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How are you preparing to celebrate Asian New Year ~ The Year of the Snake?

Next Sunday, February 10 (Calendar | EDSITEment) marks the beginning of The Chinese New Year festival - it is The Year of the Snake! EDSITEment Lesson Animals of the Chinese New Year has background on the colorful customs associated with this red letter day.Read More »

Black History Month and the Common Core

This week, in honor of Black History Month, we offer several suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on African American history and literature into their classrooms while meeting the demands of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.Read More »
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The Top Ten Documents in U.S. History

Recently, the History News Network used crowd sourcing to find the ten most important documents in American History. They eliminated the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution,and the Bill of Rights, as these would be on anyone's list.We thought Thinkfinity teachers would be interested in this list. How many of these documents do you teach?Read More »
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Dig Deep into the Bard with Targeted Activities and "Shakespeare Uncovered"

As the only author explicitly mandated within the Common Core State Standards, we thought we would open up a discussion of how to dig deeply into reading literature with William Shakespeare.CCSS Student Activity, Grades 11 and 12: The meaning of wordsRead More »
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Meeting ELA/Social Studies Common Core Standards through the Study of Oratory

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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