To say that I’m excited about this release is a gross understatement!  In total we’ll have 15 of these short, map-based activities that enlighten the study of commonly taught American Literature works and their authors. The announcement on GeoNet from Esri is:

American Lit GeoInquiries“The Esri Education Outreach team is pleased to announce the release of a sample pack from the forthcoming GeoInquiries™ collection for American Literature classrooms.  The sample pack includes the first seven activities supporting high school American Literature instruction with ArcGIS Online.  Eight additional activities will be released over the coming weeks. Topics in the sample pack include: The Crucible, Twain, Isaac’s Storm, Our Town, Steinbeck, Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, and Into the Wild.  Teachers wishing to use the activities are invited to complete the field test survey athttp://esriurl.com/GeoInquiryFeedback .

 The new literature collection is the seventh geoinquiry collection supporting the mainstream use of ArcGIS Online in schools.  Each collection contains 15 content-focused activities. Each activity is based on national curriculum standards, tied to key instructional books, and uses inquiry instruction to teach disciplinary content with ArcGIS Online.  All activities and maps are free and licensed under Creative Commons for easy teacher modification.  Learn more at http://esri.com/geoinquiries.”