Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important
The Atlantic, April 8, 2014
Check out these ideas from your colleagues for teaching poetry:
• April 13 #nctechat on "Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era" with NCTE members Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) and Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz)
• 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing by NCTE member Eileen Murphy Buckley; see also Eileen's ReadWriteThink.org lesson plans Speaking Poetry: Exploring Sonic Patterns Through Performance and Sonic Patterns: Exploring Poetic Techniques Through Close Reading
• "Poetry and World War II: Creating Community through Content-Area Writing" from Voices from the Middle
Working with Veterans in College Composition
Hear the interview with NCTE members D. Alexis Hart and Mike Edwards this Thursday, April 17, at noon ET, on Higher Ed Talk Radio.
Hart and Edwards chair the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) Veteran Students Task Force, which is charged with conducting research that documents how institutions around the country are doing in response to the influx of veteran students; developing a "Best Practices" document based on the research; drafting a position statement and guidelines for instructors and tutors of college composition to better serve the increasing number of veterans; and thinking critically about the other ways our field can be responsive to the needs of veterans who may not enter our classrooms through the promotion of literacy, language, and writing.
• "An Ethical Obligation": Promising Practices for Student Veterans in College Writing Classrooms (results of a 2011 CCCC Research Grant)
• "Casualties of War: Combat Trauma and the Return of the Combat Veteran": This essay discusses how firsthand accounts of American soldiers can help literature students appreciate how the combat trauma and homecoming experiences of today's soldiers parallel the stories of Homeric heroes.
Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2014
See the video: "How One University Has Achieved Parity in Student Success": The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2014
Serious Reading Takes a Hit from Online Scanning and Skimming, Researchers Say
The Washington Post, April 6, 2014
. . . Literary Notes
"Book News: A Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri": The Two-Way blog, NPR.org, April 15, 2014
"Grapes of Wrath Is 75, but Its Depictions of Poverty Are Timeless": Morning Edition, NPR, April 14, 2014
Looking to Chat about the Book? Check out "Last Book Club Meeting: Grapes of Wrath Turns 75. Let's Discuss" as the #NPRGrapes book club ends and invites your conversation. Monkey See blog, NPR.org, April 14, 2014
See also Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project from ReadWriteThink.org.
Captain Underpants, Bluest Eye, Top ALA List of Most Challenged Books
Curriculum Matters blog, Education Week, April 14, 2014
Banning Books Hurts Students
Walt Gardner's Reality Check blog, Education Week, April 7, 2014
Finally, these North Carolina students (see photo at right) get to read Isabel Allende's House of the Spirits which was removed in November and finally returned to the class at the end of March.
Speak Up: The Current State of Digital Learning
Read the report. eSchool News, April 11, 2014
How Are Students' Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?
Mind/Shift blog, KQED.org, March 31, 2014
NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment
Celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Children's Day/Book Day Is April 30
El día de los niños/El día de los libros was created under the leadership of author Pat Mora in 1996. Read about Mora and the history of Día.
In "The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children," the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association describes El día de los niños/El día de los libros as "a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." The article highlights programs at local libraries.
Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman, in the Talking Points article "Connecting Students to Culturally Relevant Texts," argue the importance of providing students with culturally relevant books and discuss their criteria for deciding if a book is culturally relevant to a particular child.
Find classroom activities and other resources for celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros on the ReadWriteThink.org website calendar entry.