Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Day For Good News: Edublog Awards and a Top Library Blog!

Last night, this blog was named a top five finalist in the librarian/library blog category for the 2011 Edublog Awards. I considered the nomination an honor, (no, I'm not lying, it truly was an honor to be nominated) since the other nominees are an incredible group of teacher-librarians. I'm very fortunate to love my job and  assisting my students and faculty every day. Here is a list of all the winners; this year, the top five in each category will be given a free year’s subscription to Edublogs Pro. SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT to Joyce Valenza (you are awesome) for earning the Lifetime Achievement Award. I'm one of the many people who must have nominated (and voted) for her.

Hey, that was enough great news for one day, right? Well, this evening I received an email telling me that
A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet was just named to the Top 50 School Library Blogs list. Once again, I'm in great company with fellow teacher-librarians Gwyneth Anne Bronwynn JonesShannon McClintock Miller, Buffy Hamilton and Jennifer LaGarde. Congratulations, ladies!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Do You Teach Poetry? Here are 34 Web Sites You'll Love

Acrostic Poems- from ReadWriteThink; interactive

Best Books for Teaching About Poetry- from Education World; for young students

Complete Classics- "10,171 poems from 1,082 classic poets"

Giggle Poetry- humorous children's verse on the Web

Haiku- from PBS Parents; interactive

Handbook of Rhetorical Devices

Instant Poetry Forms- students choose from a list of titles and add their own words to create a poem

Library of Congress Poetry Lessons

Magnetic Poetry for Kids- interactive site

Poem Hunter- 310,931 poems from 24,752 poets

Poetry- from Questia, the world's largest online library resource list

Poetry 180- a poem a day for high school students from the Library of Congress

The Poetry Archive- browse poets and poems

Poetry Class- poetry lessons

Poetry Everywhere- PBS series

Poetry for Kids- you will find games, lessons, contests here, all based on the works of children's poet Kenn Nesbitt.

Poetry Idea Machine- from Scholastic

Poetry Resources for Teachers- long list from TeacherVision; grade levels marked for every item (K-12)

Poetry Teachers- ideas for poetry contests, theater, and activities for the classroom.

Shadow Poetry- definitions for over 100 types of poetry, examples included; also poetry guide

Sonnet Central archive of English sonnets, commentary, links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their works.

Types of Poetry

World of Poetry

This blog began on this site in June 2011 and already has 499 subscribers. I hope that you have found the resources helpful for you in your classroom and continue to spread the word to others about A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet. Thank you for your support!


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