• The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport

    Created November 9, 2010
    The Victor's Virtue: Pentathlon Scene

    Students may know that there are two components of a modern education that are closely associated with ancient Greek culture: philosophy and sports. To what extent does the role and value of sports in modern high schools resemble the role and value of sports in an ancient Greek education?

  • Tales of the Supernatural

    Created November 9, 2010
    Edgar Allen Poe.

    Examine the relationship between science and the supernatural in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the “horror stories” of Hawthorne and Poe.

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare's "Macbeth": Fear and the "Dagger of the Mind"

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Dagger

    Shakespeare's preeminence as a dramatist rests in part on his capacity to create vivid metaphors and images that embody simple and powerful human emotions. This lesson is designed to help students understand how Shakespeare's language dramatizes one such emotion: fear.

  • Shakespeare's "Macbeth: Fear and the Motives of Evil

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fiend

    Students search an online version of Shakespeare's Macbeth for clues to the motives behind Macbeth's precipitous descent into evil.

  • French Connections

    Created October 12, 2010
    French Connections

    Take a virtual tour of Paris, create an English language guide to French Internet resources, and compare journalistic practices in the United States and France.