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Katherine Bomer on Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poems Are Teachers

Poems Are Teachers

Amy’s grand title, Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres, names the promise of this book, and every ravishing word thereafter supports that thesis and never lets us down. Amy convinces us that devoting time to deep study and practice of the specific features and techniques of poetry will elevate any type of prose, and we should determine to make plenty of space for poem reading and writing in our classrooms.

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Teacher Appreciation: Katherine Bomer Thanks a Very Special Mentor

When Katherine Bomer was a young teacher she met Lucy Calkins who became her mentor, professional developer and showed Katherine to believe in the power of children's writing. 

Katherine Bomer is the author of The Journey is Everything

 

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Katherine Bomer, The Journey is Everything

The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer

What comes to mind when you think about the traditional 5-paragraph essay? Do you cringe? Sadly, many students only know “essay” as a 5-paragraph, tightly structured writing assignment that must check all the boxes of a standardized formula. How did essays in school get so far away from essays in the world? In her newest book, The Journey is Everything, Katherine Bomer makes a case for the benefits of authentic essay writing that breaks free of the 5-paragraph formula used in most middle and high school English classes. 

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for May 15–21

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Time for another link round-up! A reminder that there's an email subscription form at the bottom of this post, so you can get the Heinemann Link Round-Up delivered to your inbox every week.

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Why Essay, Why Now?

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Adapted from the introduction to The Journey Is Everything, the newest book by Katherine Bomer.

By Katherine Bomer

Whole generations of adults fear writing because they grew up in schools thinking writing means sentence diagrams, penmanship, spelling, and proper placement of that darn thesis statement. Our students deserve better than this. They need essays to help them think in reflective, open-minded ways, to stir their emotions, teach them about life, and move them to want to change the world. And now more than ever, with the hyperattention paid to preparing students for college and careers, young people need practice in finding subjects of interest and passion to write about. They need lessons that show them how to think deeply about these topics and how to write about them in compelling ways.

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