August 2016 Blog Posts

Engaging with Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study in his home in Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusett
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar speechRalph Waldo Emerson is an exemplary author whose essays may be used to fulfill the ELA informational texts requirement for the Common Core. Here are some ways teachers can engage 21st-century students with Emerson’s thinking and rhetoric.Read More »

Introducing Photogrammar to Teach Media Literacy and U.S. History

Children at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) Camelback Farms inspect the p
I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. — Gordon ParksRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Taking a Stand in History with Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton by Trumbull
[I]t seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. Alexander Hamilton writing as “Publius” in Federalist No.1Read More »
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Q and A with Waller R. Newell on Tyranny

“Stalin” by Isaak Brodsky, 1933.
Professor Newell is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and a founder of the College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His most recent work is Tyranny: A History of Power, Injustice and Terror.*  First of all, how did you get interested in political philosophy?Read More »
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