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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in High School Prompts, Middle School Prompts, Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”

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All this month we’re celebrating National Poetry Month with famous poems worth knowing. Be sure to check out the many links at the end of this post for more poetry appreciation and practice!

What is today’s poem? Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees.” Here are the first two lines:

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree

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Explore Poetry with “Birches” by Robert Frost

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Explore Poetry with “Birches” by Robert Frost

Explore Poetry with “Birches” by Robert Frost

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Have you ever come across something unusual and wondered how it got that way?

Robert Frost in his poem “Birches” does just that. He finds some birches in the woods that are bent down and wonders what happened to make them curve down. Did a boy come by and climb them, bending them down? Did an ice storm overwhelm the branches?

Then he remembers swinging on birch trees when he was a youngster, and he misses the little boy he once was. He misses the enjoyment of being young and swinging on birches.

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Focus on Easter with These 7 Spiritual Prompts

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Focus on Easter with These 7 Spiritual Prompts

Focus on Easter with These 7 Spiritual Prompts

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Are you looking for a way to focus your students’ minds and hearts on the meaning of Easter?

Our special Easter prompts will help your students think deeply on the events and meaning of our dear Savior’s death and resurrection.

These 7 prompts are arranged chronologically from Jesus’ Triumphal Entry through Thomas’s epiphany a week after the resurrection.

Included are prompts with poetry, story writing, definitions, opinions, and more.

Suitable for students in grades 7 – 12.
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Use Poetry to Cope with a Traumatic Event

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Use Poetry to Cope with a Traumatic Event

Use Poetry to Cope with a Traumatic Event

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Has something traumatic ever happened to you or your family?

When Anne Bradstreet’s house burned down, she was heartbroken and wrote a poem about it. Read her poem below in which she pours out her grief, her pain upon losing everything, and what she learned from this terrible situation.

What is unusual about this poem is that Anne’s house burned in 1666, at a time when many people did not value poetry and did not take the time or have the time to write it. Also, it is very unusual that a woman of that time would have been recognized as a poet and have her poems published.

Anne was the wife of Simon Bradstreet, a governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Her work became so famous that her poems were printed in London as well. High praise, indeed, for a Puritan woman of that era.

Here’s her poem titled “Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 18th, 1666.” You’ll notice that some of the capitalization and spelling is different from ours today:
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