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10 of Our Favorite Poems About Teaching - WeAreTeachers

10 of Our Favorite Poems About Teaching - WeAreTeachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
These poems about teaching really nail what it's like to work in a classroom. What are your favorite poems about teaching? Please share!
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Why Verse? Poetic Novels for Historical Fiction, Displacement Stories, and Struggling Readers

Why Verse? Poetic Novels for Historical Fiction, Displacement Stories, and Struggling Readers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to write novels in verse, according to author Terry Farish: To reflect a culture’s music and literary heritage; to offer reprises of a language's rhythm; to create a fast pace that mirrors the character’s own ride; to bring the cinematic camera intimately close.
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51 Immigrant Poets – An interactive map on the ‘Muslim ban’ > My poetic side

51 Immigrant Poets – An interactive map on the ‘Muslim ban’ > My poetic side | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"We have put together an interactive map, which features more than 50 immigrant poets. You can click on each number to find out more about the poet in question and their story. The green pointers indicate poets that moved to the U.S. from countries that have now been banned. The blue pointers indicate poets that have moved to the U.S. from other countries. Below, we are going to take a look at some of their stories in further detail, starting with poets that have moved from one of the seven banned countries."
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'First They Came': The Poem of the Protests

'First They Came': The Poem of the Protests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Martin Niemöller’s lines, written just after the Holocaust, argued against apathy—and for the moral connectedness of all people.


TEACHER TIP:

Use an extension like Mercury Reader to generate a clean (w/out profanity and extra sidebars, inserts, etc, more readable font) pdf version of this and other articles before you print and share with students.

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Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,” Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about work ethic and the creative process. 

For this and other animated interviews, visit http://blankonblank.org/

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Ursula K. Le Guin : Late in the Day | Between The Covers

Ursula K. Le Guin : Late in the Day | Between The Covers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new collection of poems (2010–2014) seeks meaning in an ever-connected world, giving voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological. As Le Guin herself states, “science explicates, poetry implicates.” Accordingly, this immersive, tender collection implicates us (in the best sense) in a subjectivity of everyday objects and occurrences. “There is no writer with an imagination as forceful and delicate as Ursula K. Le Guin’s.” —Grace Paley
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Quiz: Are you a poetry buff?

Quiz: Are you a poetry buff? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Are you a Sylvia Plath superfan? An Eliot aficionado? Celebrate World Poetry Day by seeing how much you know.
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National Poetry Month begins today! #NaPoMo–Here’s a list of ways you can participate . . .

National Poetry Month begins today! #NaPoMo–Here’s a list of ways you can participate . . . | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You can "start off your celebration by reading a selection of poems featured on this year’s National Poetry Month poster," via Poets.org.  “A Nameless One” by Margaret Avison “Relax” by Ellen Bass “Design” by Billy Collins “Stuff I probably did and didn’t” by Stephanie Gray “The Act of Counting” by Nathalie Handal “And I in…
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Stuart Kestenbaum named Maine's new poet laureate 

Stuart Kestenbaum named Maine's new poet laureate  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The former director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts replaces Wesley McNair of Mercer, who filled the post for the past five years.
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How a white Indiana poet used a Chinese pseudonym to get published

How a white Indiana poet used a Chinese pseudonym to get published | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Recently, the poetry world became embroiled in a scandal when it was discovered that one of the selections for this year's Best of American Poetry, written by Yi-Fen Chou, was actually from a white guy named Michael Derrick Hudson who used the Yi-Fen Chou pen name.
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124 Recordings of Famous Poets Reading Some of Their Poems

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The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature contains 124 recordings of writers reading some of their poems and other works. Many of the recordings are long (one hour+) interviews with the writers during which they read some of their works.

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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

In honor of National Poetry Month, this article from the NCTE focuses on using poetry to teach students how to craft academic arguments.

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Poetry in the Courtroom

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On Friday, April 7, Judge Andre Davis of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit resorted to a poem by the Palestinian-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye, in an extraordinary opinion praising a young man who fought for his rights—and lost. Judge Davis’s opinion attests to the courage of Gavin Grimm for standing up for his rights, even as the court denied his request for vindication of those rights.
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Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

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Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
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Read poems from the 7 countries affected by Trump's immigration ban

Read poems from the 7 countries affected by Trump's immigration ban | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Monday, Tehran-born poet Kaveh Akbar began tweeting out poetry written by poets from the seven countries -- Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria -- impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans immigrants from those countries.
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Poetic Places

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Poetic Places is a free app for iOS and Android devices and the main outcome of a collaboration between Sarah Cole of TIME/IMAGE and the British Library.

Poetic Places brings poetic depictions of places into the everyday world, helping you to encounter poems and literature in the locations described, accompanied by audiovisual materials drawn from archive collections.
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Halloween Poems and Resources from Poets.org

Halloween Poems and Resources from Poets.org | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Find tricks and treats this Halloween with the following selection of poems featuring haunted houses, goblins, vampires, ghosts, and ghouls, along with a Halloween-inspired lesson plan and essays on poets’ graves, poets’ last words, and more (even costume ideas)!

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The Waste Land Cover Band

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Part one of a series: Endure the "cruellest month" with 5 poets' cover versions of T. S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land." 

Also, if you're on Twitter, be sure to check out #NaPoMo for National Poetry Month.

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

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Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.
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Juan Felipe Herrera Named US Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera Named US Poet Laureate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.
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Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month

Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful. Show students its life and wonder by teasing poems apart with creative strategies for reciting and rewriting.
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National Poetry Month Poetry Dare: Wisława Szymborska's "Vocabulary" -

National Poetry Month Poetry Dare: Wisława Szymborska's "Vocabulary" - | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

For National Poetry Month, dare yourself--and your students--to try reading a poet you've never sampled before.

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