June 2017 Blog Posts

The Declaration of Independence as the Foundational Document in American History

“The Declaration Committee,” 1876 lithograph print.
In recent years, as primary sources become more central to teaching American history, students have been asked to analyze these documents for their historical and literary significance. Among the most important American documents, most teachers would include the Declaration of Independence along with the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.Read More »
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Spiraling up with Summer Reading Selections from EDSITEment!

Amedee lighthouse spiral steps
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." —E.P. Whipple"There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." —Henry Ward BeecherAs the old song goes: the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are upon us. The work of the school year lies behind.You are about to enter another dimension … next stop, the Summer Reading Zone!Read More »
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Re-discovering America’s Popular Poet: Carl Sandburg

Chicago skyline at dawn
“I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun. . . . I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.” —Carl Sandburg interview with Frederick Van Ryn, This Week Magazine (January 1953)Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet read from their work on television or the Internet. Chances are they won’t be able to remember such a time, in the media or anywhere.Read More »
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“Let Us Now Praise” National History Day

National History Day winners from Connecticut, 2014
National History Day, held every year in June at the University of Maryland College Park, is an outstanding opportunity for students to engage in a serious academic competition in the humanities and to acquire the prestige that comes from participation in such a competition. This year over 600,000 students will take part, along with 25,000 teachers.Read More »
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