• Launchpad: Mexican Holidays

    Created August 26, 2010

    Lewis Carroll, English author, is born

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    Jakob Grimm, German collector of fairy tales, is born

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    January 4, 1785

    Russian-born science fiction writer Isaac Asimov born

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    Halloween (Celtic harvest festival “Samhain”)

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    Washington Irving born

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    Hans Christian Andersen, fairy tale author, is born

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    Aprili 2, 1805
    Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

    American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

    American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

    Engraving of King Arthur in a boat

    Camelot!

    On May 8, 2008, PBS stations broadcasted a new concert version of the musical about King Arthur and his kingdom Camelot. The EDSITEment lesson "Exploring Arthurian Legend" surveys the stories surrounding Arthur from their beginnings in the oral tradition in Medieval Europe, through the Renaissance and Victorian England, and concludes with T. H. White's modern retelling The Once and Future King, which was the basis of the Lerner and Lowe musical. EDSITEment has other related lesson plans as well.

    China's Boxer Rebellion

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