Blogs tagged "common core"

Walking with Thoreau on Cape Cod

Corn Hill Beach, Truro, Massachusetts.
Most persons visit the seaside in warm weather…but I suspect fall is the best season…In October, when the landscape wears its autumnal tints,…that I am convinced is the best time to visit this shore…the thoughtful days begin, and we can walk anywhere with profit.—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod  Read More »
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Engaging with Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study in his home in Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusett
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar speechRalph Waldo Emerson is an exemplary author whose essays may be used to fulfill the ELA informational texts requirement for the Common Core. Here are some ways teachers can engage 21st-century students with Emerson’s thinking and rhetoric.Read More »

Celebrating Beatrix Potter at 150

Illustrations from “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense? ― Beatrix Potter, The Complete TalesOne author-illustrator whose texts are perfect for elementary Common Core State Standards applications is Beatrix Potter. July 28 marks the 150th anniversary of her birth—an excellent opportunity to commemorate her life and shine a light on her literary and artistic legacy.Read More »
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What Makes the Declaration Foundational?

One of the more thought provoking of the Common Core State Standards, and at the same time, one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:Read More »
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Democracy in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes

Statue of Liberty National Monument
O, yes, I say it plain, American never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!From “Let America Be America Again”Read More »
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