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Celebrate National Poetry Month

an old fountain pen on a manuscript

By Ángela Padrón

April is National Poetry Month! During this time, booksellers, librarians, parents, teachers, and students read, write and analyze poems while recognizing the literary accomplishments of many poets, both past and present. The Academy of American Poets began National Poetry Month in 1996 to encourage reading poetry in classrooms, to highlight the art of poetry and the legacy and achievements of American poets, and to push for more publications of poetry books.

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The Poetry Takeaway

Anne Silva

By Anne Silva

Poetry Month is almost over, but there’s time for us to talk about one more way that poetry is so important…

Recently, I was learning a little bit about early literacy for my preschooler. (The Every Child Ready to Read program) The lecture I attended was about the concepts of ”Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play” as habits that parents can use to foster early literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, print awareness, background knowledge, vocabulary… the same kinds of things I want my Spanish students to develop!

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Poetry: The Final Frontier

Anne Silva

By Anne Silva

My apologies to all the Trekkies out there, but language learners know that poetry is the REAL “final frontier.”

Hear me out: poetry is unexplored, uncharted territory for someone who is just learning to walk in their new language. Metaphors? Figurative language? Fluid word order, antiquated expressions and neologisms? Jeez. For a language learner, these things might as well be in Klingon, for real.

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