Blogs tagged "exemplar"

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 »
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Crafting a “New” English in “Things Fall Apart”

Ojiako Ezenne with his family, c. 1913
There is that great proverb—that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.—Chinua AchebeA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 9–10 (Appendix B), Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart deals with the clash of cultures and the violent transitions brought about by British colonialism in Nigeria at the end of the 19th century.Read More »
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Migrate to “In the Time of the Butterflies”

Monarch butterfly
A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart. —Julia AlvarezRead More »
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Emerson's Informational texts for the Classroom

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

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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