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Poetry Friday: Marilyn Nelson, Part II

Poetry pays homage to the dead, sheds light on crimes and injustice, and helps us to explore intense emotions. In Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem (Front Street, 2004), Marilyn Nelson created a requiem to honor “Fortune,” an 18th-century slave who was owned by a bonesetter. Fortune’s bones were illegally preserved to create a skeleton for […]

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Poetry Friday: Marilyn Nelson, Part I

I love discovering cross-curricular implementations of poetry. For example, using poetry to explore history. In celebration of Black History Month, consider exploring the life of historical figure George Washington Carver through poetry. In the Newbery honor-winning biography, Carver: A Life in Poems (Front Street, 2001), poet Marilyn Nelson explores the amazing life of scientist, botanist, inventor, […]

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Poetry Friday: Eloise Greenfield

I encourage you to find poetry in unexpected places—in places beyond books. For example, 80-year-old poet and author Eloise Greenfield reminded me that poetry can be found in rap music. In fact, Eloise found inspiration for her book Nathaniel Talking (Writers & Readers, 1989) when she decided to write a “rap poem.” The character who […]

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Poetry Friday: Carole Boston Weatherford

I love how poetry can aid in revealing human nature. We learn more about the poet, or more about ourselves, or more about what it means to be human.  In Carole Boston Weatherford’s book of poetry, Becoming Billie Holiday (Wordsong, 2008), we can learn, via poetry, about Billie Holiday as a child, teen, and adult. […]

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Poetry Friday: Joyce Carol Thomas

Beginning today, we’ll participate in Poetry Friday every week on the TeachingBooks.net Blog. Poetry Friday is a blogging community dedicated to sharing poets, poems, and poetry resources online.  We are excited to feature special resources from TeachingBooks.net’s extensive collection of online resources about poetry and poets. Encountering a poem when it is read aloud by […]

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