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Igniting National Poetry Month – 2012 Update

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“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start      arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”   Salman Rushdie It’s April. Time to update last year’s Igniting National Poetry Month post (whoohoo, all the links still work!) with a few new resources: Addition #1… Continue reading

The Power of Words – A few great resources

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How do you ignite in your students a love for words? From basic interpersonal skills (BICS) to cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), students feel empowered when they can recognize/recall/distinguish/apply the right word for the right context. (Maybe we all do.)  I came across a few resources this week I think just might help promote discussions… Continue reading

Igniting National Poetry Month: An update

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It’s April. Time to update last year’s Igniting National Poetry Month post with some wonderful new resources: Updates: Update #1 -A year ago the New York Times Learning Network titled its poetry page as 11  Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. They too have done some updating! This year you’ll find double the number of… Continue reading

What is the opposite of ‘inured’?

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It was my good fortune this weekend to attend the National Writing Project’s 2010 Urban Sites Network conference, Writing Across the Margins: Illuminating Urban Voices.  The Friday morning kick-off was pretty amazing: By Any Medium Necessary –   Oakland Leaf Youth Roots‘ interactive session on poetry is one I will remember for a long time to… Continue reading

Igniting National Poetry Month

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A poem begins with a lump in the throat.  ~Robert Frost The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then ~Roger McGough Poetry has the tendency to promote literacy skills in ways that can have a life-long impact on students. As a 6th grade humanities teacher, I regularly shared favorite or… Continue reading