Today is the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896. Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is the author of the great classic novel The Great Gatsby, as well as several other novels and stories that portray the lifestyle of the Jazz Age of the 1920’s in the United States. In fact, the phrase jazz age was… Read more →

Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God was first published on September 18, 1937. The novel chronicles Janie Crawford’s search for identity as an African-American woman and her place in the world. Their Eyes Were Watching God is also a tale of friendship; returning to Eatonville as a middle-aged woman, Janie summons her… Read more →

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, The boatman singing what belongs to him… Read more →

Today is the anniversary of the day Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of more than two hundred thousand. Students can read King’s complete speech in Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature, Level IV Grade… Read more →

Looking for journal writing topics to get students reflecting and sharing their ideas? Check out the July 14, 2014 blog post by EMC’s Expository Composition author Gary Anderson at the Discovering Your Voice Blog. Gary has received requests for the list of journal topics he has used in his writing classes at William Fremd High… Read more →

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Don’t forget that all of the Mirrors & Windows Differentiating Instruction activities are available for your summer school students on the Internet Resource Center at mirrorsandwindows.com. Differentiating Instruction activities are offered for developing readers, English language learners, and advanced learners. For example, the activities for ELL students include the full selection text, accompanied by guided… Read more →

Looking for Common Core Exemplar titles for your students’ summer reading? Look no further than EMC’s Access Editions. You’ll find exemplars such as: •  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain •  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor •  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle •  Hamlet by William… Read more →

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Looking for ways to use scaffolding in your teaching? A recent edutopia.org article provides some helpful ideas: 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students EMC’s Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature program has scaffolding and gradual release of responsibility built into the lesson design of each unit in the textbook. Three levels of reading… Read more →

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