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Category: Language Arts and Literature

Literature, Language Arts, and the Common Core Standards

A look at the literature portion of the the Common Core Standards (CCS), with an excerpt from Hard Times by Charles Dickens.

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Happy National Grammar Day and Words Matter Week

I love wordy holidays. We spend time teaching our children that words matter, and how to read, write, and speak correctly (or at least I hope we do), and I think those home lessons are reinforced by national holidays that...

Words Matter: How to Use Good Essay Models to Become a Better Writer

One of the best ways you can teach writing is to share good models. I especially like working with excellent essays, as they tend to expand not only vocabulary and usage skills, but also because they expand thought. Here’s an example.

The Map that Inspired Treasure Island by Celia Blue Johnson

Today’s guest post is from Celia Blue Johnson, the author of Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway: Stories of the Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature. It’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers

Literature Connects Disciplines

Why study literature in the context of art, music, history, and worldview? Context—the history, art, and music related to a particular piece of literature—helps to bring a book to life and make it more understandable, especially if the book was...

Biographical Approach Paper Format

Here is a biographical approach paper format you may use to write about authors or other significant people. Approach papers help students think through the things they study in a deeper way, so this can be useful not only for Excellence in Literature, but also for any subject.

keyhole composition organizer for essay-writing

Organize Essays with the Keyhole Essay Organizer

The Keyhole Essay Organizer appears in many forms across the Web. It can be a very helpful visual reminder of what goes into a basic essay–introduction, body, conclusion, plus some helpful tips.

Blog Carnival: Summer Isn’t Over Yet

The Blog Carnival offers inspiration and encouragement as summer winds down and school begins. Enjoy!

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