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

    Created November 13, 2013
    Unitarian church

    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
    "Things Fall Apart": spirit mask

    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

    Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

    In this Launchpad, you will explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

    Background: Stargazing Before Galileo

    Watch the short video,which sets the stage for Galileo’s discoveries by introducing the ideas about the nature of stars before he observed them through a telescope.

  • Galileo: Revealing the Universe

    Created September 13, 2013
    Galileo and the Doge

    In this lesson, students will practice close reading of passages from Galileo’s Starry Messenger concerning his observations of the stars and constellations through a telescope. They will develop an understanding of how he constructed his arguments to challenge the established views of his time using new technology and logical reasoning.

    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston published

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  • Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar

    Created August 28, 2013
    Julia Alvarez, better resolution, In the Time of the Butterflies

    Set in the Dominican Republic during the rule of Rafael Trujillo, In the Time of the Butterflies fictionalizes historical figures (four Mirabal sisters, their parents, Trujillo himself, and his subordinates) in order to dramatize the Dominican people’s heroic efforts to overthrow this dictator’s brutal regime.

    Charles Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” published

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