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Reading books

Photographer: Marit Krohn Aasgård

In Norway there is a festival where reading books has been called “boking”. Or in English I guess it would be booking! In fact there is a Facebook group you can join. The challenge is to take fun pictures of people reading in unexpected situations and places.

Seems like a fun challenge. That combined with watching the TED video below. How fiction can change reality. Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture.

Lesson plan

  1. Watch video below
  2. Do the quiz
  3. Choose a novel or short story that changed you and write about it on your blog. (If you haven’t read that much perhaps it is time to find a story to read?)
  4. How many of the books and authors mentioned in the video had you heard about or read?
  5. Take a photo of a friend reading and post it on your blog!

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