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INBOX is a weekly e-mail wrap-up of the most important stories in English language arts education, ideas for your classroom, and news from NCTE.

Sent each week to NCTE members (to the email address we have on file for you), this e-newsletter is mailed once a month to nonmembers.

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From the Current Issue:

An Open Letter from NCTE President Ernest Morrell
Concerning NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson

Our dear friend and colleague Kent Williamson, Executive Director of NCTE and Director of the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), was recently diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia. Kent received the news shortly after returning home from our nation's capital, where on NCTE's 2014 Advocacy Day he highlighted the release of a new NCLE report titled Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation during a briefing on Capitol Hill.  Read more.

National Poetry Month"Muses and Metaphor" Kicks Off National Poetry Month
Tell Me More, NPR, April 1, 2014

Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era
NCTE celebrates National Poetry Month with #nctechat on Sunday, April 13, at 5:00 p.m. ET. NCTE members Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) and Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz) are guest hosts.

Teaching Idea:  In 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, author Eileen Murphy Buckley challenges us to "rebrand poetry as a really good academic writing activity as opposed to a fun thing to do after testing in the spring." In this chapter, she demonstrates how poetry offers an opportunity to model how one can move from a close reading to compelling conversations that then lead to academic writing. Of particular interest are the student handouts to help in both summarizing and making claims.

Online Event:  For more ideas on how to create structures for collaborative conversations in which students learn the rules for conversations, use evidence in their arguments, and critically analyze the topic at hand, join Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey in an information-packed session on Monday, April 14, 4:00 p.m. ET. Space is limited so reserve a seat for your school group today.

Ideas from English Journal & ReadWriteThink:  "Poetry in Science" describes how a seventh-grade teacher incorporated poetry writing into her science class, helping students to learn the science material and helping the teacher to evaluate the students' knowledge. This Community Story shares how the's poetry tools and lessons helped a teacher see a variety of ways students could write poetry, including in the science classroom.



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