Postings by Shelley NiTuama

De-Frosting Poetry for the Classroom

Winter Fairyland
On the occasion of his March 26th birthday, EDSITEment celebrates American poet, Robert Frost.Robert Frost is one of two poets (along with Emily Dickinson) whose poems appear on the list of CCSS text exemplars for every grade level. Little surprise there as Frost has been deemed “the American bard” and remains one of the most beloved and widely taught poets of the 20th century. We can find a “way in” to the poetry of this formidable American master by using active reading strategies.Read More »
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American Quilts in Poetry and Stories

This Women’s History Month introduce your students to Lucille Clifton a former Maryland poet laureate and National Book Award winner, whose collection Quilting: Poems 1987–1990 was widely acclaimed.Read More »

A Raisin in the Sun: A Milestone in American Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway on this day March 11th 1959. Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": An Exemplar Text for the Common Core

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm
This week the EDSITEment calendar signals John Steinbeck’s birthday, February 27. Celebrate this American icon and his literary masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath.Texts mentioned in the Common Core Standards are not required, unless your particular school board or administrator makes them mandatory. The books listed in the CCSS Appendix B are “exemplar texts,” or examples of good choices of books.Read More »
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Analyzing the American Dream for Common Core: "A Raisin in the Sun"

scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun
Never before had so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen onstage.—James BaldwinRead More »
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