Patterning Poetry with Hughes

 Patterning Poetry Looking for a poem to evoke conversation and to practice patterning?                              “Dayrbeak in Alabama” by Langston Hughes is an excellent poem for any grade because it subtly addresses current social and political issues of diversity, it demonstrates the use of similes and an extended metaphor, and appeals to the…

African-American History and Ellison

Some people believe that fiction reflects the social, economic and political incident or events experienced or observed by the authors. Taking a little time to explore the life and times of Ralph Ellison may help your students see why this comment may be true about the author of Invisible Man.…

Non-fiction Books

Age Appropriate Non-fiction We've been urged to include more and more non-fiction on our reading lists.  Not sure what's out there?  Check out the ReadWriteThink site that includes a Text Message podcast with recommendations that may interest you and your adolescent readers.  Below is the link and the posting. What…