Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Check out our collection of strategy guides to find effective literacy teaching and learning strategies to use in your classroom.
Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom
by Jaime R. Wood
|Grades||6 – 8|
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.
Wood, Jaime R. 2006. Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 19
Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 7
Using the poem "My First Memory (of Librarians)," students connect memory, their senses, and the language of poetry.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.