On this day in history, 1885, Mark Twain published his famous novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Learn more about Twain’s distinctively American sense of humor with a lesson plan for his short story, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” (1899), regarded by many as his most successful fiction after his two celebrated novels, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. After working through the lesson plan, watch WSPWH editors Amy and Leon Kass … Read more »
February 3, 2014
How can you teach about Black History Month and meet the demands of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards? Read short stories and poems by great African American authors! Here are our top 10 selections to help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom:
December 9, 2013
Christmas is just around the corner! Incorporate the holiday spirit into your class before your students leave for break. Here are our top ten resources for an educational Christmas in the classroom:
November 14, 2013
Today, Herman Melville’s now classic American novel Moby-Dick was published in 1851 to poor reviews. While Melville was praised for his early works Typee and Omoo, Moby-Dick encountered scathing reviews upon first publication. The critical disdain for the novel contributed to Melville’s slide into obscurity, with his work being remembered only during the “Melville Revival” of the 20th century.
November 5, 2013
Beloved American author Willa Cather, best known for her stories of frontier life, had her first work published in the Nebraska State Journal on November 5, 1893. Cather would later go on to write classics like O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop.
October 3, 2013
October 3: Today in History: Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage is published in book form in 1895
On October 3, 1895, The Red Badge of Courage, the first American novel to portray the Civil War from the perspective of a soldier, was published in book form. The enormously popular short novel was originally published by a newspaper one section at a time.
August 13, 2013
In her latest post, history teacher and blogger HistoryFriend discusses why history teachers should bring fiction into their classrooms. While primary sources are critical for a strong history education, so too is engagement with imaginative literature.
July 24, 2013
Unbeknownst to the public until after his death, famed short story writer O. Henry actually began his prolific writing career while serving a sentence for embezzlement at the State Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio. On July 24, 1901, the author, born William Sydney Porter, was released on account of good behavior two years ahead of schedule.
July 1, 2013
What is the legacy of the Declaration of Independence and its self-evident truths of equal and unalienable rights? Our new ebook, “The Meaning of Independence Day,” explores the history and ideas behind the American Founding and their significance for our present personal freedoms and national flourishing.
February 20, 2013
Last week, the New York Times noted that short stories are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, at least in part due to the Internet and new digital options that make sharing and reading short stories easier.
The Times reports:
“It is the culmination of a trend we have seen building for five years,” said Cal Morgan, the editorial director of Harper Perennial Originals, who until last year ran a blog called … Read more »