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Meeting ELA/Social Studies Common Core Standards through the Study of Oratory

Michael Steudeman worked as a secondary school English teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America, then as a TFA trainer for the Mississippi Delta Area. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland.Read More »
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How EDSITEment Can Help You Deal with Common Core

For the past year, EDSITEment has been watching as the Common Core State Standards are slowly rolled out across the nation. As the new year begins, we decided to start a blog to further knowledge and discussion of noteworthy developments in this educational arena. Here are some of the purposes this new blog aims to serve:Read More »
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Winter Solstice Customs ~ Winter Poems ~ new Fairytale, "The Tallow Candle"!

“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 v. Read More »

Writing Tips from Young Winston Churchill

Three great writers were born on Nov. 30: Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain and Winston Churchill . Of these Churchill is probably least known or taught to contemporary American students. Yet of these three, Churchill may have the most to teach about how to write effectively, and to make a good speech.After all he was not only Prime Minister of Great Britian during World War II, he was also the author of more than forty books of biography, history, essays and speeches, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.Read More »
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