The Academy of American Poets hopes to give teachers in all content areas multiple opportunities to integrate poetry into their instruction with Teach This Poem, a new, free weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. The new initiative, which begins September 2, expands on the Academy’s existing Poem-a-Day, an online syndicated series featuring previously unpublished poems, which has been running since 2006. The Academy created the new resource to build upon the lesson plans already available on its website and to give teachers a version of Poem-a-Day for students. The new poetry series is best suited for students in grade 4–12. The activities that accompany the poems provide multiple entry points for doing close readings on poems with students. In addition to sending the weekly emails, the Academy will also post and archive the poems and activities on its website. The Academy’s website also provides a useful glossary that introduces poetic terms and devices.
I am an ELL teacher at a public high school. Of the 1,200 students who attend, about 150 of them are refugee and immigrant students who come from more than 20 countries, including Nepal, Liberia, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam, and Mexico. I have a mix of ninth to twelfth graders in all classes. I emphasize writing and speaking in the curriculum through an intensive writing and public speaking project called Journey to America.
The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference
How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference is your chance to learn how to create and grow a thriving culture of literacy in your school, district, and community—one that not only inspires and empowers students and teachers, but also sets them up for greater success. ILA 2019 offers two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles; two optional additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics; and a well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community. Visit ilaconference.org to register.
Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading involves constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief introduction; Why?—benefits of the engagement; Who?—students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/SteppingBack—concluding the engagement; How’s It Going?—informal assessment; and Sources for more information. With helpful tips, photos, callouts for additional resources found at scholastic.com/ReadingRevealedResources, an appendix of forms, and lists of professional titles and children’s literature, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.