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Home, Run

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Halve a Heart

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Oh, Guitar!

Celebrating Love: The Evolution of a Sonnet

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I started class last week asking my students, “What is happening next week?” They replied “Valentine’s Day!”, in what was pretty close to unison. It took me back to the […]

Oh, Guitar!

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Personification is when you treat non-human things as if they were people. “The weeping of the guitar begins” opens Federico Garcia Lorca‘s “The Guitar,” and one of the first questions […]

Sleepy Poems @ Darwin

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This week we read Li Po’s “Quiet Night Thoughts,” a great poem for setting a scene and sharing one’s quiet thoughts. Enjoy! Ms. Garcia 2nd Grade Untitled Christopher R. yo […]

Sleepy Poems @ Moos

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This week we read Li Po’s “Quiet Night Thoughts,” a great poem for setting a scene and sharing one’s quiet thoughts. Enjoy!   Ms. Willis 3rd Grade Moonlight Kimyatta F. […]

Sleepy Poems @ Avondale Logandale

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This week we read Li Po’s “Quiet Night Thoughts,” a great poem for setting a scene and sharing one’s quiet thoughts. Enjoy!   Ms. Lozada 4th Grade The Best Night […]

Odes for You Tour Co-Sponsored by Poetry Center of Chicago

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Friday, February 10 – 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Women & Children First Bookstore 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640   Join us for The Odes For You tour, […]

On Dreams: Formed and Free

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On the heels of Langston Hughes’ birthday, I thought we would revisit his work. I brought in two poems about dreams: One, Hughes’ The Dream Keeper and Christina Rosetti’s Mirage. […]

Shadow of a Doubt

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This week we read “The Wings of Daylight” by W. S. Merwin. It’s a seemingly straightforward poem word-wise, which a number of students pointed out; but while it uses simple […]

‘Like’ me: Simile and List Poems #2

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This week I used the poem, Sweet Like A Crow by Michael Ondaatje, as a jumping off point to discus Simile, Epigraph, and Dedication in poetry.  Students were then asked […]

Picture This

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We settled into our groove for the second week of poetry by reading and discussing Afaa Michael Weaver‘s “Self-Portrait.” There’s a lot of sophisticated language in the poem, and I […]