Are you ready for Poetry Month? Have you been dreaming in verse? Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is celebrated every April by schools and communities across the country with events, festivals, and readings. How will you celebrate this year? Here are a few ideas!
Project ED is challenging students (ages 13 and older) to rap at least the first six verses of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” Students will submit a video of their performance to the Project ED website and have a chance to win up to $1500 and have their video showcased on Rap Genius. The deadline is March 20th. Visit Project ED for rules and how to submit.
(Not sure if you’ve read or heard “The Raven” before? Check out this YouTube video of Christopher Walken reading it.)
If rap is not your thing, check out the Poet-to-Poet Project from the Academy of American Poets. The Poet-to-Poet Project asks students to watch videos of those who serve on the American Academy of Poets Board of Chancellors (like Jane Hirschfield and Naomi Shihab Nye) reading and discussing their poems – and then challenges student to write a poem in response. The deadline is April 30th. Winning poems will be published by Poets.org in May 2014. Check out Poets.org for the videos and for more information.
For more ideas on how to celebrate National Poetry Month, check out 30 Way to Celebrate on Poets.org.
Lots and lots of books. Munford’s 9th grade class is hard at work today in the library.
“What does the way you speak say about where you’re from?”
Because it’s Friday (and the last day of exams!) take this Dialect Quiz from the New York Times and see where you end up!
Then swing by the Library and grab a book featuring a dialect different than yours. Have you read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Their Eyes Were Watching God? Song of Solomon? As I Lay Dying?