Blogs tagged "critical thinking"

Bring Your Classroom to Life Through Diplomatic Oral Histories

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by Maureen McNicholl, Program Director of Education Outreach, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.Read More »
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Journey into Chinese Folktales to Discover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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The roundest moon can be seen in the autumn. It is time for reunions. I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Day and a wonderful life. —Chinese greeting for mid-autumn Moon FestivalThe moon figures large in the folklore of China. Legend has it that a jade rabbit lives on the moon and spends its time manufacturing elixirs of immortality while serving as a companion to Chang’e, the Moon goddess. The moon is so important in the Chinese cultural tradition that it even rates its own annual festival!Read More »
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John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": An Exemplar Text for the Common Core

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This week the EDSITEment calendar signals John Steinbeck’s birthday, February 27. Celebrate this American icon and his literary masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath.Texts mentioned in the Common Core Standards are not required, unless your particular school board or administrator makes them mandatory. The books listed in the CCSS Appendix B are “exemplar texts,” or examples of good choices of books.Read More »
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Hello from EDSITEment and a Recommened Resource

Dear TeachersEDSITEment is one of the Thinkfinity partners. Our parent agency is the National Endowment for the Humanities. We cover all the humanities subjects taught in K-12 such as history, literature, art and culture, foreign languages, etc. Many of our lessons are high school and AP level.We are especially strong in US history, American lit and culture but we do it all British, World literature and culture, and World History.Read More »
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"one of the best aids I've ever seen to teach kids to read critically"

One of the teachers we follow on Twitter posted a link to a PDF by Harvard University librarians to help their students learn how to develop critical readings skills essential to doing well in college. More »
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