Postings by Shelley NiTuama

New Resources for ELA Classrooms

EDSITEment has developed a couple new ELA Literature resources around ELA Common Core State Standards Exemplars. We hope you will enjoy them!Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core ExemplarRead More »

Crafting a “New” English in “Things Fall Apart”

Ojiako Ezenne with his family, c. 1913
There is that great proverb—that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.—Chinua AchebeA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 9–10 (Appendix B), Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart deals with the clash of cultures and the violent transitions brought about by British colonialism in Nigeria at the end of the 19th century.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Plumbing Zora Neale Hurston’s Voice for the Classroom

Flowering Pear Tree Macro
I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads. —Zora Neale HurstonA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 11 – College and Career Readiness (Appendix B) Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is more than simply the coming-of-age story of a woman finding herself and extending her horizons.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Migrate to “In the Time of the Butterflies”

Monarch butterfly
A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart. —Julia AlvarezRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!"

These words mark the frontispiece of the 1899 edition of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a Halloween classic that has entertained people for over a hundred years. Do students know Washington Irving was a beloved and influential American writer during the nineteenth century?Read More »