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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

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

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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Strengthen Your Friendships with a Friendship Journal

Strengthen Your Friendships with a Friendship Journal

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Jonathan and David. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry. Calvin and Hobbes. How special those friendships are to one another!

The Bible has a lot to say about friendships. It warns us against foolish ones: “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character” (I Corinthians 15:33). Scripture encourages us that a “friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).

Friendship is important to God. How important is friendship to you?

If we want to make new friends, we have to show ourselves friendly. As Dale Carnegie, the famous philanthropist revealed, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” That’s a challenge in a new group or situation, isn’t it?

Whether you have a new friend or a friend you’ve known since kindergarten, communication is important to the relationship.

A fun way to keep communication open is with a friendship journal. It’s a simple concept: You both answer a question in a journal and share your journal back and forth. You can make your own journal from a spiral-bound notebook or make your own book.

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Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

Full Steam Ahead: Steam Power in Ancient Roman Days?

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We like to think we’re fairly intelligent today, but did you know that the ancient Greeks and Romans harnessed the power of steam and wind 2,000 years ago?

Your students will enjoy these three prompts based on history and technology as they contemplate Hero of Alexandria, an ancient Thomas Edison, and how his inventions might have changed the world.

Random fact: Did you know that Hero invented the first vending machine? Patrons put in a coin and received holy water from his machine!

This week we’ve included plenty of links so your students can dig more deeply into these topics, if they wish.

Geared for middle – high school students.

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Have you downloaded your free samples yet?

Have you downloaded your free samples yet?

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Do you ever wish you could look at a course before you buy it? Would you like to try out a lesson or two with your students to see if the course is a keeper?

We have many free samples of our courses that you can download today. Get a feel for how we teach and what your students will learn. Pour over the table of contents to check out the full content of the course.

Simply click on the book cover to go to that page for your free samples and lessons. Enjoy!

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Brrr! Writing Prompts for Winter

Brrr! Writing Prompts for Winter

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Snow-softened landscape. Frozen lakes. Sledding. Hot chocolate.

Blizzards. Ice-slick streets. Cancellations.

Winter—it’s all in there. Here are a few prompts about winter that your students will enjoy, giving them a chance to write their opinions, a short story, a TV script, and more.

Just right for your 5th – 12th graders.

 

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10 Personal Writing Prompts Students Will Actually Enjoy

10 Personal Writing Prompts Students Will Actually Enjoy

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Why should students write about themselves?

Reluctant writers are more apt to write about themselves and their experiences. Intrapersonal learners have their finger on the pulse of their hearts and thoughts, and they delight in journaling. And all writers enjoy a break from essays to splash around in personal writing from time to time.

Designed especially for 5th – 12th graders.

Dipping toes into water now . . .

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