Blogs tagged "close reading"

Opening “The Gift of the Magi” for the Classroom

The Magi (detail) c. 526. Ravenna, San Apollinare Nuovo
“… Magi, his most famous story, is the American answer to A Christmas Carol, only supplanted in the last generation by It’s A Wonderful Life, a film whose debt to O. Henry is apparent.”—Drew Johnson, “O. Henry’s Afterlife: Thoughts and Ephemera”Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Civic Education and the Classroom

Despite all the attention the Common Core English Language Standards have been getting in the media, some of the most interesting and salutary parts of the standards have been neglected. While the national conversation has focused on the use and abuse of “informational texts” in English Language Arts classrooms, the rationale for the “Literacy in History/Social Studies” standards have been largely ignored.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Seminars on close reading from the National Humanities Center

People familiar with the National Humanities Center probably know it chiefly as an institute of advanced study, and, indeed, since 1978 its fellowship program has supported the work of over 1,400 scholars from this country and abroad. But for twenty-nine of its thirty-five years it has also sponsored education programs for high school teachers.Read More »

Unpack the Common Core State Standards: Top Picks from EDSITEment

The dog days of summer press on but the new school year is right around the corner and with it the imperatives of the Common Core State Standards. Here are several articles and organizational websites that have crossed the radar of the EDSITEment team this year. They offer excellent advice into how to implement the Common Core and more importantly give insight into why the Common Core is being put into action.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Emerson's Informational texts for the Classroom

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."—Ralph Waldo EmersonRead More »