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Common Core Lessons
and Cross Curricular Connections
from Antigone to Shakespeare
to the Harlem Renaissance

NEXUS – A Renaissance in Thinking

NEXUS CONNECTS learning to life and all subjects to a common core. Our Common Core aligned, interdisciplinary books teach and inspire students to link, think and achieve.

“All NEXUS volumes emphasize the critical skills and analogical thinking that are crucial for success on the SAT.” – THE COLLEGE BOARD

NEXUS MEANS CONNECTION, LINKING and THINKING – NEXUS provides the linking that motivates students to think for themselves.

NEXUS integrates the curriculum by building interdisciplinary units around great works of literature that reflect periods from Ancient Greece to the Great Depression.

Teacher Resources that Save You Time and Energy

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CCSS and Cross-Curricular Lesson Plans: A Student Resource That’s a Teacher Resource Too!

All NEXUS chapters, as well as the activities, projects and lessons in the NEXUS Guidelines, are aligned to Common Core Standards. The Books’ pages of our website list the standards that each chapter satisfies.

Finding free time for interdisciplinary research and to write cross-curricular lesson plans is among the greatest challenges of integrating the curriculum. Our research teams and university specialists save you hundreds of hours by linking the curriculum for you.

Overall each volume provides research that any teacher would love to do, but doesn’t have the time to do, and the fact that NEXUS does it for us is very valuable. — Marti Koller, English teacher, Baldwin-Woodville High School, Baldwin, WI

I think these books are absolute treasures, just remarkable. For a single teacher especially, it just pulls everything together. The magazine can take the place of a team of teachers. — Susan Neun, English Chair, Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills School District, Bloomfield Hills, MI

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FREE Common Core Aligned Lesson Plans with Each Volume of NEXUS

Free lesson plans in literature, history and art.

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– Downloadable Quizzes and Tests in the NEXUS Store

Need to write a pop quiz in a pinch? You can download one from the NEXUS Store before the bell rings.

Student Resources that Not Only Engage, but Inspire

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NEXUS Connects to Students’ Lives

These College-Board recommended resources provide highly engaging and interactive learning experiences, inspiring students to soar academically.

NEXUS booklets are the exciting alternative to the dry, bulky textbook. A dry presentation guarantees a dry reception and poor absorption of the learning material.

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When inspired to learn, students work harder and retain more.

NEXUS engages students with anecdotes and stirring stories gleaned from primary sources and by linking learning to real life and all subjects to one another.  NEXUS exercises cross-curriculum thinking skills like analogy, metaphor, contrast and pattern recognition and emphasizes caring over competition. NEXUS is helping to transform American schools into safe, stimulating environments where real learning flourishes.

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Shakespeare Study Hall – Tackling the Figurative Language in Shakespeare’s Plays

In the online SHAKESPEARE STUDY HALL students explicate Shakespeare’s figurative language using graphic tools that help them to identify antithesis, parallelism, oxymoron, etc. The language is made clear and entertaining with cartoons that SHOW what Shakespeare SAYS.

A NEXUS cartoon by Phil Newman of a passage from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

The SSH is divided into three rooms – brain workout rooms: 1) the Romeo and Juliet Room; 2) the Macbeth Room; and 3) the Julius Caesar Room. Each year students’ facility with Shakespeare’s figurative language will greatly improve as they advance to the higher numbered rooms and tackle increasingly challenging exercises – or mental aerobics. As students acquire mastery over Shakespeare’s language, their reading and critical thinking skills will dramatically improve in literature and all other subjects.

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SAT/ACT Prep – Quick Tricks – Online Lessons and Tips that Make SAT Vocabulary and Math Easy

FREE Fast-track Your Vocabulary
Quick Tricks for learning and remembering SAT/ACT vocabulary.
FREE – SAT/ACT NEXUS Math Online – Catch-Up and Pass
Quick Tricks that make learning math simple and fun.

NEXUS Store, Lesson Plans, Quizzes And Tests

NEXUS Books

NEXUS links a great work of literature to the history, art, music, and science of the period it reflects. Each subject reinforces the others, enabling students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the period while exercising analogous critical thinking skills across the curriculum.