March 2013 Blog Posts

How to Improve Student Research Skills

Although today’s students are often said to be “digital natives” because of their early familiarity with the Internet, recent studies by the Pew Research Center and Turnitin show that, measured by college and career standards, their research skills are at best, rudimentary, and at worst, “shallow” and seriously flawed.Read More »
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De-Frosting Poetry for the Classroom

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On the occasion of his March 26th birthday, EDSITEment celebrates American poet, Robert Frost.Robert Frost is one of two poets (along with Emily Dickinson) whose poems appear on the list of CCSS text exemplars for every grade level. Little surprise there as Frost has been deemed “the American bard” and remains one of the most beloved and widely taught poets of the 20th century. We can find a “way in” to the poetry of this formidable American master by using active reading strategies.Read More »
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A Guide to How to Access Millions of Pages of America's Historic Newspapers

Would you like to have free access to millions of digitized pages of America's Historic Newspapers from 1836–1922?Find out how hereWhat is Chronicling America? | EDSITEmentRead More »
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American Quilts in Poetry and Stories

This Women’s History Month introduce your students to Lucille Clifton a former Maryland poet laureate and National Book Award winner, whose collection Quilting: Poems 1987–1990 was widely acclaimed.Read More »

What’s up with the Distinction between Literature and Informational Texts?

Eileen Murphy Buckley is the founder of ThinkCERCA, the author of 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing (NCTE, 2011), and is a former teacher and administrator in Chicago Public Schools.Read More »
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