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Langston Hughes, Singing America: Thoughts on Authorship and the Importance of Black History Month

“I, too, sing America,” wrote Langston Hughes in the opening lines of one his most memorable poems, “I, Too.” In this line, Hughes forces a conversation about his place in American poetry by calling out one of the fathers of America...

Bette Lee Crosby: The Pros & Cons of Writing a Series

Are you considering writing a series? Here, Bette Lee Crosby offers some of the benefits and challenges of composing more than one novel in the same universe. By Bette Lee Crosby There is little question that series novels have found favor ...

Fun, Hands-on Science Lessons

Science Snacks is a resource that I referenced in my list of ten blog post topics for your school blog. Science Snacks is a resource that provides ideas and directions for hands-on science lessons. Science Snacks features activities that ca...

The #SavePoetry Campaign, by Aaron Poochigian

Today’s guest post from Aaron Poochigian shares his activity with the #SavePoetry campaign. He says, “People should be encouraged to regard reading and hearing poetry as an aesthetic experience similar to listening to a song.” Aaron P...

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Why are you here?

1. Your teacher told you to join this forum for an assignment. No. 2. You’re young, you love writing, and want to see what others think of your work. No. 3. You’re in a career or line of work that requires some expertise in writ...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

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The Hobbit

Have you read Tolkien’s “The Hobbit?” How about The Lord of the Rings? I’d like to know what your experience was like, and what your thoughts are. — I remember reading The Hobbit for the first time in elementar...

Setting Up Effective Group Work

Research supports what we probably already knew about student collaboration: It’s integral to learning. We know that collaboration helps students build their interpersonal and social and emotional skills. We know that students don’t lea...

Getting the Details Right in Your Writing: Myths and Facts About 3 Major Religions

[The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (August 10-12, 2018) offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally.] image from Getty By Jerry Jenkins, Tyler Moss and Brenda Janowitz (respectively) Accurat...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

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