Blogs tagged "common core"

50 Core Documents That Tell America's Story

At Ashbrook University , they teach students and teachers about America by using original historical documents. This is their core list of documents that we believe all students and teachers ought to study in order to understand what it means to be an American.Read More »
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Exploring Informational Texts: African American Culture and History

In February, we offered an overview and a sampling of EDSITEment’s rich collection of resources for Black History Month. We pointed out that African American History could and should be taught throughout the year and integrated across the curriculum. We promised to have more to say about how to do this in future postings.Read More »
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Will Common Core Make “Mockingbird” Extinct?

A scene from the play "To Kill A Mockingbird," performed in Monroeville, Alabama
Even though To Kill a Mockingbird appears on the list of Common Core State Standards English Language Arts 9–10 grade exemplar texts (Appendix B p. 107), and poll results rank it as second only behind the Bible as the book that makes the most difference in people’s lives, teachers are concerned that important fiction such as Mockingbird will be overwhelmed in the call for more informational texts in an already crowded curriculum.Read More »
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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 »
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What’s the Right Balance between Informational and Literary Texts?

Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since 1989. He is the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His scholarly books include The Pragmatic Mind (1997), Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), and Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001). Read More »
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