Blogs tagged "poetry"

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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Summer Reading 2016

“Gotchur Nose, Kid.” Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading mural, May 18, 2006.
“This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, chapter 4.Summer is the perfect time to dive into classic stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts, including foundational documents of American government and history and works by the great thinkers.Read More »
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A Valentine from Emily

Detail Victorian Valentine. Brooklyn Museum
Valentine's Day in mid-19th-century America was a week-long celebration of friendship. In that era, the week leading up to February 14 was filled with exchanges of witty, whimsical, hand-written notes between friends who were not always romantically involved.Emily Dickinson was no exception. During Valentine’s week, 1850, the 20-year old writer penned this couplet, which opens a longer poem that was delivered to Elbridge Bowdoin, a law partner of her father and a family-friend.Read More »
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How Teachers Can Make the Most of “Power and Pathos”

Alexander the Great on Horseback
Even though we are based in Washington, D.C., a city filled with world-class museums that frequently offer exceptional exhibits, we’ve never written about them on this blog. This is not because we aren’t interested in writing about art and culture in the classroom—far from it!Read More »
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Celebrating the Language of Place in Hopi Culture

Image Hopi planting corn
In my culture, we sing songs to show our happiness…We believe that when we sing songs, we are sharing our feelings of happiness with nature. Since the corn plants are also our children, we sing to the corn, too. Our elders tell us that when we sing to our corn children, we make them happy. When they are happy, they grow better.I was also taught that wherever there is singing, there is life. So when songs are sung, they too are born, just like people.—Ramson Lomatewama, Hopi poetRead More »
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