Blogs tagged "common core"

Interview with Amy and Leon Kass

What is the American Calendar project? Why this project? Why should teachers teach about American civic holidays?The American Calendar project is a series of nine e-anthologies—one for each national holiday—whose stories, speeches, songs, poems, letters, and essays help us think about the meaning of each holiday.Read More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck

Immigrants at Ellis Island
We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers.—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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Carl Sandburg: Chicago’s poet

Wabash Ave north from Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1900
Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet reading a poem on TV. They might mention watching the last presidential inauguration, or perhaps a televised poetry reading at last summer’s Olympic Games. Most likely, though, they won’t be able to remember a time when they heard a poet anywhere, let alone on television.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 »
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Let Freedom Ring! Democracy in the poetry of Hughes and Whitman

EDSITEment’s Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy considers if there is such a thing as ‘a democratic poem.” It’s a good question. Can the spirit and fervor and idealism of our democratic principles, hard won over and over again through conflict, war, sacrifice, and death be captured within the confines of poem?Read More »
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