Blogs tagged "Literature"

Winter Solstice Customs ~ the victory of light over darkness!

“As the Spirits of Darkness be stronger in the dark, so Good Spirits, which be Angels of Light, are augmented not only by the Divine light of the Sun, but also by our common Wood Fire: and as the Celestial Fire drives away dark spirits, so also this our Fire of Wood doth the same.” —Cor. Agrippa, Occult Philosophy, Book I.ch. v. Read More »

Seminars on close reading from the National Humanities Center

People familiar with the National Humanities Center probably know it chiefly as an institute of advanced study, and, indeed, since 1978 its fellowship program has supported the work of over 1,400 scholars from this country and abroad. But for twenty-nine of its thirty-five years it has also sponsored education programs for high school teachers.Read More »

The National Humanities Center’s Online Seminars and Common Core State Standards

Richard R. Schramm is vice president for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center, where he has held executive positions since 1984. Before going to the Center, he taught American literature at UNC at Chapel Hill and served as a coordinator for the Program in the Humanities there. He has been a consultant to U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History projects throughout the country and has served as a reviewer for several National Endowment for the Humanities projects.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Start the year strong: how the humanities can help you move from “the fierce urgency of now” to Gilgamesh

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at the civil rights march on Washington, 1963
It’s planning time for your opening days/weeks in the classroom. Experienced teachers know that Aristotle was right when he coined the slogan “well begun is half done.” President Obama also just recently reminded us how important it is to be a “good storyteller.” So let EDSITEment help you with your U.S. history, world history, and literature curriculums on both fronts in our new Back to School feature.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

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 »
Categories Closer Readings