Another Favorite Author
Recently I decided to begin a weekly feature wherein I wrote a short post about blog or website that I particularly enjoy or find useful. This week’s post is the second in that series.
I chose the website of another favorite author, Orson Scott Card, as this week’s link. I decided to focus on Card’s website because of a recent incident involving a who read from Card’s most famous book Ender’s Game being put on leave because a parent said it was pornographic. So, in response to what I consider the most ridiculous piece of news in awhile, this week’s link is for:
Hatrack River The Official Web Site of Orson Scott Card.
I became an instant fan of Card the first time I read Ender’s Game. I went on to red the sequels and the companion Shadow series; all of which served to solidify my status as a Card fan. For several years I have had my students read Ender’s Game and it may be the book they have enjoyed the most. It is a rarity for any of the students I have taught to say they did not enjoy the book. Many of them go on to read the other Ender books on their own. I can’t think of any other book I have ever used that fosters such interest or engagement.
I first ran across Card’s website when I began using the novel in class, and I also became an instant fan of it. While the bulk of the site is devoted to Card’s books, there is a section devoted to recent articles he has written as well as another section of research materials for students and teachers. The research section is what makes this site really stand out for me and I always recommend it to students who sometimes decide to write about Card or Ender’s Game for an assignment.
So, from a teacher’s standpoint it was an easy decision to make Hatrack River this week’s link. You should check it out sometime–it is worthy of a visit–or several.
Have you used any of Card’s book’s in your classroom? Which of Card’s books have you read? What is your favorite?
- A South Carolina Teacher’s Been Suspended for Reading ‘Ender’s Game’ to His Class (thinkprogress.org)
- Ender’s game and Ender’s shadow- Orson Scott Card (improbablemadepossible.wordpress.com)
- An Update on the Teacher Suspended for Reading from “Pornographic” Ender’s Game [Holy Crap Wtf] (io9.com)
- ‘Ender’s Game’: Who else is ridiculously excited? (popwatch.ew.com)
- Ender’s Game – Review (danielhynes.net)