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More Frost Poetry for the Classroom: Closing Gaps and Building Walls

Photograph of a stone wall on farmland in Derry, N.H. once owned by Robert Frost
SOMETHING there is that doesn't love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,And spills the upper boulders in the sun;And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.Read More »
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What’s the Right Balance between Informational and Literary Texts?

Mark Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since 1989. He is the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His scholarly books include The Pragmatic Mind (1997), Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), and Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001). Read More »
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Paul Revere’s Ride: Waking the Sleeping and the Dead

Paul Revere's ride
“Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead, / In their night encampment on the hill.”Once memorized by schoolchildren worldwide, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” available from the EDSITEment resource The Academy of American Poets, is thought to be about the courage of a colonial hero at the start of the Revolutionary War.Read More »
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How to Improve Student Research Skills

Although today’s students are often said to be “digital natives” because of their early familiarity with the Internet, recent studies by the Pew Research Center and Turnitin show that, measured by college and career standards, their research skills are at best, rudimentary, and at worst, “shallow” and seriously flawed.Read More »
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De-Frosting Poetry for the Classroom

Winter Fairyland
On the occasion of his March 26th birthday, EDSITEment celebrates American poet, Robert Frost.Robert Frost is one of two poets (along with Emily Dickinson) whose poems appear on the list of CCSS text exemplars for every grade level. Little surprise there as Frost has been deemed “the American bard” and remains one of the most beloved and widely taught poets of the 20th century. We can find a “way in” to the poetry of this formidable American master by using active reading strategies.Read More »
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