Poetry, Spring Activities

5 Easy Ways to Teach Poem Analysis

April is one of my favorite months. My tulips start to bud, the weather is warmer, the grass is greener, and the air is fresher. My daughter was also born in April, which really tipped the scales to being one of my top three favorite months. In addition, April is National Poetry Month! Spring is such… Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Teach Poem Analysis

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9 Ways to Help Students Love Poetry

Poetry and spring go together like fresh flowers and rich soil. April is National Poetry Month and as the school year tends to wind down in the spring, it is an excellent time to dive into poetry. I have enjoyed teaching poetry to elementary students all the way to high school seniors during my career. I… Continue reading 9 Ways to Help Students Love Poetry

English Language Arts, Figurative Language, January Activities, Picture Books for Middle School, Picture Books in Middle School, Poetry, What is Mentor Text

5 Winter Picture Books to Teach Figurative Language

In college, my beloved Reading Methods professor read us picture books at the beginning of class. As twenty-something-old college students, we relished those five-ten minutes it took for her to read a book. We could relax, get lost in something other than student teaching hours, seminars, and projects, and just enjoy a good story. When… Continue reading 5 Winter Picture Books to Teach Figurative Language