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Poetry Month, Poetry Friday

Happy National Poetry Month! Have you heard the excited rumblings about The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core? Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, this is an incredible resource for teachers and librarians. Divided into grades, kindergarten through fifth, there are 218 poems by 75 poets

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IRA

I’m getting reading to spend time with some of my favorite people on earth: the educators, old friends and new, whom I’ll meet at the International Reading Association conference on April 19-22. Is it a coincidence that the IRA conference coincides with National Poetry Month? Maybe. Maybe not.             One of my favorite quotes is

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Poetry Friday Anthology 2012

Getting to Friday

I know, I know . . .  summer went by WAAAY too fast. And now, here we are—in that ambivalent back-to-school mode, one foot in August and summertime, the other in September with its autumn leaves, sweaters, and marching bands. What’s a student—or a parent, or a teacher—to do?   May I suggest?: Do your best from

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horse near mountains

A poem’s energy

This is a prose poem I wrote in the Spring several years ago.  I was playing around with the control and release of energy within each line, and I thought this topic lent itself well to that experiment. Observing Horses A man is releasing horses. The tallest gleams like polished mahogany. The smaller one is

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plowed field

Ted is a genius

I hate to admit this, but I cry every time I read the poem Spring Plowing by Ted Kooser: I have no idea why. But I do believe that if you read it slowly enough, and not for content like an email or news article, but give yourself a chance to leave the rational world

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