Blogs tagged "common core"

How to Write an Inaugural Address

Lincoln speaking at his second inaugural address
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is not only considered the greatest inaugural address but is also widely viewed as one of the most significant speeches in American literature. Its no suprise that it is included as a Common Core exemplary text under the Common Core State Standards .RI.11-12.9 for English Language Arts:Read More »
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World Literature Favorites

Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
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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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