American poet and writer Eve Merriam born

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American poet, essayist, educator Robert Hayden born

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Vivian Leigh in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Discovering Literature: Shakespeare

A rich online resource from the British Library exploring Shakespeare in multiple dimensions. Separate sections are devoted to his works; a collection of primary source objects, some in the public domain; and teaching resources relating to Shakespearean works.

Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus”: A Close Reading of the Absurd

Background | Reading The Myth of Sisyphus | About the authors | About the image

No one who lives in the sunlight makes a failure of his life. Albert Camus, Notebooks

Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln Manuscript Division, LOC

Teacher’s Guide to the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Discover how the American people coped with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

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Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War

Standing Together is an NEH initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans through films, literature, drama, discussion, and more.

Samuel L. Clemens uses the pseudonym Mark Twain for the first time

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  • Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    Created September 17, 2013

    Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    In this Launchpad, you will explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

    Background: Stargazing Before Galileo

    Watch the short video,which sets the stage for Galileo’s discoveries by introducing the ideas about the nature of stars before he observed them through a telescope.

  • 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.