Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • 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
    Wrinkle in Time image

    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.

  • Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Printing Press

    Created March 2, 2011

    Launchpad: Chaucer's "Wife of Bath"

    Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath"

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  • Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature

    Created October 14, 2010
    Why Do We Remember Revere?

    After an overview of the events surrounding Paul Revere's famous ride, this lesson challenges students to think about the reasons for that fame.  Using both primary and secondhand accounts, students compare the account of Revere's ride in Longfellow's famous poem with actual historical events, in order to answer the question: why does Revere's ride occupy such a prominent place in the American consciousness?

  • Hawthorne: Author and Narrator

    Created October 12, 2010
    Hawthorne: Author and Narrator

    Compare the storyteller's voice with that of the writer, who was a contemporary of Whitman and Douglass.