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Chasing Cinderella: A Fairytale for the Common Core

Any consideration of the story we call “Cinderella” for simplicity's sake must acknowledge that “Cinderella” has had a dizzying array of personae over hundreds of years, in many cultures. There is no one authoritative tale of “Cinderella,” only a hall of mirrors with a different face in each reflection. —Marie Rutkoski, Young Adult authorRead More »
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Abraham Lincoln at 150

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln at 150On April 14 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
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Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”: Seventy Years on the American Stage!

Blue roses
This week marks the 70th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie’s Broadway premiere.The play has been produced seven times on Broadway—more than any other American classic with the exception Tennessee Williams’ subsequent masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire!Read More »
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National Poetry Month 2015: Twenty-Three Poetry Exemplars for the Common Core

Cherry tree blossoms around the Tidal Basin, before April 1999
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.—John AdamsInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country for a month-long celebration of poetry and its vital place in American culture. Along the way, the Academy has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.Read More »
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Igniting a Passion for History with Chronicling America

"Daily Missourian" headline from 1917
So many of our students arrive with a negative impression of the discipline of history. They have come to the conclusion that the study of history is about memorizing a ton of dull facts. Why wouldn’t they feel this way? It is not until later in life that they will be exposed to the real work of historians through taking an upper level college history course or researching family genealogy. It is through piecing together a compelling and insightful narrative from primary sources that students begin to understand that history is based on evidence and inference, insight and analysis.Read More »
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