What So Proudly We Hail (WSPWH) provides free resources and lesson plans to language arts and social studies teachers, demonstrating how short stories, speeches, and songs can be used to enhance civics education. For example, The Meaning of America, a ten-part curriculum, investigates what kinds of citizens are likely to emerge in a nation founded on individual rights, equality, and freedom of religion; and what virtues are required for a robust citizenry. The curriculum explores American character and identity through the use of imaginative fiction. It includes short stories by Jack London, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, and Kurt Vonnegut. Accompanying the curriculum are discussion guides and video model conversations.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for children aged 4–10, tells carefully selected folktales from around the world with an eye toward inclusivity. The stories are adapted into 10- to 20-minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity, while taking children to places they didn’t think possible.
Researchers at Gallaudet University are working to develop high-tech reading resources for children who are deaf. The tools include storybook applications that help children understand emotions portrayed in the text.