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How to Write an Inaugural Address

Lincoln speaking at his second inaugural address
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is not only considered the greatest inaugural address but is also widely viewed as one of the most significant speeches in American literature. Its no suprise that it is included as a Common Core exemplary text under the Common Core State Standards .RI.11-12.9 for English Language Arts:Read More »
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World War I and American Art: Part One

That liberty shall not perish from the earth
World War I (1914-1918) has been called the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century, leading to the destruction of four empires (Russian, German, Austrian-Hungrian, and Ottoman), the rise of communism and fascism, the Second World War, and even the Cold War.Read More »
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“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Winter Fairyland Parts of these woods
“Throughout the poem—brief in actual time, but with the deceptive length of dream—we are being drawn into silence and sleep, yet always with the slightest contrary pull of having to go on.” —Reuben A. Brower, The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention                                          Read More »
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Top History and Social Studies Resources for January

Image from interactive America on the sidelines
EDSITEment offers a wealth of history and social studies lessons, features, and interactives for your classroom. Some of our most popular lessons for January are listed below. We’ve also suggested related lessons. Most of these resources are designed for grades 9-12. All resources are lessons, except where indicated. Read More »
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World Literature Favorites

Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
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