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The 100th Anniversary of the Great War

Newspaper image announcing assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
June 28 is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a young Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This terrorist act started a series of events which, over the course of 37 days, led to the greatest conflict between the European powers that the world had yet seen. To commemorate the centenary, we are dedicating this entry to the first of what we hope will be a series on the causes, course, and consequences of the war pointing out exemplary resources, old and new, and EDSITEment lesson plans, as appropriate.Read More »
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Teaching about U.S History in a Global Context

A 17th-century world map
Kelly Granito holds a degree in Secondary Education at Western Michigan University and an M.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University. She has taught English and Social Studies in New Orleans, and AP World History review courses at a public magnet school in Washington, DC. Kelly now works as a K–12 education policy research analyst in New York City. Read More »
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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 »