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From the Current Issue:

Celebrating Poetry

April 11, 2017

"Writing in form is a way of developing your thinking – your thinking along with the tradition. In a way, it’s not you alone, it’s you in partnership.” – Marilyn Nelson 2017 NCTE National Poetry Award Winner 
The way Nelson describes writing poetry mirrors the way so many of you think about teaching it. You celebrate the writers who continue to build the tradition like Juan Felipe Herrera and Jacqueline Woodson, and you invite your students to contribute their own voices to its future.
Looking for some fresh inspiration for National Poetry Month? Every week we’re featuringpoems from NCTE journals, written by our members and their students. Below you’ll find links to a book (featuring a free chapter) and a lesson plan for every level on teaching poetry.
  • Book: Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds by Terry Hermsen
  • Resource: “Taking a Sound Hike”  
  • Book: Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom by Jaime Wood
  • Resource: “Color of Silence: Sensory Imagery in Pat Mora’s Poem “Echoes’” 
  • Book: Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing, and Performing Poetry in the English Classroom by John S. O'Connor
  • Resource: “The ABCs of Poetry”  
  • Book: Accent on Meter: A Handbook for Readers of Poetry by Joseph Powell andMark Halperin
  • Resource: “Literary Parodies: Exploring a Writer’s Style through Imitation”  
Looking for more? Check out our resource page

Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick shares a new way for members to engage and connect. Learn about the NCTE Village, share your story, and consider applying to be a Lead Ambassador! Also, check out last week’s Field Notes about an important change we made to acknowledge the varied gender identities of our membership.  



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