January 2018 Blog Posts

From Montaigne to E.B. White, Some Sound Advice on Writing the Personal Essay

Silhouette of woman at laptop
Teaching composition or expository writing in high school is an enduring challenge, perhaps even more so today, when the rapid-fire exchange of Tweets among students can lie at the hub of daily communication before, during, and after class. Nuanced thought, however, requires a greater gestation period than the nearly instant gratification made possible on Twitter.Read More »

Study of African American History This Summer

Portrait of Frederick Douglass
We celebrate Black History Month in February, but learning can continue all year long. Check out these NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers dealing with African American history and culture. All programs are free and include stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Teaching the Vietnam Era

Two students displaying Vietnam artifacts
By Callie Wright, Education Programs Manager for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial FoundationThere are always consequences to actions that you take. There are consequences to inaction. And thinking through, asking the questions, "Well, then what happens? What comes next?" is critically important.Chuck Hagel 24th Secretary of Defense and Vietnam veteranRead More »
Categories Closer Readings