June 11, 2015

Students read and reflect on a poem and on their experiences over the past year, and consider things they've learned or goals they want to set for the coming year.   

September 28, 2014

This lesson uses Hispanic Heritage Month as a jumping off point for discussing how "history" is shaped and what we can do together to include a larger variety of voices and narratives in our study of history.

May 31, 2014

The remarkable poet and writer Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014.  This activity, structured as a circle, invites students to consider Angelou’s poem Still I Rise.  It can be adapted to use in a non-circle format as well. 

July 23, 2011

Our ever-inquiring curriculum writer Alan Shapiro suggests books, articles, and a blog that are sure to sharpen your thinking.

July 23, 2011

Readings (including an abridged dictionary of the war) and activities to encourage critical thinking.

July 23, 2011

Students examine how feelings are expressed in a poem, and then use metaphor to write about their own feelings.

July 23, 2011

An inquiry approach to reading a poem focuses not on text questions but on student questions.