April 13, 2013See All Newsletters
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Hi Member,
With April comes one of my favorite celebrations of the school year: National Poetry Month. I love the influx of verse as they grace homepages and emails. I look forward to hearing about local poetry events across the country and revisiting some of my favorite poets (one of whom you can find here on Teaching Channel – Taylor Mali).

Perhaps one of the tenets of this month-long tribute is that poetry, indeed, is for everyone. Whether it’s the haiku you leave in your child’s lunch bag, the metaphor on the billboard as you drive to work, or the poetic language even sportscasters boast as they describe feats of great athleticism, poetry is part of our lives because it connects us when words just aren’t enough.

And when could words ever be enough when talking about love? In this week’s featured lesson, join me and my students as we dive into Shakespeare’s poetic language of love, and then use it to talk back to the Bard’s Twelfth Night characters.

Soliloquy to Love

P.S. If you'd like to watch each full day of this lesson, here are the links to Day One and Day Two.
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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