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The Blue Humanities

We have come to know the sea as much through the humanities as through science. … The sea lurks in the imaginations of millions, if not billions, of people … forever in our dreams and nightmares, more now than at any time in history. — John R. GillisRead More »
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What Makes the Declaration Foundational?

One of the more thought provoking of the CCSS ELA standards, and yet the one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.Read More »
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Picturing America in My Classrooms

Jay Peledge teaches 7th and 8th grade social studies (ancient civilizations) for Lincoln, MA, public schools at the Hanscom Middle School on Hanscom Air Force Base.Read More »
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Celebrating the 800th Birthday of the Rule of Law

Magna Carta signing
We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right.—Magna Carta (final version, 1225)We celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta this week, and it somehow seems appropriate that this commemoration comes in the same week that annual National History Day finals is held at the University of Maryland at College Park.Read More »
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Spying for “A White Heron”: A Common Core Exemplar

Whatever treasures were lost to her, woodlands and summer−time, remember! Bring your gifts and graces and tell your secrets to this lonely country child.—“A White Heron”June is the perfect month to discover “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett. Set in in rural Maine at the end of the nineteenth century, this short story, a seamless example of a local color narrative, is also a universal tale of female coming-of-age that transcends place and time.Read More »
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