Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

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.

    President George W. Bush declares war on terrorism

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  • Galileo: Revealing the Universe

    Created September 13, 2013
    Galileo and the Doge

    In this lesson, students will practice close reading of passages from Galileo’s Starry Messenger concerning his observations of the stars and constellations through a telescope. They will develop an understanding of how he constructed his arguments to challenge the established views of his time using new technology and logical reasoning.

    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston published

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  • Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created August 28, 2013
    Julia Alvarez, better resolution, In the Time of the Butterflies

    Set in the Dominican Republic during the rule of Rafael Trujillo, In the Time of the Butterflies fictionalizes historical figures (four Mirabal sisters, their parents, Trujillo himself, and his subordinates) in order to dramatize the Dominican people’s heroic efforts to overthrow this dictator’s brutal regime.

    EDSITEment and College-Readiness: Bolstering Literacy Skills across the Humanities

    Using EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Carl Sandburg’s Chicago as an example, this presentation demonstrates how teachers can build critical literacy skills across the disciplines through the analysis of primary historical documents and literary techniques.