Samuel L. Clemens uses the pseudonym Mark Twain for the first time

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Edward Hirsch, American poet and critic, is born

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  • “House by the Railroad”: A Painting and a Poem for the Common Core

    Created December 26, 2013
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    This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad and Edward Hirsch’s ekphrastic poem “Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad” to explore how form affects content.

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

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    Oklahoma Humanities Council Magazine

    Since Summer 2012, this triannual magazine has dedicated each issue to thoughtful articles on classroom-worthy subjects from ethics, to African Americans in history, to medicine. Print articles from the magazine; discuss the issues in class; and check out the "Extra" section for classroom discussion questions and more online resources. (Don't forget to consult the "Archives" tab for back issues.)

     

  • 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.”

  • Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created November 13, 2013
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    This lesson provides a study of the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, an exemplar for CCSS grade 11 – CCR.

  • A “New English” in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created October 29, 2013
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    This new EDSITEment lesson provides a Common Core application for high school students for Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. They will undertake close reading of passages in Things Fall Apart to evaluate the impact of Achebe’s literary techniques.

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

    Created October 17, 2013
    Zora Neale Hurston

    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.

  • Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    Created September 17, 2013