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

    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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  • Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”

    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”

    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”

    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

    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.