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Election 2012 Teaching Resources to Address Common Core Standards

The 2012 election process provides educators with a multitude of materials to use to help students meet the Common Core Standards. By examining the election process with students through print, visual, and digital texts, teachers can address virtually all of the standards for reading for informational text, many of the writing standards, and most of the speaking and listening standards.

Here are some resources that I’ve compiled from my personal learning network that may be useful to you as you plan your instruction during this election season.

Ryan Goble, the co-chair of NCTE’s Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative, made me aware of the following resources:

(You may also be interested in checking out the Ning that Ryan maintains, Making Curriculum Pop, or you may want to follow him on Twitter at @_mindblue_ .)

Making Curriculum Pop

From following a link in a posting to the NCTE Connected Community Media Literacy Discussion Group, I discovered Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse and a particular webpage relevant to the election season:

In addition, he has a book devoted to this topic, Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy Guide.

While on Middle Web, I found the following Resource Roundup:

From my Twitter feed, I learned about the following resources:

From the September 26, 2012 Daily Dulcinea, I became aware of the following materials:

  • An article about the landmark Kennedy-Nixon debate, information about the history of presidential debates, and a link to a resource for transcripts of every presidential debate since 1988findingDulcinea

 The PBS Education e-newsletter shared information about election resources in PBS LearningMedia. This free content library contains lesson plans, videos, audio recordings, and interactive tools.

Please let me know whether you have any other resources you’d like me to add to this posting.

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Resources to Support the Study of Shakespeare’s Plays

The Common Core Standards for Reading for Literature at grades 9-10 and grades 11-CCR specifically call for students to read and analyze Shakespearean dramas. Many of you are about to begin a study or are currently studying a Shakespearean work, such as Romeo and JulietMacbeth, or The Taming of the Shrew, with your students.

Some resources you may want to tap to support your instruction include:

Shakespeare Unlocked William Shakespeare

In partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Museum, the BBC has developed a season of programming to explore “how one man captured so much about what it means to be human” as their contribution to the London 2012 Festival. This site includes podcasts, videos, and teacher resources.

How Should Shakespeare Really Sound?

The British LibraryThis blog post from The Telegraph contains audio recordings from the British Library’s CD based on current scholars’ beliefs about how Elizabethan English would have sounded. Recordings include passages from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth and Sonnet 116.

Folger Shakespeare Library 

Available on this site are primary source materials, lesson plans, study guides, videos, and an online discussion forum for teachers. The March 6 virtual field trip has been archived and is available for viewing through May 31, 2012.

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Education Resources

Royal Shakespeare CompanyWith links to videos from past productions, essays from playbills, ideas for teaching activities, and information about the plays, the contexts of the plays, and Shakespeare’s language, this site will help you bring the study of the Shakespeare’s plays to life.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Education: Playing Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Globe

Through blog posts about performing the plays at the Globe Theatre, mock social networking sites for the plays’ characters, interviews with actors, and access to directors’ edits of the plays, this site helps students gain a greater understanding of the plays and how they’re brought to performance.

British Shakespeare Association’s Shakespeare in Education

The British Shakespeare Association is offering free access to the inaugural issue of its new publication Shakespeare in Education. This issue presents articles with a multitude of ideas for teaching the plays.

Shakespearean Candidates

While perhaps somewhat dated, Stephen Colbert discusses 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain with Harvard Shakespeare professor Stephen Greenblatt, making comparisons between the candidates and characters in Shakespeare’s plays. You may want to consider updating this activity by having students compare the 2012 candidates with Shakespearean figures.

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National Poetry Month

As you probably already know, April is National Poetry Month. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, it is now an annual event to celebrate poetry and its vital role in American culture.

Poems are some of the richest and most complex texts we can read for they often convey universal truths–or some of the most nuanced ideas–through striking, moving, and innovative uses of language. Repeated close readings of poems help us to discover their richness and nuances, lead us to appreciate the poems as works of art, and guide us to insights about life and our humanity.

If you are planning to read poetry with your students this month and participate in the celebration, here are some resources you might want to tap:

The Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month Webpage presents ideas for celebrating poetry in April and throughout the school year.

By following 30 Days 30 Poets on Twitter, you and your students will be able to enjoy the insights of 30 different contemporary American poets throughout the month of April.

At http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/, you can sign up to receive a poem each day free of charge from Knopf Doubleday, or you can follow their Tumblr site at http://celebratepoetry.tumblr.com/.

Scholastic has assembled teaching resources and lesson plans at http://teacher.scholastic.com/poetry/.

For more ideas and lesson plans, you may want to consult ReadWriteThink at http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/april-national-poetry-month-20478.html.

The Favorite Poem Project, initiated by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, also shares lesson plans–frequently with tie-ins to videos of everyday Americans reciting their favorite poems.

Another former poet laureate, Billy Collins, launched Poetry 180, which provides a poem appropriate for high school students for each day of the school year.

American Life in Poetry, a project of former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, provides a poem with a brief introduction by Kooser on a weekly basis.

For poems, podcasts, videos, and literary nonfiction about poetry,  the Poetry Foundation is an excellent resource.

In addition, Poetry Out Loud, which sponsors a national poetry recitation contest for high school students, has lesson plans and handouts to support close readings of poems.

Please share other resources you use to celebrate National Poetry Month or to teach poetry throughout the year.

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