How to Analyze a Poem in 6 Steps

How to analyze a poem in 6 steps

Happy last week of National Poetry Month! We’re kicking things off this Monday with a few tips for helping your students unpack all that poetry has to offer. Check out these six ways to analyze a poem.

Step One: Read

Have your students read the poem once to themselves and then aloud, all the way through, at LEAST twice. Feel free to play a recording of the poem or show a video of someone reading the poem, too.

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By |April 22nd, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

6 Ways to Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day

As your students’ pockets are lined with their favorite poems in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day, you may be wondering how to put these pocket poems to good use. Here are six creative ways to celebrate this special day that will guarantee National Poetry Month becomes your students’ favorite month of the year.

  1. Organize a “Poems for Pockets” giveaway

DonorsChoose Pick: Buggin’ Out in NOLA

DonorsChoose Pick

One subject in particular has captured the interest of Teach For America alumna Ms. Tolbert’s third grade students at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Primary—science!

Throughout the school year, Ms. Tolbert’s students have exhibited a tremendous amount of growth, which she attributes to their love of learning, curiosity, and grit. She hopes to foster even more growth among her students through interactive activity—specifically, a field trip to the Audubon Nature Center in New Orleans.

4 Easy Poetry Exercises for Your Classroom

4 easy poetry exercises for the classroom

A blank sheet of paper can create a tremendous amount of pressure for even the most seasoned poet. So if your class is having trouble crafting their own poems in honor of National Poetry Month, don’t fret—these easy poetry exercises are sure to get the prose flowing.

1. Mad Libs

Mad libs are a humorous way to engage students and make poetry a little more approachable.  All you have to do is take a famous prose poem and replace each noun and adjective with a blank space. Have your students fill in the spaces with either their own nouns and adjectives, or provide a word bank for them to choose from.

6 Ways Math Teachers Can Answer the Question: “Why Do I Need to Learn This?”

Happy Math Awareness Month! Chances are if you’re a math teacher, you’re probably used to being asked something along the lines of, “why is this important?” or “why do I need to know how to do algebra?”  In our world of standards and tests, I think it is important that we remind ourselves just why we spend so much time learning math, and why we’ve changed the way kids are learning the subject.

1. Math is the great connector in our increasingly global world.

Math is the great connector!

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By |April 15th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

9 Online Poetry Resources for Teachers

9 Online Poetry Resources for Teachers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, here are some of our favorite (free!) online spots where teachers can find what they need to inspire young minds.

Poets.org 

If you’re a primary and secondary teacher looking to bring poems to your classroom, Poets.org is the perfect spot. The site features a great selection of lessons plans that align with Common Core State Standards.

What’s to Love

Teach This Poem: A series featuring a poem a week from their famous online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help K-12.