• Folktales and Ecology: Animals and Humans in Cooperation and Conflict

    Created September 17, 2010
    Folktales and Ecology

    The study of humans and animals in cooperation and conflict within folktales from different cultures lends itself to a simple lesson on ecology and endangered species to help students can make connections between the relationships between human beings and animals in folklore and the relationship between people and the environment in our world.

  • Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore

    Created September 17, 2010
    Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore

    Through examining several examples of tales from around the world that focus on the relationship between people and animals, students will learn about humans living in cooperation with the land and sea and with the beasts that inhabit them. This lesson plan addresses various helpful animal tale types, such as animal nurses who rear great heroes after they have been abandoned as infants, and beasts that lend supernatural aid to humans.

  • Fairy Tales Around the World

    Created September 17, 2010
    Fairy Tales Around the World

    In this lesson plan, students read and learn to understand fairy tales in order to recognize their universal literary structures and themes. They compare similar fairy tales from different cultural and geographic regions of the world to see over-arching plots featuring conflicts between good and evil and imagery and motifs that are repeated across many cultures and time periods.

  • Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

    Created September 10, 2010
    Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

    French Language and World Literature classes will study the works of 19th-century poet Charles Baudelaire and will learn about the connections between the Romantic Movement and themes of 21st-century popular culture.

  • Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    This lesson sensitizes students to the similarities and differences between cultures by comparing Shakespearean and Bunraku/Kabuki dramas. The focus of this comparison is the complex nature of revenge explored in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Chushingura, or the Treasury of the Loyal Retainers.

    Inventor Eli Whitney (Cotton Gin) born

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    Eli Whitney obtains a patent for the cotton gin

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