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"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!"

These words mark the frontispiece of the 1899 edition of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a Halloween classic that has entertained people for over a hundred years. Do students know Washington Irving was a beloved and influential American writer during the nineteenth century?Read More »

Faulkner for the Classroom

Faulkner's porbable typewriter
In his classic introduction to The Portable Faulkner, Malcolm Cowley writes, "Faulkner's novels have the quality of being lived, absorbed, remembered rather than merely observed. And they have what is rare in the novels of our time, a warmth of family affection, brother for brother and sister, the father for his children—a love so warm and proud that it tries to shut out the rest of the world." That familial glow is one we can all bask in as we strive to fulfill the rigors of the Common Core.Read More »
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The Arts: Central to the Common Core

Hopper's "House by the Railroad Tracks"
Mary Anne Kovacs holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (Vermont). She has taught grades 9–12, including AP English, in both urban and suburban schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mary Anne has authored many curriculum units, marketed both nationally and internationally.“The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core …”—David ColemanRead More »
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