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

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Rupert Brooke, English WWI poet, born

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John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher and author of “Amazing Grace,” born

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The gold medal of the 2012 Olympics

The Olympics

To mark the 2012 Olympics, head back to the ancient city-state and Classical Greek civilization. Examine Greek values and cultural assumptions about human excellence and competition. Then, explore the great city of London, site of this year’s Games, as well as the 1908 and 1948 Olympics.

  • Vengeful Verbs in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

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    Hamlet and his father's ghost

    Expose middle school students to a first taste of Shakespeare from the angle of the ghost story and launch into the subject of verbs. In this lesson, they learn how Shakespeare uses verbs to move the action of the play. Students then distinguish generic verbs from vivid verbs by working with selected lines in Hamlet’s Ghost scene. Finally they test their knowledge of verbs through a crossword interactive puzzle.

    British illustrator and graphic humorist John Tenniel born

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    Churchill and America

    A collection of teacher resources on Winston Churchill, including lesson plans for grades 5-12.

    Gudea of Lagash, ca. 2012 BCE

    World History for Us All

    World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.

    Wycliffite version of Bible, c. 1415-30, Bodlein Library

    Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

    The words of the King James Bible ring out today in books, poems, popular songs, speeches, and sermons. Visit the rich array of resources for yourself and your classroom and experience the history of one of the most widely read book in the English language.

    J. K. Rowling, British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, born

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