Edward Hirsch, American poet and critic, is born

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Charles Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” published

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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demonstrates how teachers can build critical literacy skills across the disciplines through the analysis of primary historical documents and literary techniques.

Emily Dickinson's “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers” published

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"Shakespeare Uncovered"

WNET’s Shakespeare Uncovered series tells the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Six episodes combine history, biography, performance and analysis and personal passion of each host as they conduct interviews with actors, scholars and directors from key locations and include video of performances.

Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” published

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photo of a 19th-century honey peddler reading a newspaper

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America enhances access to America's regional, historic newspapers. This site allows the visitor to search, view, clip, and save pages from 1836 through 1922, as well as find newspapers published between 1620 and the present. Learn more about using Chronicling America in the classroom with EDSITEment's Chronicling America special feature.

Main Reading Room. Statue of Poetry, Library of Congress

Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature and Composition

For each of the twenty-one poems or poetic forms for AP Literature and Composition, students and teachers will find a link to the poem and multimedia resources. These include EDSITEment lessons as well as EDSITEment-reviewed websites that discuss the poem, the poet, and its context.

William Carlos Williams, American poet, born

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American Literature Lessons — Nineteenth Century

Through this collection of over 30 lessons, students can explore the great American authors of the 1800s, including Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain.