think critically and find solid approaches to more complicated texts. In each lesson you’ll find that:

  • Every text is line-numbered for easy reference during discussion.
  • Key definitions and contextual notes at point of use support deeper understanding.
  • Discussion points, questions for readers, and writing activities accompany each lesson.
  • Blackline masters of all texts and student forms are in the book.  
From the Bard to Barack. From the Maginot Line to the World Trade Center. With Strange Bedfellows it’s never been easier to find high-quality instruction that engages students with top-notch, real-world texts.

Contents

 

I. PERSUASION POLITICS

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream”

William Shakespeare “St. Crispin’s Day Speech,” Henry V

 

Barack Obama Keynote Address at the Democratic Convention 2004

Arnold Schwarzenegger Keynote Address at the Republican Convention 2004

 

Olympe de Gouges The Rights of Women

Sojourner Truth “Ain’t I a Woman?”

 

II. WARTIME

President George W. Bush

Presidential Remarks, Barksdale Air Force Base

Presidential Address to the Nation

 

Susan Sontag Comment, The New Yorker

Melissa Byles “Open Letter to Susan Sontag”

 

Wilfred Owen “Dulce et Decorum Est”

Erich Maria Remarque Excerpt from the novel All Quiet on the Western Front

 

III. SATIRIC PENS

Jonathan Swift “A Modest Proposal”

Leonard Lewin Excerpt from the book The Report from Iron Mountain

 

Unsigned Articles from The Onion

“Talking to Your Child About the WTC Attack”

“More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed with Youthful Tendency Disorder”

 

Ira C. Herbert of Coca-Cola “Dear Grove Press”

Richard Seaver of Grove Press “Dear Coca-Cola”

 

IV. TEXT TALK

Rudyard Kipling “The White Man’s Burden”

H. T. Johnson “The Black Man’s Burden”

 

Neil Young “Alabama”

Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama”

Warren Zevon “Play It All Night Long”

 

Clive James “The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered”

Anne Lamott “Jealousy,” Excerpt from the book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

 

V. IDENTITY:LITTLE HISTORIES

Orhan Pamuk “My Grandmother,” Excerpt from the book Istanbul: Memories and the City

Joseph Mitchell “The Old House at Home,” Excerpt from the book Up in the Old Hotel

 

Richard Rodriguez “Aria” from the book Hunger for Memory

Amy Tan “Mother Tongue”

 

VI. SICK DAYS

Scott Russell Sanders “Under the Influence”

Anonymous “Alcoholism”

 

Seneca “Asthma”

Joan Didion “In Bed,” Excerpt from the book The White Album

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