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  • Google Exodus: A mash-up showing Moses' social media skills | YouTube » http://hoki.es/giXZc8 (Thanks to Risa Gorelick-Ollom for the link) #
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Releases Report Proving Public Media Boosts Early Literacy in Children http://hoki.es/gynzqg #
  • New Issue: TheJUMP v2.2 – Talking Points | The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects » http://hoki.es/hHvB9E #
  • A Thousand Blog Posts for NWP: A Letter to Washington, DC – National Writing Project http://hoki.es/dTYND7 #
  • Classroom Confrontation Over Student's Laptop Use Leads to Professor's Arrest – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/glz66N #
  • Teaching Digital Writing: More Than Blogs and Wikis | Education Week: http://hoki.es/fGir2K Monday, April 4, 4 p.m. Eastern time #
  • Key Congressman Likens Pell Grants to Welfare – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/etdWQv #
  • Recent Scholarship about Open Access Publishing – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/gIJXk1 #
  • Nancy Barile: The Read-A-Thon | Classroom Solutions http://hoki.es/gsTvTv #
  • Google Starts Science Fair, Pitching Products to Students – NYTimes.com http://hoki.es/fYZcOr #
  • A Grade-athon to Teach about teachers – LancasterOnline.com News http://hoki.es/hU2Jcu #
  • What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School? | ReadWriteWeb » http://hoki.es/gKp8bg #
  • Steinbeck’s ‘Travels With Charley’ Gets a Fact-Checking – NYTimes.com http://hoki.es/ia50FB #
  • Lesson plans and activities for April 3 to 9 on ReadWriteThink: http://hoki.es/ggfch6 #
  • Should professors be political? – The Washington Post http://hoki.es/emiykl #

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April 3 to 9 on ReadWriteThink

French Lilac DetailThe first days of April always make me think of the Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and of Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.”

So many April poems, it’s little wonder that April is National Poetry Month. This week, ReadWriteThink has poetry activities, lesson plans, and calendar resources to support you. Have a great week!

New Resources

From the Calendar

Connecting with Other Teachers

If you have feedback or questions about ReadWriteThink, all you have to do is contact us. Have a great week!

[Photo:French Lilac Detail by farlane, on Flickr]

Cake! Bits Flashback for April 3

Chocolate cake sliceThe solution to writer’s block is cake! A round-up of Tips for Fighting Writer’s Block, from the Inside Higher Ed’s University of Venus blog, includes everything from setting rigid deadlines to sitting down for some cake and coffee.

Cake may not be the answer to every problem, but it can’t hurt to give it a try. My suggestion for curing writer’s block? Why not take a break and read one of the new entries posted on Bedford Bits last week?

  • Holly Pappas discusses her techniques to foster a sense of curiosity, inquiry, and wonder in Learning to Ask the Questions.
  • A picture might be worth a thousand words. But words paired with pictures? That’s worth even more! Andrea Lunsford discusses Words . . . and Images, and teaching graphic novels.
  • What role does the Writing Center play in Writing-About-Writing? Blogger Doug Downs explores how tutors contribute to the pedagogical approach in WAWriting Center.
  • What kind of progress students can make in one semester? Barclay Barrios shares another student paper and his comments in More Sample Work: Student Progress.
  • High School Bits blogger Jodi Rice asks why people read literature and what reading will look like in the digital age in Storytelling 2.0.
  • Where does the military get names for their operations? Reflecting on the Operation Odyssey Dawn, Traci Gardner talks about Naming and the Rhetoric of War.
  • Susan Naomi Bernstein reflects on classroom assignments and her own writing in Writing for the Catastrophic Moment.

A Few Extra Reminders

We’re still looking for suggestions. Tell me what you want to know about teaching writing or about using digital tools in the composition classroom by leaving a comment. Your response will help shape upcoming posts.

[Photo: Chocolate cake slice by alexanderward12, on Flickr]

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Write a Poem a Day for National Poetry Month

Magnetic Fridge PoetryApril is National Poetry Month, sponsored by Academy of American Poets and other poetry organizations. ReadWriteThink includes links to poetry lesson plans, websites, and classroom activities on the calendar entry for April 1.

I wondered, however, if we had enough resources on the site to write a different kind of poetry every day. I began with student interactives and then hit the site’s search engine to come up with the list below.

Each day has a link to a different kind of poetry writing, either a specific poetic form, like sonnets or acrostics, or poetry focused on a particular topic, like seasonal haiku or color poems. The materials range in grade levels, but could usually be adapted for any age (even college students).

So here’s the challenge for you and students: I found a different poem for every day of the month. How many different poems can you write?

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1: Acrostic Poems 2: Seasonal Haiku
3: Nonsense Poems 4: Catalog Poems 5: Bio- Poems 6: I-Am Poems 7: Shape Poems 8: Riddle Poems 9: Nursery Rhymes
10: Color Poems 11: Two- Voice Poetry 12: Headline Poems 13: Diamante Poems 14: Rebus Poems 15: Parody Poems 16: One-Sentence Poems
17: Name Poem 18: Magnetic Poetry 19: Letter Poem Creator 20: Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry 21: 5Ws Poems 22: Free Verse 23: Alphabet Poems
24: Concrete Poems 25: Found Poems & Parallel Poems 26: Cinquain Poems 27: Limericks 28: Traditional Sonnets 29: Astronomy Poetry 30: Sports Poetry


Cross-posted to the NCTE Community ReadWriteThink.org Group and the Reading and Language Arts Group on the Thinkfinity Community.


[Photo: Magnetic Fridge Poetry by Minimalist Photography, on Flickr]

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