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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Reading Literature in Translation: Beowulf as a Case Study
    Using several translations of the same passage of Beowulf, this lesson introduces students to the idea that translation is not an objective practice, but that it involves "imaginative reconstruction."
  3. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Reading on the Go
    In this Strategy Guide, learn how to prepare yourself and your students for reading and note-taking in mobile environments.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Responding to Tragedy: Then and Now
    After reading several poets' personal responses to the September 11th terrorist attacks, students write a "then and now" poem that puts their early memories of the event in conversation with their current understanding of and response to the tragedy.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 4
    Richard Wright was born in 1908.
    Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose
    RWT Stapleless Book
    The Stapleless Book app is designed to allow users to create with ease an eight-page book simply by folding and cutting. Students can choose from several different layouts for the pages of their books.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Activity & Project
    School Day Extension
    Use the Word Mover mobile app to bring school home! A printout from school is used to generate a word bank and then create story or poem, which a child uses to "teach" a concept to a family member or caregiver.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 9
    Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.
    Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13
    Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.
    Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Send a Smile: Make a Card for a Special Occasion
    Everyone loves getting a greeting card, especially if it's homemade. Make a funny or thoughtful greeting card or invitation with pictures and a poem, joke, or riddle.

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