Questions for a Close Reading of “Connecting the Humanities and the Sciences”

Delivered by Walter Isaacson, The Jefferson Lecture, National Endowment for the Humanities, May 12, 2014*

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Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago

The exhibit, based on an NEH-funded summer institute at the Newberry Library, focuses on the connection between Chicago's unique urban, economic, and cultural history and its literature. The website contains art, correspondence, poems, and ephemera by Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, and others, with informative essays and full bibliography.

  • Scottsboro Boys and "To Kill a Mockingbird": Two Trials for the Common Core

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    This lesson is designed to apply Common Core State Standards and facilitate a comparison of informational texts and primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys trials of the 1931 and 1933, and the fictional trial in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960).

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    U.S. National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program Education Services

    Exhibition Program Education Services develops digital standards-aligned resources for elementary through higher education in the disciplines of health education, history, literature, science, social studies, and technology that enhance their online exhibitions. The Services also provide onsite exhibition tours, school field trips, and professional development programs for K-12 educators.

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

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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.”