Blogs tagged "close reading"

Spying for “A White Heron”

Whatever treasures were lost to her, woodlands and summer−time, remember! Bring your gifts and graces and tell your secrets to this lonely country child.—“A White Heron”June is the perfect month to discover “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett. Set in in rural Maine at the end of the nineteenth century, this short story, a seamless example of a local color narrative, is also a universal tale of female coming-of-age that transcends place and time.Read More »
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The Birth of Close Reading

Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, photograph by William Ferris
“If poetry is worth teaching, it is worth teaching as poetry.”—Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn WarrenRecently Catherine Gewertz* in Education Week reported on the problems school districts are having finding appropriate Common-Core instructional materials. Some large districts have purchased million dollar ready-made curricula; others have decided against doing so after reviewing the quality of the publishers’ offerings. Still other districts are undertaking the mammoth task of creating their own materials.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Journey into Chinese Folktales to Discover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Moon over cumulus clouds. Photo, Fir0002, courtesy Wikimedia Commons
The roundest moon can be seen in the autumn. It is time for reunions. I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Day and a wonderful life. —Chinese greeting for mid-autumn Moon FestivalThe moon figures large in the folklore of China. Legend has it that a jade rabbit lives on the moon and spends its time manufacturing elixirs of immortality while serving as a companion to Chang’e, the Moon goddess. The moon is so important in the Chinese cultural tradition that it even rates its own annual festival!Read More »
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“The Belief that Flight is Possible to Man”: A Historic Letter for the Classroom

Rear view of Wilbur Wright making a right turn with the Wright Glider
For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. —Wilbur Wright’s letter to Octave Chanute, dated May 13, 1900Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Black History Month and the Classroom

Engraving from daguerrotype of Frederick Douglass as a young man
Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.—Frederick DouglassFor Black History Month 2014, EDSITEment offers a revised and updated version of our Guide to Teaching Resources.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings