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A Valentine from Emily Dickinson: A Poet for all Seasons

Winter is good — his Hoar DelightsItalic flavor yieldTo Intellects inebriateWith Summer, or the World —Generic as a QuarryAnd hearty — as a Rose —Invited with AsperityBut welcome when he goes.- Emily Dickinson (1316) Read More »

Black History Month and the Classroom

Engraving from daguerrotype of Frederick Douglass as a young man
Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.—Frederick DouglassFor Black History Month 2014, EDSITEment offers a revised and updated version of our Guide to Teaching Resources.Read More »
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"Hot.Cool.Yours." Winter Olympics Russian Style!

How does Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, offer a special context for the Games?Read More »

"House by the Railroad": Painting and Poem for the Classroom

Hopper's "House by the Railroad Tracks"
The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core…The great news is that the standards call on so many things the arts do well. The tradition of careful observation, attention to evidence and artists’ choices, the love of taking an artist’s work seriously lies at the heart of these standards.—David Coleman, architect of the Common Core, Americans for the ArtsRead More »
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How to Make Sure Your National History Day Students Learn from the Experts

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National History Day (NHD) are introducing the more than 600,000 students participating in National History Day contests to prominent public historians in a series of NEH Google+ Hangouts that give a behind-the-scenes look at NEH-supported exhibitions, films, and online projects.Read More »
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