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Winter Solstice Customs ~ the victory of light over darkness!

“As the Spirits of Darkness be stronger in the dark, so Good Spirits, which be Angels of Light, are augmented not only by the Divine light of the Sun, but also by our common Wood Fire: and as the Celestial Fire drives away dark spirits, so also this our Fire of Wood doth the same.” —Cor. Agrippa, Occult Philosophy, Book I.ch. v. Read More »

Opening “The Gift of the Magi” for the Classroom

The Magi (detail) c. 526. Ravenna, San Apollinare Nuovo
“… Magi, his most famous story, is the American answer to A Christmas Carol, only supplanted in the last generation by It’s A Wonderful Life, a film whose debt to O. Henry is apparent.”—Drew Johnson, “O. Henry’s Afterlife: Thoughts and Ephemera”Read More »
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New Resources for ELA Classrooms

EDSITEment has developed a couple new ELA Literature resources around ELA Common Core State Standards Exemplars. We hope you will enjoy them!Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core ExemplarRead More »

Civic Education and the Classroom

Despite all the attention the Common Core English Language Standards have been getting in the media, some of the most interesting and salutary parts of the standards have been neglected. While the national conversation has focused on the use and abuse of “informational texts” in English Language Arts classrooms, the rationale for the “Literacy in History/Social Studies” standards have been largely ignored.Read More »
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Crafting a “New” English in “Things Fall Apart”

Ojiako Ezenne with his family, c. 1913
There is that great proverb—that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.—Chinua AchebeA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 9–10 (Appendix B), Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart deals with the clash of cultures and the violent transitions brought about by British colonialism in Nigeria at the end of the 19th century.Read More »
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