Mark Twain playing with a Tesla electrical experiment

November's Literary Lions

This page features resources relating to famous authors who were born in November, and presents information about William Blake, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, and Jonathan Swift.

EDSITEment and College-Readiness: Bolstering Literacy Skills across the Humanities

Using EDSITEment’s lesson plan on Carl Sandburg’s Chicago as an example, this presentation demonstrates how teachers can build critical literacy skills across the disciplines through the analysis of primary historical documents and literary techniques.

American author John Updike born

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Literatures, Religions, and Arts of the Himalayan Regions

The products of this NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers offers a wealth of curricular plans and interactive ideas for the classroom. Topics cover a variety of disciplines: history, geography,  literature, religion, art, and environmental studies for every grade level.

President Teddy Roosevelt waving to crowd at inaugural ceremony

Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

The cornerstone of the inaugural ceremony is the inaugural address. Each president attempts to outline in the course he hopes to follow over the coming years in just a few short pages.

Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

Related EDSITEment Lesson Plans and other Content for Dust Bowl

Florence Thompson and her children in pea pickers campConnect to the Dust Bowl through these peer-reviewed lessons and websites from EDSITEment.

  • John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters

    Created October 12, 2012
    Steinbeck migrants

    This lesson offers students a close consideration of the opening chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and serves as the impetus for looking at the purpose of the inner chapters or “generals” as the author referred to them.

    Pledge of Allegiance first recited in many U.S. public schools, marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage

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    1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

    John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

    This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.