Postings by Shelley NiTuama

“The Year at Maple Hill Farm”: An Informational Text Exemplar

George Henry Durrie, "Farmyard in Winter," 1858
February follows January. The forest pond is frozen solid, all but a marshy place where the spring water feeds the pond. —The Year at Maple Hill FarmRead More »
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“The Italian Americans” Premiers!

talian American children warming their hands outside a New York fruit store
"Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful." —Francis Ford CoppolaTrace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today with a new two-part, four-hour NEH-funded documentary series about the Italian experience in America.Read More »

“Shakespeare Uncovered” Returns!

Kim Cattrall at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Photo credit: Andrea Southam
Shakespeare’s plays still speak to us, they have resonance—hundreds of plays written since then don’t. And “Shakespeare Uncovered” opens up to this huge American audience—this gold dust—and shows them [that] television doesn’t end with Downton Abbey. If you think that’s good … see what real writing, real authors, and real characters are about.—Jeremy IronsRead More »
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Dostoevsky for the Classroom

[I]t was not a slip of the tongue for Dostoyevsky to say that “Beauty will save the world,” but a prophecy. After all, he was given the gift of seeing much, he was extraordinarily illumined.―Alexander Solzhenitsyn Read More »
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“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens: A Seasonal Classic

The world's first commercially produced Christmas card, made by Henry Cole 1843.
In October 1843, Charles Dickens began writing one of his most popular and best-loved books, A Christmas Carol. Six weeks later it was finished and readied for publication that December. It won instant popularity with the reading public and continues to be a staple of holiday productions with adaptions for theatre, film, television, radio, and opera performed annually.Read More »
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