Introducing Students to Poetry through the Work of Emily Dickinson

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. Sometimes just the look of a long poem intimidates students. One way to ease their misgivings may be to present poems that are visually brief, […]

First Impressions: Poetry at the Beginning of the Year

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. Welcome back to another year of the “Teacher’s Corner”! I am excited to share more ideas and suggestions for engaging students at all levels with […]

A Look at Alexander Hamilton’s Saucy, Religious, Sentimental Poetry

Alexander Hamilton—the first treasury secretary of the United States—was a man whose prodigious intellect and capacity for hard work may have been matched only by the magnitude of his written output. As noted in Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton, the scholarly editions of Hamilton’s personal, political, legal, and business papers amount to 32 volumes […]

Poetry Set to Music: A Collaborative Opportunity

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. One possible way to engage students with poetry is to explore poems that have been set to music. Consider collaborating with music teachers in your […]