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Faulkner for the Classroom

Faulkner's porbable typewriter
In his classic introduction to The Portable Faulkner, Malcolm Cowley writes, "Faulkner's novels have the quality of being lived, absorbed, remembered rather than merely observed. And they have what is rare in the novels of our time, a warmth of family affection, brother for brother and sister, the father for his children—a love so warm and proud that it tries to shut out the rest of the world." That familial glow is one we can all bask in as we strive to fulfill the rigors of the Common Core.Read More »
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The Arts: Central to the Common Core

Hopper's "House by the Railroad Tracks"
Mary Anne Kovacs holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (Vermont). She has taught grades 9–12, including AP English, in both urban and suburban schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mary Anne has authored many curriculum units, marketed both nationally and internationally.“The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core …”—David ColemanRead More »
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The value of mixed media for English Language Arts

“The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core……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, American for the Arts Read More »

Seven Ways to Teach the United States Constitution for September 17

"We the People" from the U.S. Constitution
On September 17 every U.S. educational institution that receives federal grant money is required by law to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature and over the years it has evolved into a robust minisite of many lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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