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How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

How History, Government, and Social Studies Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

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How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

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John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters

Created October 12, 2012
Steinbeck migrants

This lesson offers students a close consideration of the opening chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and serves as the impetus for looking at the purpose of the inner chapters or “generals” as the author referred to them.

  • Steinbeck’s Use of Nonfiction Sources in "The Grapes of Wrath"

    Created September 17, 2012
    Steinbeck image (women washing clothes)

    John Steinbeck’s use of nonfiction sources in writing The Grapes of Wrath is examined to illustrate how they affect the reader’s perception of a novel.

    Main Reading Room. Statue of Poetry, Library of Congress

    Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature and Composition

    For each of the twenty-one poems or poetic forms for AP Literature and Composition, students and teachers will find a link to the poem and multimedia resources. These include EDSITEment lessons as well as EDSITEment-reviewed websites that discuss the poem, the poet, and its context.

    Household Genius wearing a toga

    Pompeii and the Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

    Use this feature to understand the lives of people in Southern Italy before, during, and after the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, as well as learn how it inspired Neoclassicism.

    Launchpad: "Bartleby, the Scrivener," by Herman Melville

    photographic portrait of Herman MelvilleDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” After reading the background, turn to read the stor

  • Empire and Identity in the American Colonies

    Created May 29, 2012
    Empire and Identity: Join or Die

    In this lesson students will examine the various visions of three active agents in the creation and management of Great Britain’s empire in North America – British colonial leaders and administrators, North American British colonists, and Native Americans.

  • Launchpad: Getting to Know the First Amendment! (6–12)

    Created May 24, 2012