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How do you teach tolerance for cultural differences in a classroom setting?

EDSITEment lesson: In My Other Life poses the question: What would it be like to grow up in another culture? One way to explore this question is through memoirs and novels. Now, with the Internet, you can offer your students an interactive means to venture outside the borders of their own experience to try on an alternative cultural identity.Read More »

November 29th a delightful time to celebrate two favorite American novelists!

"November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year," said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden."That's the reason I was born in it," observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose."If something very pleasant should happen now, we should think it a delightful month," said Beth, who took a hopeful view of everything, even November. Read More »

"one of the best aids I've ever seen to teach kids to read critically"

One of the teachers we follow on Twitter posted a link to a PDF by Harvard University librarians to help their students learn how to develop critical readings skills essential to doing well in college.http://guides.hcl.harvard.edu/sixreadinghabitsRead More »
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Notes from NCTE ~ Reading the Past, Writing the Future!

NCTE Annual ConventionThis week NCTE is celebrating its 100th anniversary conference in the city of its birth - Chicago, "The City of Big Shoulders." See our EDSITEment Lesson on the Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” one of the best known poems of 20th century American literature: Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive and our Launchpad designed to guideRead More »

Celebrate the Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week: Sep 24th - Oct 1st

Founded in 1982, Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association among other organizations devoted to the freedom of speech and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.Read More »