Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film

    Study Shakespeare's Hamlet in the context of Elizabethan attitudes toward revenge. The lesson includes activities in which students compare the text of Hamlet to the interpretations of several modern filmmakers.

  • Launchpad: Death in Poetry

    Created August 31, 2010

    Launchpad: Pride & Prejudice

    Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen's treatment of social class in the early nineteenth century

    One of the central themes in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the role of class in early nineteenth-century England. Austen is interested in how social class shapes individual experience as well as the interactions among people of different classes.

    Winston Churchill delivers “Iron Curtain” speech

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    Thoreau Reader

    Annotated works of Henry David Thoreau and an extensive resource list on his life and works. Teaching Thoreau feature with further resources.

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    Perseus Digital Library

    An extensive collection of maps, texts, translations, and commentary for students of the ancient world and beyond.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    A richly documented portrait of the author of The Scarlet Letter.

    Hawthorne in Salem

    This site draws on the collections of The Peabody Essex Museum, the House of Seven Gables Historic Site, and the Salem Maritime National Historic site. It features critical approaches to Hawthorne’s work and includes a timeline, an image gallery, and links to several electronic editions.

  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Teaching Through the Novel

    Created February 19, 2010
    Things Fall Apart books

    This lesson introduces students to Achebe's first novel and to his views on the role of the writer in his or her society.

  • Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

    Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

    Learn how writer Zora Neale Hurston incorporated and transformed black folklife in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. By exploring Hurston’s own life history and collection methods, listening to her WPA recordings of folksongs and folktales, and comparing transcribed folk narrative texts with the plot and themes of the novel, students will learn about the crucial role of oral folklore in Hurston’s written work.