May 2018 Blog Posts

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with EDSITEment

Miss April Lou, PS 1, Manhattan, with six Chinese children.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, and EDSITEment resources can deepen your students’ understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture.Read More »
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“Facing the Lion”: A Memoir That Speaks Volumes about Effective Storytelling and Autobiographical Writing

Panorama of the Serengeti
In 2003 the National Geographic Society published a memoir called Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai  Lekuton in which the author describes growing up on the savannah in northern Kenya along the southern border of Ethiopia and leading a nomadic life as a member of the Maasai people. The memoir—included on NEH’s list of favorite nonfiction titles—has elements of interest to middle grade readers from age eleven to fifteen, including adventure and danger.Read More »

Pulitzer Prize-winning Book of Poetry—“Olio”— Is a Liberating Experience

Tyehimba Jess
The 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Olio by Tyehimba Jess, “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” explains a statement from the judges, “to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.” English teachers will find a wealth of source material in the book’s bibliography—from slave narratives to histories of the music of black Americans—to supplement the study of the poems themselves, whRead More »