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The Headless Horseman rides again!

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane
"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!”Read More »

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Common Core

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
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“One Hundred Years of Solitude” for the Common Core

The African Palm Tree Forest
Thus they went on living in a reality that was slipping away, momentarily captured by words, but which would escape irremediably when they forgot the values of the written letters. ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of SolitudeRead More »
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Introducing the AP US History Study Guide: Gilder Lehrman’s One-Stop Guide to American History for AP Students

After many years of planning, the College Board has introduced an overhauled and redesigned AP United States History course for the 2014–15 school year. The changes to this course include a new curriculum framework, revised learning objectives, and the introduction of key concepts for each historical period. In addition, the AP US History test has been revamped to include a short-answer section and a revised multiple-choice section.Read More »
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Using National Endowment for the Humanities Resources for National History Day 2015

On September 29, I was excited to participate in one of the first National History Day webinars of the new school year: an example of NEH’s and EDSITEment’s partnership with National History Day.Read More »
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