February 2013 Blog Posts

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": An Exemplar Text for the Common Core

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm
This week the EDSITEment calendar signals John Steinbeck’s birthday, February 27. Celebrate this American icon and his literary masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath.Texts mentioned in the Common Core Standards are not required, unless your particular school board or administrator makes them mandatory. The books listed in the CCSS Appendix B are “exemplar texts,” or examples of good choices of books.Read More »
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Teaching Women’s History through Great Speeches

Suffragette Mrs. Sophia Loebinger speaking before City Hall, New York
Michael Steudeman worked as a secondary school English teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America, then as a TFA trainer for the Mississippi Delta Area. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

How are you preparing to celebrate Asian New Year ~ The Year of the Snake?

Next Sunday, February 10 (Calendar | EDSITEment) marks the beginning of The Chinese New Year festival - it is The Year of the Snake! EDSITEment Lesson Animals of the Chinese New Year has background on the colorful customs associated with this red letter day.Read More »

Black History Month and the Common Core

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we offer several suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on African American history and literature into their classrooms while meeting the demands of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings