Postings by Shelley NiTuama

"Come, let's goe a Maying!" -- Robert Herrick, early 17th-century Britsh poet

The trees are coming into leafLike something almost being said;The recent buds relax and spread,Their greenness is a kind of grief.Is it that they are born againAnd we grow old? No, they die too,Their yearly trick of looking newIs written down in rings of grain.Yet still the unresting castles threshIn fullgrown thickness every May.Last year is dead, they seem to say,Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.- Philip Larkin, The TreesRead More »

Teaching Science and Shakespeare

A 19th-century actor playing Shakespeare's Hamlet
Do you struggle to incorporate STEM into your humanities subject? For you—or for a STEM colleague—the challenge of getting students up to the task of college and career readiness includes addressing their ability to apply reading, writing, and listening skills across disciplines, as well as recognize the content-based connections to which those skills apply. The Common Core English Language Arts/Literacy Standards recognizes this challenge.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

National Poetry Month 2014: Poetry for the Classroom

Cherry trees in Washington, DC
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Along the way, the Academy has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Walking the line with Robert Frost in the annual spring task — "Mending Wall"

SOMETHING there is that doesn't love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under itAnd spills the upper boulders in the sun;And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.Read More »