For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative:” Myth of the Happy Slave

    Created October 8, 2014
    Frontispiece of original edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    In 1845, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and Written by Himself was published. In it, Douglass criticizes directly—often with withering irony—those who defend slavery and those who prefer a romanticized version of it.

    Tryptich of Roosevelts, Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy

    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    Ken Burns’s new seven-part PBS series chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor: three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Premieres September 14.

    Tryptich of Roosevelts, Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy

    How Teachers Can Make the Most of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    Ken Burns’ seven-part, fourteen hour film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History illuminates over 100 years of American history as the country transitions between “politics as usual” and reform, isolation and internationalism, a laissez faire economy and government regulation, and international war and peace.

    September—Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Books

    Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

    Annual feature detailing resources teachers may find useful as school resumes. For this 2104 listing, EDSITEment has framed new resources aligned to respond to the Common Core State Standards including a number of exemplars.

    Original Fort McHenry flag

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.

    Signatures to the"Declaration of Sentiments"

    The Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca Falls Conference (1848): A Common Core Exemplar

    This feature outlines the context of The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 which produced the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a CCSS exemplar for grades 11 – CCR. This document made a bold argument, modeled on the language and logic of the Declaration of Independence that American women should be given civil and political rights equal to those of American men, including the right to vote.

  • The Preamble to the Constitution: A Close Reading Lesson

    Created July 8, 2014
    Preamble to the Constitution image

    The Preamble is the introduction to the United States Constitution and like all good introductions it serves several purposes. First of all, it states the source from which the Constitution gets its authority: the sovereign people of the United States. Second, it sets forth the great objects or ends that the Constitution and the government that it establishes are meant to serve.

  • The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Created June 23, 2014
    The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

    Long before the first shot was fired, the American Revolution began as a series of written complaints to colonial governors and representatives in England over the rights of the colonists.

  • Chronicling America: Uncovering a World at War

    Created June 10, 2014
    Devastation

    This lesson provides students with tools to analyze primary source newspaper articles about the Great War (1914–1917) in order to understand public opinion regarding the U.S. entry  into the war from multiple perspectives.

  • In the Time of Butterflies: Violence against Women, New CCSS Model

    Created May 12, 2014
    Julia Alvarez In the Time of the Butterflies

    Have students analyze a speech, a nonfiction primary source that delivers a factual account of the historical events depicted in the novel.