March 2013 Blog Posts

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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The Most Famous Civil Rights March in American History and its Impact

Students love a good fight. From the Boston Tea Party to Women’s Suffrage, students’ genuine interest in historical protests is as recurrent a theme in the classroom as uprisings and demonstrations are in human history. Teachers sometimes wonder why the fight for rights and for a redress of grievances—more than other historical themes—regularly awaken their students to the lessons of history and get them truly engaged in content.Read More »
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