Blogs tagged "writing"

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 »
Categories Closer Readings

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 »
Categories Closer Readings

How EDSITEment Can Help You Deal with Common Core

For the past year, EDSITEment has been watching as the Common Core State Standards are slowly rolled out across the nation. As the new year begins, we decided to start a blog to further knowledge and discussion of noteworthy developments in this educational arena. Here are some of the purposes this new blog aims to serve:Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Walt Whitman on the Civil War - Notebooks, Prose, Poetry

Today we celebrate this beloved American poet born May 31, 1819. EDSITEment offers resources on Walt Whitman whose poetry and notebooks convey the Civil War in a most direct and poignant manner. Through his writing students gain insight into the human experience of suffering and grief in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the War.Read More »