Congratulations to Anna J. Small Roseboro, the California Association of Teachers of English 2009 Distinguished Service Award winner. In our profession, so much is required in order to be everything our students deserve. The demands are great; this is no career for the uncommitted. Teaching well takes diligence, knowledge, passion, energy, flexibility, and skill. More »
My first book of Historical Fiction is due for release June 20, 2015
Angie and Ken who have just completed their first year of college, are committed to earning their degrees without the distraction of dating, but when they meet on Zion’s Hill, at their church camp meeting that August of 1963, they experience a strong attraction. During that week of camp, each is torn. They reflect on funny, frank and fanciful experiences of their youth that helped shaped them into the goal driven college students they are today. Should they listen to their hearts? Must they avoid one another to reach the goal of finishing college? Can they trust that it is God leading them to one another now? Funny, frank and fanciful experiences of their youth will influence their choices. By the end of the week, each must make a decision. What will it be? (Pre-order in Kindle or Print Copy)
Susan J. Osborn, the illustrator and I taught in California together for years and she collaborated with me to create the colored pencil cover design and pen and pen and ink graphics for the inside. See her other work at Osborn Art.
Looking for a way to engage students to create a POETRY-Notebook that showcases their learning about poetry and other English Language Arts skills and completing a product/performance assignment that reflects your instruction to meet COMMON CORE STANDARDS. This poetry notebook assignment combines research, analysis based on strategies you’re teaching, such as Poetry T.I.M.E., and allows for student choice about a poet, http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/?attachment_id=5208including poems they write as patterns and as original compositions, and those they choose to recite on celebration day!
I invite you to see in my books (on right) with strategies for teaching POETRY T.I.M.E.. Chapter 7 is “Taking T.I.M.E for Poetry” and Chapter 8 is “Versing Life Together” You’ll like this approach particularly because there is a timeline with due dates for sections of the assignment to be submitted for grading early, so you’ll not be overwhelmed with pounds of notebooks and hours of grading at the end of the unit. Missed the link? Here it is again: POETRY NOTEBOOK
How are you going to celebrate in 2015?
“What you learn through reading and writing poetry will stay with you throughout your life,” Michelle Obama said in a statement about a national initiative to support the study of poetry. “It will spark your imagination and broaden your horizons and even help your performance in the classroom.”
Introduce POETRY MONTH this year by sharing Billy Collin’s poem, “INTRODUCING POETRY” or by reading Naoshi Koriyama’s poem an”Unfolding Bud” and showing a video clip of budding flowers to remind students that it sometimes takes T.I.M.E. for their understanding of a poem to blossom. Then, play the video once or twice again and invite students write their own poetic response to viewing these lovely flowers. Your students may see the images as symbolic of relationships, historical or current events, characters in literature or people they know. Consider writing along with the class and then share your poem with your students. Click here for links to April is Poetry Month page on this site.
Poetry and the Common Core: Poetry Foundation Exemplars for All Grades
Here are websites suggested by other educators:
There also is a Digital Write-Able It offers you a space online to write a poem that you can put in your pocket.
Tom Worthen Smithfield says, “There are thousands of free poetry lesson plans available at Poetic Power . The website allows you to select your grade range and desired category for teaching. This is a great resource for teaching students how to write and create poetry.”
Cynthia Roberson recommends The NY Times Learning Network -Poetry Pairings - Pair a poem to NY Times News Article. What a great way to teach poetry and non-fiction reading at the same time!
First Lady, Michelle Obama launched The National Student Poets program created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, of which the first lady is honorary chair, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a partnership with nonprofit group, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Even if you’ve never taught poetry before, teach high school or college, the resources here on this website and ideas in my books TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS: Incorporating Twenty-First Century Literacies (2010) and TEACHING READING IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Common Core and More (2013) or TEACHING WRITING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Common Core and More (2013)can help you prepare your students to participate actively in local, state, and national program supporting student poets. See particularly “Taking T.I.M.E. to Teach Poetry” and “Versing Life Together”.
Search the Language Arts Resources Tab where you’ll find ideas for poetry projects, poetry notebooks, patterning and performing poetry, writing meaty personal essays about poems, and also ways to grade students’ original poems.
Here link to lesson”Preparing to Teach Poetry” presented at GVSU March 10, 2015 and based on Poetry T.I.M.E. described in TEACHING READING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Common Core and More (2013) and TEACHING WRITING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Common Core and More (2013).