Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

American author John Updike born

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Literatures, Religions, and Arts of the Himalayan Regions

The products of this NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers offers a wealth of curricular plans and interactive ideas for the classroom. Topics cover a variety of disciplines: history, geography,  literature, religion, art, and environmental studies for every grade level.

Gen. George Marshall outlines his plan to rebuild Europe

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Performers at the Globe Theater in London

"Shakespeare Uncovered"

WNET’s Shakeapeare Uncovered series tells the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Six episodes combine history, biography, performance and analysis and personal passion of each host as they conduct interviews with actors, scholars and directors from key locations and include video of performances.

Performer's at the Globe Theater in London

"Shakespeare Uncovered"

WNET’s Shakespeare Uncovered series tells the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Six episodes combine history, biography, performance and analysis and personal passion of each host as they conduct interviews with actors, scholars and directors from key locations and include video of performances.

The Whaleman Statue (New Bedford, Massachusetts)

Pursuing Melville: “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat”

An overview of resources for Herman Melville, “Moby-Dick,” and whaling in the 19th century.

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

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    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.

    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

    Thornton Wilder receives Pulitzer Prize for “Our Town”

    Thornton Wilder receives Pulitzer Prize for "Our Town"
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