Blogs tagged "poetry"

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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Academy of American Poets Forum 2015

The Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets
For the past ten years as the leaves begin to turn in mid-October, poetry lovers from all over the country have converged on New York City for the Academy of American Poets annual Poets Forum. During the event-filled weekend, the public is invited to hear chancellors of the academy, and acclaimed poets, present readings and converse on the state of the art.Read More »
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Back to School with Resources

Student on computer with word clud around him
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. —William Butler Yeats As you prepare to open your classroom this fall discover new ways to ignite your students’ imaginations and critical thinking with two new Back to School features from EDSITEment:Read More »
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