December 2016 Blog Posts

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Winter Fairyland Parts of these woods
“Throughout the poem—brief in actual time, but with the deceptive length of dream—we are being drawn into silence and sleep, yet always with the slightest contrary pull of having to go on.” —Reuben A. Brower, The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention                                          Read More »
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Top History and Social Studies Resources for January

Image from interactive America on the sidelines
EDSITEment offers a wealth of history and social studies lessons, features, and interactives for your classroom. Some of our most popular lessons for January are listed below. We’ve also suggested related lessons. Most of these resources are designed for grades 9-12. All resources are lessons, except where indicated. Read More »
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World Literature Favorites

Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
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Summer 2017 Professional Development for K-12 Educators in the Humanities

Participants in “The Most Southern Place on Earth” 2016 Landmarks workshop
Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school teachers to study a variety of humanities subjects such as architecture, history, literature, music and philosophy with some of the finest scholars and teachers in America. Topics range from African Americans in the Making of New England to Women Making Change at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Stipends of $600-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.For information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual projects.Read More »
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Opening the Literature of Christmas

The Coming of Father Christmas
“When it’s Christmas we’re all of us magi.” —Joseph Brodsky, “December 24, 1971”Early December is an exciting time—looking forward to the holiday festivities and celebrations this month brings. Introduce your students to classic literary selections and seasonal poetry that highlights Christmastime as a special occasion for charity, good will, family togetherness and meaningful reflection.Read More »
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