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“The Song of Wandering Aengus” by W. B. Yeats: A Common Core Exemplar

Teacher guide to Common Core Poetry exemplar, “The Song of Wandering Aengus” by W. B. Yeats. The guide includes the poem; information about the poem; discussion questions. Supplementary documents provide suggested answers to the discussion questions and contextual background information from Irish traditional sources including Celtic mythology and influences of Irish aisling to shed light on the poem.

“Shakespeare Uncovered” Returns!

WNET’s series 2 of Shakespeare Uncovered tells the story behind the stories of six Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines history, biography, performance and insights and personal passion of each host as they conduct interviews with actors, scholars and directors from key locations and include video of performances.

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Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and the Evergreens

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, includes The Homestead, where the poet was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family. It has been the site of several NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Schoolteachers. Teacher Resource page includes a number of curriculum projects from NEH Schoolteacher Summer Scholars.

  • Launchpad: Flowers from Emily

    Created December 9, 2014
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    Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War

    Standing Together is an NEH initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans through films, literature, drama, discussion, and more.

    Frances Ellen Watkins, African American abolitionist and poet, born

    Event Date: 
    September 24, 2014
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    September 24, 1825
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    Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

    A collaborative production of the college teacher-participants in a 2011 NEH summer humanities institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Over the course of five weeks, and with the guidance of faculty experts, the institute explored the historical developments through which the hyperbolic ambition signaled by the name of Shakespeare’s theatre became a reality.

    Globe Theater against a world map

    Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

    Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global is a collaborative production of the college teacher-participants in a 2011 NEH summer humanities institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Over the course of five weeks, and with the guidance of faculty experts, the institute explored the historical developments through which the hyperbolic ambition signaled by the name of Shakespeare’s theatre became a reality.

  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Learning to Read”

    Created August 21, 2014
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    In this lesson students do a close reading of “Learning to Read,” a poem by Francis Watkins Harper about an elderly former slave which conveys the value of literacy to blacks during and after slavery. The activities also prompt students to examine the nature of century in the 21st century and the value they put upon it.

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    National Poetry Month: Exemplars from EDSITEment: Poetry for the Common Core

    National Poetry Month feature aligning Common Core State Standards Poetry exemplars with EDSITEment resources. Highlighted multimedia resources include links to the poem, commentary on the poem and the poet, curriculum resources, websites, audio recordings, etc.