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Opening the Literature of Christmas

The Coming of Father Christmas
“When it’s Christmas we’re all of us magi.” —Joseph Brodsky, “December 24, 1971”Early December is an exciting time—looking forward to the holiday festivities and celebrations this month brings. Introduce your students to classic literary selections and seasonal poetry that highlights Christmastime as a special occasion for charity, good will, family togetherness and meaningful reflection.Read More »
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December Ideas From the EDSITEment Calendar

Miguel Cabrera, “Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” (1648-1695).
You might think that December is the month of holidays and parties, but did you know that it is also full of historic anniversaries such as the arrest of Rosa Parks on the first, and important birthdays such as that of Mexican poet and nun Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz on the second?Read More »
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Cultural Understanding through Poetry at NCTE 2016

Richard Blanco presenting at the National Council Teachers of English
Each year over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the National Council of Teachers of English convenes a conference in a major city. This year’s gathering was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The turnout was spectacular with more than 7000 teachers of English from every level—preschool through college and university—assembled to learn about a wide range of topics under this year’s theme: “Faces of Advocacy.”Read More »
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15 Resources for Veterans Day

Veterans Day memorial service, large group of troops at parade rest
On November 11, 1918, the Great War came to an official end with the signing of the armistice between the Allied forces (Great Britain, France and the United States) and Germany.  One year later President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day to honor the soldiers who died fighting for their country in that war.Read More »
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