Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
Making Modernism picture collage

Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago

The exhibit, based on an NEH-funded summer institute at the Newberry Library, focuses on the connection between Chicago's unique urban, economic, and cultural history and its literature. The website contains art, correspondence, poems, and ephemera by Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, and others, with informative essays and full bibliography.

  • In the Time of the Butterflies: Courage Defined, New CCSS Model

    Created May 5, 2014
    Julia Alvarez, better resolution, In the Time of the Butterflies

    This new EDSITEment Lesson provides a Common Core Application for high school students. Julia Alverez’s novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, fictionalizes the life events of historical figures, four Mirabal sisters and their families, to dramatize the efforts of people in the Dominican Republic late 1950s to overthrow a dictator’s brutal regime. The lesson analyzes the main characters to see how each individually demonstrates courage. A speech delivered in 2006 by a daughter of one of the sisters is used to understand the historical legacy of these extraordinary women.

  • Scottsboro Boys and "To Kill a Mockingbird": Two Trials for the Common Core

    Created April 29, 2014
    Jackson County Courthouse

    This lesson is designed to apply Common Core State Standards and facilitate a comparison of informational texts and primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys trials of the 1931 and 1933, and the fictional trial in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960).

    Alice and the Jabberwocky

    National Poetry Month: Exemplars from EDSITEment: Poetry for the Common Core

    National Poetry Month feature aligning Common Core State Standards Poetry exemplars with EDSITEment resources. Highlighted multimedia resources include links to the poem, commentary on the poem and the poet, curriculum resources, websites, audio recordings, etc.

  • “House by the Railroad”: A Painting and a Poem for the Common Core

    Created December 26, 2013
    House by the Railroad, Hopper

    This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad and Edward Hirsch’s ekphrastic poem “Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad” to explore how form affects content.

  • Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created December 3, 2013

    Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar

    crop from "Mary and Child, surrounded by angels"The people of America loved O. Henry, and so do I, once I found out what he was up to. Which I did when I read “The Gift of the Magi” – gad, how cleverly he told his story, concealing behind laughing language a profound love for the great masses of people who are frequently called the little people. —William Saroyan, “O What a Man Was O.

  • Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core

    Created November 15, 2013
    Character in place phoenix

    This lesson invites students to describe and analyze Eudora Welty’s use of characterization and setting in her short story, “A Worn Path.”

  • Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created November 13, 2013
    Unitarian church

    This lesson provides a study of the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, an exemplar for CCSS grade 11 – CCR.

  • A “New English” in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created October 29, 2013
    "Things Fall Apart": spirit mask

    This new EDSITEment lesson provides a Common Core application for high school students for Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. They will undertake close reading of passages in Things Fall Apart to evaluate the impact of Achebe’s literary techniques.