Blogs tagged "close reading"

The National Humanities Center’s Online Seminars and Common Core State Standards

Richard R. Schramm is vice president for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center, where he has held executive positions since 1984. Before going to the Center, he taught American literature at UNC at Chapel Hill and served as a coordinator for the Program in the Humanities there. He has been a consultant to U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History projects throughout the country and has served as a reviewer for several National Endowment for the Humanities projects.Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as a foundational document

"The Declaration Committee," 1876 lithograph print
One of the more thought provoking of the CCSS ELA standards, and yet the one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.9: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.Read More »
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A Middle School Teacher Leads the Way: Tim Bailey and Common Core

“Who should be mentoring other teachers? The Tims of the world should.” —Arne Duncan, Secretary of EducationWe have been following the career of Tim Bailey ever since he won the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year award in 2009. Currently on a sabbatical from teaching in the Salt Lake City School District, Tim is serving as a Senior Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

More Frost Poetry for the Classroom: Closing Gaps and Building Walls

Photograph of a stone wall on farmland in Derry, N.H. once owned by Robert Frost
SOMETHING there is that doesn't love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,And spills the upper boulders in the sun;And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings