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  • Literature Connections with Poetry

    on Apr 18, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    courtesy NEANH

    For the past couple of years, with a push from common core, I have been incorporating poetry into my guided reading groups.  I am teaching students who are reading above grade level, but this activity can be done with any book and any group.  Preparation is the key.  You need to identify the theme of your book and find poems to compliment or match that theme.  Using poetry has opened my students reading genre and allowed me to introduce classics they may otherwise leave unread. While reading stories we talk about theme.   In the beginning

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  • Springful of Poets

    on Apr 11, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    Each spring Lined note pads of Decorated paper from the dollar store Pencils or skinny markers Their choice Became the tools of Second grade poets. Who, Every single spring, Surprised me with their Prowess To paint words Into images Which laughingly, Startlingly Opened my eyes with Delight. Spring Equaled Lucy Calkins’ and Reggie Routman’s Books on my table Supporting my teaching Of looking at our world With fresh eyes and New techniques. No fill-in-the-blank Poetry for us. We learned Repetition is a force, We used it over, And over, And over, And over. We learned

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  • A Poem for National Poetry Month

    on Apr 8, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    Lady Looking At Books Shows Education

    Teachers, I beg you to help me show them: All students deserve the benefits of a poem; You don’t have to teach English to know That students learn from the form and flow That only a poem can provide. Indeed, our creativity comes alive Whenever we’re forced to reason and rhyme; It doesn’t matter which subject you teach A poem allows a student to stand up and reach For the inner-creativity located inside - A place where ideas and dreams coincide. Science, history, special ed, languages, and art Give the students poems a la carte

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  • Celebrate National Poetry Month – Summarize With a Poem

    on Apr 7, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    Teachers of all subjects, grades, and walks of life Don’t treat poetry like you’re holding a knife! This is Poetry month – help it to come alive By using poetry to summarize! How can you use poetry in class this month? Just a few suggestions: Have students work vocabulary words into a poem Have students write a poem to a famous scientist, historical figure, favorite chef, author, or athlete Students can also write a poem from the above listed individual’s vantage point Summarize a new mathematical process in a poem Write your own poem and

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  • Hate the Language of the Common Core? Blame the Adverbs (Angrily)

    on Mar 31, 14 • in Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    I believe the author Stephen King would hate the language of the Common Core State Standards for one reason: unnecessary adverbs. His book On Writing has a section devoted to explaining why The adverb is not your friend. Adverbs … are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They’re the ones that usually end in -ly. Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind. … With adverbs, the writer usually tells us he or she is afraid he/she isn’t expressing himself/herself clearly, that he or she is not getting the point

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