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Dalle Compiles Owl Anthology

August 25, 2014

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Dr. Eric Dalle ’93 likes tackling large projects. He finished his dissertation two years ago, and he was looking for something else. The project he found – creating The Owl Anthology of American Literature (University Readers, 2015) – will benefit waves of sophomores and their instructors for years to come. In consultation with fellow American […]

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Greer Honored for Creating Detective Fiction Class

February 5, 2014

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Students in Mr. Tim Greer’s Detective Fiction classes have benefitted from their teacher’s longtime fascination with Sherlock Holmes, developing critical thinking and writing skills through literature study and hands-on crime-fighting labs. His passions for sleuthing and teaching recently yielded another benefit: The Beacon Society, a New York City Sherlock Holmes literary group, honored Greer with […]

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Students Learn Bard Monologue Tips

January 31, 2014

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Slade Kyle, fight director, education manager, and resident artist for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, presented a workshop for students preparing monologues for the English-Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition. Kyle shared the secrets of decoding Shakespeare’s words, feeling the rhythm and intent of the language, and transmitting the power of the work through performance. “Your body […]

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Students Read, Write, and Win During Teen Read Week

November 19, 2013

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The Hyde Library staff hosted contests, cookie receptions, and nationally known author Mr. T.A. Barron to celebrate Teen Read Week, a yearly national observance in October to promote reading. Barron spoke at chapel November 1, signed his books, and met with about 30 students interested in writing. (See story here.) For the annual Reading Contest, […]

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Scribe to Scribes: Author T.A. Barron Meets with Aspiring Owl Writers

November 19, 2013

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After Mr. T. A. Barron collected 32 rejection letters for his first novel, he turned to business, becoming president of a venture capital company in New York City. But he couldn’t stop writing. “I would get up very early in the morning to write, duck out of dinner meetings and write, do character sketches of […]

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Pop Quiz: English Instructors Reflect on What They Do, Why They Do It

October 31, 2013

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What do you enjoy most about teaching – when do you know you have hit the mark? “Recently, a student was confused about something a character had done: ‘Wait a minute, what?’ he asked. ‘And why?’ When students ask questions like that – questions that show their interest and desire to better understand something – […]

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Read, Dig Deep, and Mind the Owl English Handbook: Looking back on their experience, students offer tips to their younger brethren on mastering English

October 31, 2013

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“Try to read as much as you can. Don’t just read to read, but read what you enjoy. After my freshman year, I stopped trying to pick books that were short and started picking books that I would enjoy – a lot of war books and sports books. I realized it was a lot easier […]

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Ripped from the Headlines: ‘Owl’s Hoot’ staff chronicles life at MUS today … and for future reference

October 31, 2013

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by Liz Copeland When members of the Class of ’62 met for their 50th anniversary luncheon last year, they gathered around vintage copies of The Owl’s Hoot, reliving their lives and times five decades past. For faculty adviser Mr. Norman Thompson and the students who toil to produce the newspaper a half-dozen times each year, […]

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Word Play: An Athlete Learns Perseverance Pays … in Literature, Grammar, and Composition

October 31, 2013

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by Liz Copeland When pitcher/quarterback Jordan Rodgers ’13, arrived at MUS in ninth grade, he thought he had met his match. It was not on the baseball diamond or the football gridiron. It was in English class. “The first couple weeks were kind of shocking, but my parents told me to hang in there,” Rodgers, […]

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Forensic Fiction: An English Class … with a Plot Twist

October 29, 2013

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  by Andrew Millen ’08 A money pouch went missing from the Dunavant Upper School classroom 115, and the thief was nowhere to be found. He left behind just one undeniable clue – his scent. Isabella, a 1-year-old bloodhound, picked up the scent and followed it to a holly bush behind the Sue H. Hyde […]

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