Sherwood Anderson walked out of his office as president of the Anderson Manufacturing to pursue a writing career

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O.Henry short story, "The Gift of the Magi" is published in The New York Sunday World

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  • Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created December 3, 2013
  • Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core

    Created November 15, 2013
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    This lesson invites students to describe and analyze Eudora Welty’s use of characterization and setting in her short story, “A Worn Path.”

  • "Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language

    Created October 17, 2013
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    This lesson provides students with an opportunity to observe how Hurston creates a unique literary voice by combining folklore, folk language, and traditional literary techniques. Students will examine the role that folk groups play in their own lives and in the novel. They will undertake a close reading of passages in Their Eyes Were Watching God that reveal Hurston’s literary techniques and determine their impact on the novel.

    American author John Updike born

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  • Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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    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.

    Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    Kurt VonnegutDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R.