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It’s the New Year! Begin 2018 with poetry that hits Common Core standards and engages students at the same time. The poem “Burning the Old Year” hooks students by first asking them to think of their own lives—and what they would burn from the past
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Too many of us are nervous about teaching poetry--but fear no more! This poetry lesson on Thomas Lux's poem "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" is on a topic that grabs students' attention right from the start--Tarantulas! The lesson itself is relevant,
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Black History Month : Poetry: Praise Song For The Day Inaugural Poem: No Prep! ***A Complete Print-and-Teach Lesson created by Maryann Saylor - Secondary Strategies*** Celebrate Black History Month by Analyzing the Inaugural Poem for President
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A Valentine's Poem that's not mushy! "This Year's Valentin"e is a poem with vivid description, ample images, and effective use of alliteration. Teen students appreciate the lack of over-the-top romance that they sometimes find in other Valentine's
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Poetry : Poem : Mark Doty : A Display of Mackerel Poem Analysis Close Reading Teaching poetry is an enjoyable experience when you are teaching a poem that students want to dig into and you have all of the support material you need at your disposal.
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Teaching students to write the Villanelle can be a daunting task, but this complete lesson makes the job much easier for you and much more manageable for your students. The beauty of the Villanelle comes from its repeating lines, often written in
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Are you looking for a Poem in your Pocket Day activity that’s fun and allows your middle or high school students to share poems with your entire school? Would you like your students to work with poetry during National Poetry Month (or anytime) but
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I'm happy to say that I'm in my 25th year of teaching--all at the same high school in central Pennsylvania. I've taught 9th - 12th graders, spending most of my days with sophomores and juniors. I've also done a great deal of homebound instruction for students who are temporarily out of school for one reason or another. The successes these students saw while enduring their own struggles is inspiring!


I believe in the power of my students to learn and learn and learn, so it is my philosophy to present them with the foundations for their learning and a multitude of opportunities to express that learning--and then to step back and let them have at it. There is always a specific, standards-based, rigorous end in mind, but they are ultimately in charge of their learning--with the best coach on the sidelines I can be.


A recent shining moment: On a recent Friday afternoon just before the bell rang at the end of the day, after sharing several poems by Billy Collins with my students, one self-professed poetry hater said: "Well, I kind of like poetry now!" Talk about a WONDERFUL way to end the week!


San Diego State--I began my education there--as an El. Ed. major. Penn State Harrisburg--Where I earned my undergraduate degree--in Sec. Ed. Humanities. Many, many workshops and courses that have provided new insights and current educational information.


I chuckled during the interview for my current teaching position when I was described as "bicoastal", but I am, indeed, a product of both coasts of the United States. After growing up in California, I moved to Pennsylvania (long story....) and now love this beautiful state. I am--and always will be--a California girl, but Pennsylvania is my home. Do any of you have your heart in more than one place? Contact me:

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