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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 19
    Poet and author Pat Mora was born on this day in 1942.
    Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in 1872.
    Students read one of Dunbar's most famous poems and explore how critical excerpts shape their understanding.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25
    Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.
    Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 26
    Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.
    Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 28
    Poet William Blake was born in 1757.
    As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Put That on the List: Collaboratively Writing a Catalog Poem
    Using the structure of a list poem, students combine creative expression with poetic techniques and language exploration in order to write group poems about what really matters in their lives.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Put That on the List: Independently Writing a Catalog Poem
    In this follow-up to writing collaborative catalog poems, students write individual catalog poems about what really matters in their lives, based on Carver's poem "The Car."
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Reading Literature in Translation: Beowulf as a Case Study
    Using several translations of the same passage of Beowulf, this lesson introduces students to the idea that translation is not an objective practice, but that it involves "imaginative reconstruction."
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 4
    Richard Wright was born in 1908.
    Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.

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