Blogs tagged "john steinbeck"

A Summer Seminar on American Communism

American Communists demonstrate in New York City’s Union Square in 1929.
By Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Department of Political Science, Emory University. Why should teachers care about the history of the Communist Party in the United States?Read More »
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The Blue Humanities

photo of a calm sea
“There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath . . . for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness . . . ” —Herman Melville, Moby-DickRead More »

Traveling with John Steinbeck—and Charley!

Vista Mission Mountains, National Bison Range, Montana
“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation—a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.” —John Steinbeck, Travels with CharleyRead More »

The Blue Humanities

We have come to know the sea as much through the humanities as through science. … The sea lurks in the imaginations of millions, if not billions, of people … forever in our dreams and nightmares, more now than at any time in history. — John R. GillisRead More »
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John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": An Exemplar Text for the Common Core

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm
This week the EDSITEment calendar signals John Steinbeck’s birthday, February 27. Celebrate this American icon and his literary masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath.Texts mentioned in the Common Core Standards are not required, unless your particular school board or administrator makes them mandatory. The books listed in the CCSS Appendix B are “exemplar texts,” or examples of good choices of books.Read More »
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