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Discovering Memory: Li-Young Lee’s Poem “Mnemonic” and the Brain

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Discovering Memory: Li-Young Lee’s Poem “Mnemonic” and the Brain

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 18

In 1931, Toni Morrison was born.

After retelling a familiar fable, students discover the differences in one of Morrison's retellings of a fable.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May!

Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom

Jaime Wood offers middle school English language arts teachers material for teaching poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Li-Young Lee, and Pat Mora; the text includes graphic organizers and other resources.


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