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October 12, 2015

White House Honors Student Poets

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities honored five high school students as the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program.

October 08, 2015

A Plan to Update Shakespeare to Modern English Causes Consternation

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival rocked the literary world at the end of September with a bold announcement: Festival organizers are commissioning the translation of 39 Shakespearean plays into Modern English.

August 28, 2015

Poetry Group Launches Weekly Poem Project for Teachers

Success of another endeavor and teachers' interest inspired the Academy of American Poets to create a program that introduces poetry regardless of discipline.

July 17, 2015

So Do You Teach Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman or What?

Harper Lee's newly released novel, the sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," complicates expectations but provides a goldmine of instructional opportunities for teachers.

July 01, 2015

Calif. Teacher Stirs Controversy by Taking Shakespeare Off Syllabus

The Washington Post published an essay of a California English language arts teacher that caused an uproar after she said Shakespeare's works don't reflect the cultural perspectives her students need to learn.

June 18, 2015

Renowned Educator Rafe Esquith on Suspension From Teaching

The internationally acclaimed teacher was removed from his classroom earlier this year, though circumstances behind the suspension remain murky.

February 24, 2015

New Resource Lets Students Write Letters to Poets, and Maybe Get a Response

The Academy of American Poets has launched a new multimedia feature in which students can watch videos of prominent poets reading from their work and then write letters to the authors in response.

October 30, 2014

National Novel Writing Month Heads Into 16th Year

Starting November 1st, students in more than 2,000 classrooms will take on a major challenge: Write a novel in a month. The Young Writers Program, part of National Novel Writing Month, gives students and teachers the tools to make it happen.

July 15, 2014

Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar

Musician and comedian Weird Al Yankovic has a new video out that might help students appreciate good grammar.

May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou Urged Teachers to 'Go Forward' With Flair, Passion, and Humor

"You are rainbows in the clouds," Maya Angelou told educators at a conference last year. "It delights my heart to encourage you to continue." Angelou, the eminent poet and memoirist, died on Wednesday at age 86.

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