Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • 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.

    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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  • Launchpad: "The May-pole of Merry Mount," by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Created April 30, 2012
    Image of Chaucer as a pilgrim from Ellesmere Manuscript

    The Autumn of the Middle Ages: Chaucer and Dante

    This page features resources relating to medieval literature, and presents information about the works of Chaucer and Dante. Learn more about these authors and Europe during Middle Ages by visiting the lesson plans and websites referenced on this page.

    Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes

    Six Hispanic Literary Giants

    Explore the great Hispanic poets, from 1600 to present.

  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Board Game

    Created October 26, 2011
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    This lesson invites students to reconfigure Meg’s journey into a board game where, as in the novel itself, Meg’s progress is either thwarted or advanced by aspects of her emotional responses to situations, her changing sense of self, and her physical and intellectual experiences.