Poetry Lesson: The Ode

If you’re needing an easy and fun poem form to explore with your students, definitely add the ode to your list of upcoming poem ideas. Discuss the form and its classical roots, but then shift the focus to the contemporary form so students can readily apply it to their experiences.

My Top 10 Posts of 2021

I’ve compiled this post to put into one place my most-read posts of 2021. I hope you find these helpful, and I really hope you’ll skim through these titles and make sure you haven’t missed any that will help you be a more effective and confident teacher in 2022.

Sketchnotes: The Great Gatsby & Rhapsody in Blue

My students experienced George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the last class period before Christmas break. It’s a great Jazz Age musical tie-in with The Great Gatsby.