Postings by Shelley NiTuama

Chasing Cinderella: A Fairytale

Any consideration of the story we call “Cinderella” for simplicity's sake must acknowledge that “Cinderella” has had a dizzying array of personae over hundreds of years, in many cultures. There is no one authoritative tale of “Cinderella,” only a hall of mirrors with a different face in each reflection. —Marie Rutkoski, Young Adult authorRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”: Seventy Years on the American Stage!

Blue roses
This week marks the 70th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie’s Broadway premiere.The play has been produced seven times on Broadway—more than any other American classic with the exception Tennessee Williams’ subsequent masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire!Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

National Poetry Month 2015: Twenty-Three Poetry Exemplars

Cherry tree blossoms around the Tidal Basin, before April 1999
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.—John AdamsInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country for a month-long celebration of poetry and its vital place in American culture. Along the way, the Academy has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

“The Song of Wandering Aengus”

Hazel Wood in Glen Fyne
I went out to the hazel wood,Because a fire was in my head,And cut and peeled a hazel wand,And hooked a berry to a thread …—W.B. YeatsAs we prepare to celebrate all things Irish this week on St. Patrick’s Day, enter the poetic dream-vision or “aisling” of Irish poet W. B. Yeats with EDSITEment’s new feature, “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

“City of Immigrants”: An Educational Game for Women’s History Month

Lena Brodsky of the Mission US 4 game
This last game works well with the scope and sequence in most high schools. … The cool thing is their Educators page … a variety of materials support use of the missions by teachers, including overview and background information, standards alignments, activities, and primary sources, plus videos of teachers using Mission US with their students. It’s the videos that I think are especially powerful—giving you a chance to see what this looks like in practice.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings