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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Start your poetry research on our specially designed National Poetry Month landing page. Find out more about ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month in your classroom, library, and home.
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Writing Poetry with English Language Learners

Writing Poetry with English Language Learners

Poetry gives students a chance to play with language and vocabulary. Discover many other poetry forms, and find the approach that works best for your students.
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Using Poetry to Teach Reading

Using Poetry to Teach Reading

This easy-to-read guide to using more poetry in your classroom offers tips for choosing poems, how to manage poetry readings, and how to avoid breaking copyright laws when you copy poems for class.
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 Books About Poets & Poetry

Books About Poets & Poetry

A fictionalized account of the life of Emily Dickinson as a young girl, a guide to poetry forms both familiar and obscure, and an update of the classic poem Casey at the Bat — and more, in our collection of poetry books.
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Video Interview with Margarita Engle

Video Interview with Margarita Engle

In this interview Margarita recounts her childhood memories of Cuba and how her search for her own heritage led to the discovery of these unforgettable heroes and heroines.
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Featured Strategy

Featured Strategy: Inferential Reading

Teaching students to "read inferentially" helps them read more strategically by making connections between their personal experiences and their comprehension of a text. Rather than stopping students during reading to comment on specific points, this strategy focuses on their thinking and how new information reshapes prior knowledge.
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Featured Resource

Integrating Knowledge and Ideas Across Multiple Sources of Information

In this lesson, 11th grade history teacher Joanna Heppeler sets the stage for an ambitious multi-day unit examining four key documents from President Lincoln: his first inaugural address, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the second inaugural address. She helps students draw inferences from Civil War-era photos, cartoons and maps as well as the primary texts.
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Featured Glossary Term

Reader's Theatre

A strategy in which students read story scripts or poetry aloud during an informal skit or performance. In this active approach to reading, a student assumes the role of a character and reads his script aloud. A teacher works with small groups of students to help them read their scripts accurately, fluently, and with proper inflection. This experience can improve a child's reading fluency, comprehension and self-confidence.
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Research & News

Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap

In an 11th-grade English class at Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, Jenny Wellington's students were gathered in a circle debating Henry David Thoreau's positions on personal responsibility. Welcome to student-centered learning at Pittsfield, a grade 7–12 campus in its third year of an innovative approach to education.
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