Blogs tagged "fiction"

Plumbing Zora Neale Hurston’s Voice for the Classroom

Flowering Pear Tree Macro
I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads. —Zora Neale HurstonA CCSS Exemplar text for grades 11 – College and Career Readiness (Appendix B) Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is more than simply the coming-of-age story of a woman finding herself and extending her horizons.Read More »
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Migrate to “In the Time of the Butterflies”

Monarch butterfly
A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart. —Julia AlvarezRead More »
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Getting to "The Heart of the Matter" with EDSITEment

The humanities and social sciences are not merely elective, nor are they elite or elitist. … They are critical to our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, as described by our nation’s founders. —The Heart of the Matter ReportIt sometimes seems that the education community’s emphasis on STEM and the utilitarian case for a college education has not only left the humanities without a place at the education table but has pushed them out the door where they stand shivering in the cold!Read More »
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Summer Reading for Teachers: Staircase to College and Career Readiness

"Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." E.P. WhippleRead More »

Will Common Core Make “Mockingbird” Extinct?

A scene from the play "To Kill A Mockingbird," performed in Monroeville, Alabama
Even though To Kill a Mockingbird appears on the list of Common Core State Standards English Language Arts 9–10 grade exemplar texts (Appendix B p. 107), and poll results rank it as second only behind the Bible as the book that makes the most difference in people’s lives, teachers are concerned that important fiction such as Mockingbird will be overwhelmed in the call for more informational texts in an already crowded curriculum.Read More »
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