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April in National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the perfect time to include poetry in the curriculum and encourage students to explore American poets. Here are ideas to help students develop a love of verse.

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Novels in Verse

Novels in Verse

The novel in verse continues to grow in popularity. Largely for the tween and young teen audience, the plots can be as varied as prose. Here are some of the best from the last few years.

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Introducing and Reading Poetry with ELLs

Introducing and Reading Poetry with ELLs

Poetry is so versatile, which makes it a great form to use in the ELL classroom. Learn how to introduce poetry to ELLs and integrate it with reading instruction.

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10 Ways to Use Poetry in Your Classroom

10 Ways to Use Poetry in Your Classroom

From exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading and writing lessons.

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Enchanted Air: Meet Margarita Engle

Enchanted Air: An Interview with Margarita Engle

Meet the award-winning author and poet whose novels written in free verse have brought to life fascinating and often forgotten characters from history.

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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Seed Discussion

A Seed Discussion is a two-part strategy used to teach students how to actively engage in discussions about assigned readings. In the first part, students read selected text and identify "seeds" or key concepts of a passage which may need additional explanation. In the second part, students work in small groups to present their "seeds" to one another. Each "seed" should be thoroughly discussed before moving on to the next.
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Story Shares: Story of the Year Contest!

Our friends at Story Shares have launched their 2018 Story of the Year writing contest! $10,000 in prizes across 3 categories, unlimited FREE submissions, and a large network of readers waiting eagerly to read YOUR stories! *Every* writer who is able to craft a compelling story within the framework of their unique guidelines will have the opportunity to see his/her work published!
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Blog: School Matters

Drama in a School Conference Room

In Steubenville, Ohio, I experienced a truly memorable moment. It was in an ordinary school conference room, the kind of room where a principal might meet with a student's family. On this particular day it was jammed with teachers and administrators from all over the district…
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Featured Glossary Term


A letter or letter combination that spells a single phoneme. In English, a grapheme may be one, two, three, or four letters, such as e, ei, igh, or eigh.
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Research & News

Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning
The New York Times

A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School
The New York Times

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