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Discovering Local and Public Poetry

Posted by: Peter Armenti

As Rebecca Newland, former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, walks around her Washington, D.C., neighborhood, she often encounters vendors selling a local newspaper whose proceeds benefit the homeless of the DC Metro area. Many of the vendors are also writers who mention the page on which their article or poem appears in the issue. This got her thinking about the prevalence of local poetry and ways for us to discover it with our students.

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Thoreau in Concord: Inspiring Discussion and Mindfulness

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Rebecca Newland, former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, participated in a week-long National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop titled "The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau" in July. In this post, she develops two ideas about how to explore the philosophies and work of Thoreau in your classroom or library.

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Thoreau in Concord: Creating a Community of Writers

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. This summer I participated in a week-long National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop titled “The Concord Landscapes and Legacy …

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Reading Poems about Writing

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. It may be the end of National Poetry Month, but it is not too late to bring some poetry into your high school classroom or …

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Turning a Poem into a Play

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Just as watching or acting out a Shakespeare play enables students to access it in ways that reading alone cannot, imagine what insights students may …

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Poetry of Nature

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. In last month’s blog post I discussed how to engage students from different locales in reading and writing “Poetry of the City.” This month, my …

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Poetry of the City

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. The students I work with live in one of the most densely populated, bustling, suburban areas in the United States: Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, …