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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: 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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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

Story Grammar

Story grammars seek to heighten student awareness of the structure of narrative stories. As an instructional technique, teachers use story grammars to help students identify the basic elements of narrative text, including setting, theme, plot, and resolution.
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Research & News

U.S. on Track to Hit 90% Graduation Rate by 2020

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020. This sixth annual update on America's high school dropout challenge shows that these gains have been made possible by raising graduation rates for groups of students that have traditionally struggled to earn a high school diploma.
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