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The Selma to Montgomery March and Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Marchers carrying banner "We march with Selma!" on street in Harlem, New York
Students love a good fight. From the Boston Tea Party to Women’s Suffrage, students’ genuine interest in historical protests is as recurrent a theme in the classroom as uprisings and demonstrations are in human history. Teachers sometimes wonder why the fight for rights and for a redress of grievances—more than other historical themes—regularly awaken their students to the lessons of history and get them truly engaged in content.Read More »
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A Raisin in the Sun: A Milestone in American Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway on this day March 11th 1959. Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": An Exemplar Text for the Common Core

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm
This week the EDSITEment calendar signals John Steinbeck’s birthday, February 27. Celebrate this American icon and his literary masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath.Texts mentioned in the Common Core Standards are not required, unless your particular school board or administrator makes them mandatory. The books listed in the CCSS Appendix B are “exemplar texts,” or examples of good choices of books.Read More »
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Teaching Women’s History through Great Speeches

Suffragette Mrs. Sophia Loebinger speaking before City Hall, New York
Michael Steudeman worked as a secondary school English teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America, then as a TFA trainer for the Mississippi Delta Area. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland.Read More »
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