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Pursue a Passion Project!

How might you use writing to tap into your personal passions? Are you writing a piece that makes you "ache with caring"? And in a chock-full, busy-every-minute life, how can educators find time for writing that is deeply meaningful, with the lens of replicating this experience for students?

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Valentine’s Day Writing + a Book Giveaway

Valentine's Day is on Friday! Consider doing a read aloud to inspire your students to write poems, comic books, or short stories they can give to a special friend or close family member in lieu of a box of chocolates. Here are five books that will inspire primary, upper elementary, and middle school writers to craft writing that expresses heartfelt emotions.

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Behind the Scenes of I Haiku You + a Giveaway

Betsy Snyder shares a behind-the-scenes process for writing and illustrating I Haiku You, her newest picture book published by Random House. Read through her post and then leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book.

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A Poetry Book for Boys

Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds' new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month.  Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with a young male audience in mind.  The nature-related poems by Raczka are enhanced with classic Reynolds illustrations.  The writing and the illustrations are extremely appealing… Continue reading A Poetry Book for Boys


Day in a Sentence

The Coast 93.3 Traffic Report stated that "95 South was a parking lot," so I decided to head north and do some errands in Massachusetts before heading home. That was four hours ago. Therefore, when I saw Kevin's Reminder about Day in a Sentence's Haiku Theme this week, I decided to do something that required… Continue reading Day in a Sentence

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I pulled the grays out but they're sprouting back again they make me feel old. I wrote this after hearing Billy Collins speak last week. I thought it might be good to write a Haiku, especially if I'm going to teach this form to my students this-coming school year. (I've never taught my kids Haiku… Continue reading Haiku

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Advice from Poet Laureate Billy Collins

I heard Poet Laureate Billy Collins speak today at Columbia University's Roone Arledge Auditorium. He was fascinating, funny, and filled with ideas for teachers on how to be better teachers of poetry. Here are some of his tips: * Some good questions to ask kids about poems are: 1. How does this poem go? 2.… Continue reading Advice from Poet Laureate Billy Collins