Blogs tagged "common core"

Revisit “Our Town”

Old North Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
“Indeed the play's success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive.”—Donald Margulies, (Foreword) Our Town.Read More »
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FDR's Four Freedoms Speech For the Classroom

The “Four Freedoms” in historical contextOn January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his annual State of the Union Address to both houses of Congress. At a time when Western Europe lay under Nazi domination and the United States had not yet entered the war, FDR boldly presented a “post-war” vision in which the American ideals of individual liberties were extended throughout the world. Alerting Congress and the nation to the necessity of war, Roosevelt made one of the most famous political formulations of the 20th century, announcing:Read More »
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Kipling for the Classroom

Indian grey mongoose and cobra
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”—Rudyard KiplingRead More »
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New Resources for ELA Classrooms

EDSITEment has developed a couple new ELA Literature resources around ELA Common Core State Standards Exemplars. We hope you will enjoy them!Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core ExemplarRead More »

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 »
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