• The Whatnot Tree

    Created February 9, 2011
  • Comparing Death Poems

    Created February 1, 2011
  • Launchpad: Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”: Bringing a Great City Alive

    Created January 31, 2011

    Launchpad: Reading Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”

    Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Using Internet resources, you will learn about the city that Sandburg documented in his poetry.

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper"—Writing Women

    Created January 25, 2011
    Detail map of ancient Mesopotamia

    Teaching the Middle East

    Scholars from the University of Chicago developed, and master teachers tested, this resource to provide an overview of Middle Eastern cultures and their contributions to the world.

  • Reading Andrew Marvell's Coy Mistress

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature

    Created October 14, 2010
    Why Do We Remember Revere?

    After an overview of the events surrounding Paul Revere's famous ride, this lesson challenges students to think about the reasons for that fame.  Using both primary and secondhand accounts, students compare the account of Revere's ride in Longfellow's famous poem with actual historical events, in order to answer the question: why does Revere's ride occupy such a prominent place in the American consciousness?

  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

    Created October 13, 2010
    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

    Through close reading and textual analysis of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel about the British colonization of Nigeria, students learn how oral, linguistic, and literary strategies are used to present one’s own story and history through literature.

  • More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest

    Created October 12, 2010
    More Amazing Americans: A WebQuest

    Through a series of interactive lessons, guided by a WebQuest, students learn about many amazing Americans. Ultimately, students get to nominate and highlight their own amazing Americans.