William Tarvin

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William Tarvin
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"No 'particle of love' ever dies . . . dissolves into nothingness" from William Tarvin's novel "The Mysterious Plus."
 
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By William Tarvin
An analysis of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” that is designed to provide your students with a stylistic and thematic overview of the very long poem, not a close explication of it. Aspects of style discussed are the metrics of the poem, its use of
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English, Literature
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11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
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3.6
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By William Tarvin
Lawrence’s story is perfect for high-school and college students because its conflict is one which they are beginning to wrestle with, money vs. love. My handout on “The Rocking-Horse Winner” examines why a Biblical passage dictates that the name
Subjects:
Literature, English
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of Eudora Welty’s short story, “A Worn Path,” including the following: its plot; the natural and personal obstacles which old Phoenix Jackson faces; why she is making this perilous trip; the setting of the story; its point of
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$5.00
10 ratings
3.8
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By William Tarvin
An analysis of T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” one of the seminal poems in modern literature. Through this handout your students will explore the themes, structure, characters, color and animal imagery, irony, and biblical and
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of Thoreau’s most famous essay, usually titled “Civil Disobedience,” but more correctly titled “Resistance to Civil Government.” (Ironically the term “civil disobedience” is never used in this essay and furthermore never appears
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$6.00
6 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
My university students have found very helpful this introductory overview lecture/handout about the major themes in American literature. It may prove valuable to you by providing some ideas which you might wish to incorporate in any survey lecture
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English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts
$4.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
While an overview of "Paradise Lost," its epic conventions, theology, and stylistic aspects will be examined in this handout, I will focus on a detailed analysis of Book 1: its themes, structure, epic conventions, Satan’s five speeches, and the
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$5.00
13 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
This handout focuses on what your students, especially those college-bound or in college, need to know about Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock.” Its fill-in-the-blanks format, largely text-based, has your students analyze the historical background of
Subjects:
English, Poetry, Close Reading
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$6.00
16 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
An analysis of Ralph Ellison’s short story “Battle Royal,” a chapter from his novel Invisible Man, including its themes, plot, climax, recognition, reversal, protagonists, antagonists, symbolism, and point of view. Some teachers overlook the fact
Subjects:
English, Literature, Black History Month
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily," including its themes, plot, foreshadowing, protagonist and antagonists (with a new interpretation of the symbolism of their names), point of view, and other symbolism.This handout,
Subjects:
English, Literature, Short Stories
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
A nine-page handout designed for honors-class students who seek more than a superficial analysis of Walker’s most anthologized story. It delves into the structure of “Everyday Use,” including the inciting moment or the major problem of the story,
Subjects:
Afro-American Studies, Literature, Black History Month
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$6.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A three-lesson, twenty-two-page, fill-in-the-blank handout which will allow your students to explore the thematic, structural, and stylistic brilliance of Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie.” The first lesson deals with scenes 1-3 of the play and has
Subjects:
Drama, English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$8.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
A nine-page, fill-in-the-blank activity in which your students will analyze paragraph-by-paragraph Swift’s ironic masterpiece. The handout begins with the historical background which prompted the essay, a time in Ireland when the rich were getting
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$8.00
7 ratings
3.7
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of “Hills Like White Elephants,” one of Hemingway’s few feminist short stories, including the following: its themes; plot (inciting moment, development, climax, and resolution); characters (protagonist and antagonist); point of
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$4.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of Emerson’s most famous essay, “Self-Reliance.” The handout begins with a listing and discussion of the two major themes of the essay and its eight minor themes. The second section is a detailed analysis of the
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$5.00
4 ratings
3.6
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By William Tarvin
An analysis of Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” focusing on its theme, structure, contrasting settings, the scientific/mathematical diction, the mystical diction, and particularly its syntax. For instance, because of the length
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$3.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” including the following: its plot; its characters; its themes; its symbolism, particularly of the names; the recognition and reversal which occur at its end; point of view; and
Subjects:
English, Literature, Black History Month
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$6.00
4 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
Jamaica Kincaid is a contemporary Antiguan-American writer. Her most anthologized short story is the very brief, but powerful, “Girl.” My handout analyzes its theme, episodic plot, characters (protagonist and antagonists), and the male-dominated
Subjects:
English, Women's Studies, Literature
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts
$4.00
6 ratings
3.9
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By William Tarvin
A detailed analysis of the themes, structure, symbolism, and background of Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.” Its famous first line, “Something there is that does not love a wall,” was used in President John Kennedy’s 1963 speech before the infamous
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English, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$5.00
4 ratings
3.8
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By William Tarvin
An analysis of Ambrose Bierce’s popular short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” including the following: its themes; its plot; its characters; its historical Civil War background; and its brilliant use of real time vs. psychological time,
Subjects:
English, Literature
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lectures, Handouts, Homework
$6.00
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3.8
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught literature at the university level for thirty-four years, serving as a professor of literature at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, and Troy University, Dothan, Alabama. My publications on literature have appeared in such scholarly journals as "Modern Language Quarterly," "Journal of Reading," "Essays in Literature," "TESOL Quarterly," and "Journal of Irish Literature," and on education in "International Review of Education," "Journal of Curriculum Studies," and "The McGill Journal of Education."

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that the most effective teaching style is small-group work where students divide into groups of 4-5 and discuss the literary work being studied. This small-group work may be preceded by a brief lecture by the teacher to orient students to the author and the assignment. I use handouts on literary works as homework or as a guide in the small-group work in the class.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar, University of Alabama Outstanding Young Men in America, 1978 Nominated for TESOL/Newbury House Award, 1991 Who's Who in the World, 1993/94 Distinguished Service Award by King Saud University, 1994

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, where I was a Phi Beta Kappa and its Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My novel "Nothing/Everything Disconnects/Connects," a murder mystery which has a Middle-East setting, was published in October 2009 and is available through Amazon and Borders. In 2013, I revised it and added notes and commentary to a free online edition of this novel, retitled THE MYSTERIOUS PLUS. It is now available on Google Books and on my website TARVINLIT.COM. For the latter, simply click the link "The Mysterious Plus: Novel." Happy reading! Retired, I now reside in Gadsden, Alabama, my hometown. I can be reached through my website.

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