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Greg McVerry

Published a podcast. Today's episode "Forgotten Forevers" a wondering what happens when they are gone.

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Good Poem Danny! Writing about things you can see is a great way to find ideas for poetry.

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Read Monument: Poems New and Selected

As momuments of white supremacy get torn down while Trump shouts their virture I thought it a good time to return to Natatsha Trethewey's collection :Monument"

Natasha Trethewey paints the past in brutal truths. Her collection of new and curated poems in Tretheway's skills as a historian of humanity. As she notes "Why is everything I see the past / I’ve tried to forget?"

Often Trethewey shines the light of her stanza onto corners of history we have forgotten. these stories usually revolve around Mississippi where she grew up the child of biracial parents, Trethewey's mother who her stepfathered murdered, and deep seeded racism.

Through this lens Trethweay tells the story of the help, the dock workers, those forgottten during Katrina. She also finds historical artifacts such as piantings or the Raceclassification system used in Mexico.

The title poem, Monument, has all the ingredients of perfection. Trethewey describes the industry of ants on her front porch and then transporting to her mother's grave. The same technique, connecting these memories in the mundane opens the collection "Limen" were Trethewey finds her mother's reflection in the the voice of a woordpecker.

Trethewey then uses documentary poetry with artifacts such as journals and photographs.

Bellocq's Opehelia, for example, a previously published set, describes a photograph from 1912. Many of the poems have dates allowing ghosts to linger in stanzas of untold truth.

Listen to Monument


By Natasha Trethewey

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@AnkanaMukherje5 I enjoyed your poem, I enjoy repetition in the final lines of a stanza..may want to play with the last line...sometimes breaking a pattern is the only pattern to matters in poetry.

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I just published today's podcast. Today's work "Coriander Seeds" Follow with RSS or @pocketcast

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Ideas for Digital #literacies lessons #edu407

Make a Podcast Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and

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Make a Podcast

Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and upload the file somewhere.

Use Paper

In my literacy mantra I made a flip book like explanation. I just stacked my phone camera on a bunch of books.

I also do little clip art talks with paper cut outs

You can do "In Plain English" style videos. I always pre write a script. I like to divide it into three columns, the text, me, and ay actions.


Use a Voice Animation Program

Use a Sock Puppet App

This is one of many sock puppets apps on iOS devices that kids love.

Use a text to Speech App

These are fun as all you have to do is type and it gets converted to text. So many uses in the langauge arts classroom.

I made a video about RSS Planets recently for .

Do a Pecha Flickr

You can make a timeline

TimelineJS is a great tool. You turn a Google spreasheet into an interactive multimedia task.

Use Movie Making Apps

So many choices for movie making apps. Yoiu can make book trailers in iOS, short clips in Animoto or try WeVideo on Chrome.

Use an Animation App

There are so many choices on different platforms for animation apps. The key is to remember to enhance your pedagogical goal. What is the animation giving you that just talking to the camera wouldn't? Time is precious.

Use Poetry


More poetry ideas

Make a Website

From a fake Facebook page, movie posters, poems to a Star Wars crawler. You can use ELA content to master the basics of how we read, write, and participate online.

Check out this collection of activities


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Here is today's podcast "Lemonade. Dedicated to all my @WeAreOpenCoop friends. Each of them a tall glass....#writingcommunity

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our 30 day collaborative response poem I went back gathered them all and put them in chronological order by date and time I wonder did I get the poem backwards. What happens too poetry if we read it backwards?

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Read Typewriter Rodeo

I could not put this collection down, still can't. In fact I turn to typewriter rodeo when ever I need a good dose of inspiration to slap me upside the head.

"Typewriter rodeo" tells the tale of four friends who write free improv poetry for people on typewriters. The grup heads out to events and conferences, asks for an idea and then the keys start chomping through history.

The authros gathered their poems and organized them into collections such as "love" "family" "whimsy", and "vunerability" to name a few.

The first time I read the book I followed the laid out theme. Each poem also incudes a bit of back story about the person who requested it. So in the poem "Prince" Sean tells the tale of a middle school girl asking for a poem about Prince after he passed. Turns out Prince helped to shape Sean and in that moment a poem took off.

Sure, they were just songs
  But no
        They were so much more
            A swagger
              A life

Seeing how these improv poems got created by listening to the tales f the audience creates a magical dialectism throughout the book.

On my next read I chose to read by poet. To see if patterns in style emerge (they really don't). I had to start with Jodi.

She wrote a poem Electic Mayhem that defines me. I love her work throughout the book. The poem (you can search it out) could displace my already forgotten Mantra.

Overall I highly recommend this collection of poetry. It inspired our crew to do the poems where we gifted poems to strangers all month long. I love fast poems, just write, and put pen to paper without hesitation.

Your poetry stinks. Totally fine. No one reads it anyway, until they do. The hands of the typewriter rodeo remind us of this lesson.

By Jodi Egerton, David Fruchter, Kerri Ann Holt, Sean Petrie

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Just published today's podcast. Today's work: "One Answer" follow through RSS or on @pocketcast


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