May 2014 Blog Posts

A MOOC for Teaching Literary Analysis: “The Literature of the English Country House”

Malvolio and the Countess
Jim Fitzmaurice, lead educator on the MOOC, is retired Emeritus Professor of English from Northern Arizona University and a former NEH Summer Programs for Teacher project director. He is currently working part time as Director of Distance Learning for the School of English at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Susan Fitzmaurice, Head of the School of English at the University of Sheffield, will be the co-lead educator.Read More »
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How to Encourage Grit in 21st-Century Students

About the Authors:Pam Pleviak is an educational consultant specializing in instructional technologies and libraries. Over her 20-plus years in education, she has worked as a teacher, librarian, and department chair, and technology director. She has authored articles focusing upon integrating technology in the curriculum.Read More »
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An informational text for the Classroom: "The Belief that Flight is Possible" letter by Wilbur Wright

For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. —Wilbur Wright’s letter to Octave Chanute, dated May 13, 1900Read More »

“The Belief that Flight is Possible to Man”: A Historic Letter for the Classroom

Rear view of Wilbur Wright making a right turn with the Wright Glider
For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. —Wilbur Wright’s letter to Octave Chanute, dated May 13, 1900Read More »
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Exploring Informational Texts: African American Culture and History

"Creole in a Red Headdress" by Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans
In February, we offered an overview and a sampling of EDSITEment’s rich collection of resources for Black History Month. We pointed out that African American History could and should be taught throughout the year and integrated across the curriculum. We promised to have more to say about how to do this in future postings.Read More »
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