Literacy and Me

April is National Poetry Month.  Inspired by Luanne at Writer Site, who listed her poetry-related goals for the month, I have composed a few of my own.

  1. Subscribe to “Poem a Day” on my email. I did this some time back, and during April, I will be faithful about reading each poem each day, not binge reading them on weekends.
  2. At each of the four class sessions of my Advanced Writing classes, I will open the class with something poetic in nature, either read and discuss a poem or have the students write a poem.  They have already written one poem (or at least had that option, which most of them chose; some wrote an essay instead) this semester.
  3. Hone my limerick writing skills to be able to write a limerick for any occasion/situation. I have been working on this for a couple of weeks and am having fun!
  4. To…

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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