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Using Pop Music to Teach Classic Poetry

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Oct 29, 2013 8:22:09 AM

I spent my first couple of years teaching middle school ELA in downtown Los Angles.  Those years were ripe with the creativity and energy of my own youth.  One of my fondest memories of that time was a hip hop poetry unit from authors Sitomer and Cirelli.  The unit taught poetic devices like imagery, figurative language, and hyperbole with music selections from Tupac, Run DMC, and Eminem along with poems by Frost, Hughes, and Kipling.  My young students identified with the themes and appreciated the cultural relevance of the curriculum.

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Topics: creative writing, poetry, poetry ideas, Poetry, teaching tips

How to Create a Prezi Lesson in Less Than 15 Minutes!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 27, 2013 9:02:55 AM

On Tuesday, I published a prezi video tutorial for teachers that detailed many of the bells and whistles of prezi.com and went through how to create a prezi from scratch.  I think it is important to understand the underpinnings and inner-workings of any tool we use in the classroom, especially if we assign students to make them.  However, I'm also a full-time English teacher and mother with papers to grade, meetings to attend, and blocks to build, so today I created a video that shows how I create a full class period prezi in less than 15 minutes.  My hope is to show you that prezi can seamlessly create multi-media lessons that can be saved and tweaked for future lessons, saving time in the long run.

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Topics: Classroom Tech, Literature, poetry, poetry ideas, Poetry, prezi, tips, Tutorial, video

20 Fun Poetry Projects Your Students Will LOVE!

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Mar 25, 2012 5:46:13 AM

To celebrate National Poetry Month (in April), I thought I would share some fun poetry ideas to get those creative juices flowing! Last year at this time, I posted Thirty Poetry Project Ideas for National Poetry Month, so this year, I thought I would introduce some poetry ideas you may never have tried – or even heard of!

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Topics: creative writing, national poetry month, poems, Poetry, teaching poetry, teaching tips, world poetry day, Writing, writing poetry, writing tips

30 Poetry Project Ideas for Any Time of the Year!

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Apr 1, 2011 2:54:14 PM

Years ago, while sifting through paperwork I happened upon my old “Poem Report,” dated May 24, 1989!  While the memories of working so hard to perfect my original poetry (not to mention my handwriting, since I didn’t own a computer then) came flooding back, I was able to flip through the pages with different eyes at that time—the eyes of a new teacher.  I was blessed to have so many great teachers, and although I never could remember which teacher assigned the Poem Report, I was finally able to honor her by assigning my students their own project to explore great poetry and discover their own inner poet.

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Topics: creative writing, national poetry month, poetry, poetry ideas, poetry projects, Poetry, teaching poetry, Writing, writing tips

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