Postings by Shelley NiTuama

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Winter Fairyland Parts of these woods
“Throughout the poem—brief in actual time, but with the deceptive length of dream—we are being drawn into silence and sleep, yet always with the slightest contrary pull of having to go on.” —Reuben A. Brower, The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention                                          Read More »
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World Literature Favorites

Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
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Opening the Literature of Christmas

The Coming of Father Christmas
“When it’s Christmas we’re all of us magi.” —Joseph Brodsky, “December 24, 1971”Early December is an exciting time—looking forward to the holiday festivities and celebrations this month brings. Introduce your students to classic literary selections and seasonal poetry that highlights Christmastime as a special occasion for charity, good will, family togetherness and meaningful reflection.Read More »
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Cultural Understanding through Poetry at NCTE 2016

Richard Blanco presenting at the National Council Teachers of English
Each year over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the National Council of Teachers of English convenes a conference in a major city. This year’s gathering was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The turnout was spectacular with more than 7000 teachers of English from every level—preschool through college and university—assembled to learn about a wide range of topics under this year’s theme: “Faces of Advocacy.”Read More »
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Re-imagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

John Quidor, "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane," 1858. Smithsonian
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living. — “The Golem” episode, Sleepy Hollow television series.Washington Irving was one of the most beloved and influential writers in 19th-century America. His timeless story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” concerns the fate of a gullible and self-centered schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane.Read More »
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