January 20

Edward Hirsch, American poet and critic, is born

January 20, 1950

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  • “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch
    This lesson plan is the fourth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. It provides a video of the poet, Edward Hirsch, offering a little backstory, then reading the poem “Cotton Candy.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.
  • “House by the Railroad”: A Painting and a Poem for the Classroom
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    “House by the Railroad”: A Painting and a Poem for the Classroom

    This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad and Edward Hirsch’s ekphrastic poem “Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad” to explore how form affects content.

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JFK inauguration

January 20, 1961

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  • Student Resource / History & Social Studies
    Launchpad: JFK, LBJ and Civil Rights

    This lesson provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze the innovative legislative efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the social and economic context of the 1960s.

Women’s rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes first woman to testify before Congress

January 20, 1869

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