The National Education Association has a lesson plan that features this blog! Apparently the plan is based on the lesson found at Education World dot com. The plan is to "Create a Poetry Calendar," and it is recommended for students in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The NEA lesson includes a link to this blog in its Materials section. The Education World lesson includes links to the Waterboro Public Library (which I used when I started this blog), to the wonderful The Writer's Almanac and also to Books and Writers which is a site I am only now learning of. Another good site for birthdays of literary figures is the Library Booklists which is done by Molly Williams who used to compile the literary birthdays for the Waterboro Library site. The following is a selection from the (NEA) lesson plan:
- research print and online resources to learn about five famous poets born in a particular month;
- read 1-2 poems by each of the five poets;
- create a school-year calendar based on the work of famous poets; and,
- work together to choose a cover design for the calendar.
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