Notes from NCTE ~ Reading the Past, Writing the Future!
NCTE Annual Convention
This week NCTE is celebrating its 100th anniversary conference in the city of its birth - Chicago, "The City of Big Shoulders." See our EDSITEment Lesson on the Carl Sandburg’s 1916 “Chicago” one of the best known poems of 20th century American literature: Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive and our Launchpad designed to guide students through EDSITEment selected Internet resources to experience the city that Sandburg documented in his poetry. Conference goers were blessed with mild November temperatures which made for comfortable walking between downtown hotels where the conference is traditionally housed whenever it comes back to its hometown.
Here's the opening words from the Welcome from Keith Gilyard, 2011 Program Chair:"The founders of the National Council of Teachers of English acted with passion for language teaching, with care for our nation’s general student body, and with resolve to expand educational opportunities when they formed the Council in Chicago on December 2, 1911."
I was honored to Chair the following session last evening with two gifted educators who hail from Chicago: Professor of Poetry from DePaul University and past NEH Project Director, Eric Selinger and Director of Curriculum for Chicago City Public Schools and past Summer Scholar, Eileen Murphy.
EXPLORING THE PAST-INSPIRING THE FUTURE THROUGH POETRY
WITH NEH'S EDSITEment AND SUMMER INSTITUTES
Eileen has just published a book through NCTE entitled, 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing. She shared her approach to teaching critical literacy where students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, then led session particpants through an exercise inphysical performance poetry.
Both presenters and audience members spoke to the profound impact the NEH Summer Programs have had on their teaching, writing and their lives. Here's the current lineup of NEH Summer Programs for School Teachers Seminars and Institutes and Landmark Workshops for the upcoming summer 2012 - note the deadline for applications is March 1, 2012.
The session highlighted rich resources available through EDSITEment to teachers of Poetry and Literature including World Poetry. Here is a sample listing of Lesson Plans and Selected websites:
- All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing
- Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
- Animating Poetry: Reading Poems about the Natural World
- Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!
- The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf
- Can You Haiku?
- Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)
- Chaucer's Wife of Bath
- Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad: From Painting to Poem
- Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: There Once Was…
- Emily Dickinson & Poetic Imagination: “Leap, plashless”
- The Impact of a Poem's Line Breaks: Enjambment and Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”
- Introducing Metaphors Through Poetry
- Introduction to Modernist Poetry
- Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series: Removing the Mask
- Japanese Poetry: Tanka? You're Welcome!
- Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet
- Midnight Ride of Paul Revere—Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License
- Play with Words: Rhyme & Verse
- Poems of Tennyson and Noyes: Pictures in Words
- Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost
- The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You
- Poetry of The Great War: 'From Darkness to Light'?
- Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps
- Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip
- Say Hi to Haibun Fun
- Seeing Sense in Photographs & Poems
- A Story of Epic Proportions: What makes a Poem an Epic?
- Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy
- Walt Whitman's Notebooks and Poetry: the Sweep of the Universe
- The World of Haiku
- Writing Poetry Like Pros
- Academy of American Poets
- American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
- American Verse Project
- DanteWorlds (NEW)
- Dartmouth Dante Project (NEW)
- Digital Dante
- The Folger Shakespeare Library (NEW)
- Modern American Poetry
- Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
- Representative Poetry Online (NEW)
- Romantic Circles
- Shakespeare for Kids
- William Blake Archive