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National Poetry Month 2015: Twenty-Three Poetry Exemplars

Cherry tree blossoms around the Tidal Basin, before April 1999
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.—John AdamsInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country for a month-long celebration of poetry and its vital place in American culture. Along the way, the Academy has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.Read More »
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“The Song of Wandering Aengus”

Hazel Wood in Glen Fyne
I went out to the hazel wood,Because a fire was in my head,And cut and peeled a hazel wand,And hooked a berry to a thread …—W.B. YeatsAs we prepare to celebrate all things Irish this week on St. Patrick’s Day, enter the poetic dream-vision or “aisling” of Irish poet W. B. Yeats with EDSITEment’s new feature, “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”Read More »
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“City of Immigrants”: An Educational Game for Women’s History Month

Lena Brodsky of the Mission US 4 game
This last game works well with the scope and sequence in most high schools. … The cool thing is their Educators page … a variety of materials support use of the missions by teachers, including overview and background information, standards alignments, activities, and primary sources, plus videos of teachers using Mission US with their students. It’s the videos that I think are especially powerful—giving you a chance to see what this looks like in practice.Read More »
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“The Italian Americans” Premiers!

talian American children warming their hands outside a New York fruit store
"Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful." —Francis Ford CoppolaTrace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today with a new two-part, four-hour NEH-funded documentary series about the Italian experience in America.Read More »