It’s National Poetry Month!

Poetry was always a part of every classroom I've taught in. It was integrated into lesson plans with students I tutored. I made sure it had a place in my students' learning, regardless of their age or learning level. Once during independent reading time, a first grader came up to me and said, "I'm reading … Continue reading It’s National Poetry Month!

Spring Words from A to Z

Despite the heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the northeast last week, spring is officially here -- so the calendar says. But the days are longer and lighter, and more signs of spring will soon be on the way: the snow will melt, flowers will  bloom, and the sounds of the woodpeckers and chirping birds will … Continue reading Spring Words from A to Z

Cinquains — A Writing Tool for the Resistant or Adventurous Writer

Today’s post is all about cinquains. What they are and why I love them. A cinquain is a five line poem that follows a specific structure. While there are a few different structures for writing the cinquain, this is one of the more popular ones that I have used with my students:   Now, let’s see some … Continue reading Cinquains — A Writing Tool for the Resistant or Adventurous Writer