Meet the Poet Who Inspired Beyoncé

ARTS Beyoncé’s latest album is full of heartbreak, jealousy—and quiet poetry. Meet the young woman who is credited second only to Queen Bey on Lemonade. (BBC) Just in time for National Poetry Month, browse through more verse with our collection of content about poems, poets, and poetry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Warning: The poem analyzed … Continue reading Meet the Poet Who Inspired Beyoncé

Has Shakespeare Lost his Head?

ARCHAEOLOGY Folklore has long claimed that in 1794, a doctor robbed Shakespeare’s grave and made off with his head—perhaps to win a bet. Archaeologists have now discovered evidence that the tall tale may have some truth. (The New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about Shakespeare’s relevance today and the Britain of his day. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading Has Shakespeare Lost his Head?

Educator Spotlight: Inspiring Global Readers

Marleen Spierings, this week’s Educator of the Week, inspires her students to be global readers by introducing them to English literature lessons and teachers from around the world. Marleen is an English teacher at Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest near The Hague, Netherlands. Activity: “Why Metaphor?” (YMeta4) Grade Level: 9-12 Time Commitment: 3 Months This project aims to improve students’ understanding of literary devices and empowers them … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Inspiring Global Readers

‘Banned Books Week’ Champions Challenged Literature

UNITED STATES Upwards of 11,300 books have been challenged for content that some consider to be offensive, according to the American Library Association. Books featuring teen Native Americans, on-the-run alien lovers, gay penguins, and middle-school theater geeks topped the latest list. (CNN) Have you read any of this year’s most-challenged books? Take our polls and tell us about it! Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading ‘Banned Books Week’ Champions Challenged Literature

Poetry Map Reveals a City’s Inner World

ARTS A new digital poetry map from the Toronto Public Library links city neighborhoods to the verse that has been written about them. (Toronto Star) Celebrate National Library Week and National Poetry Month with our diverse collection of of content about poems, poets, and poetry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to the Toronto Poetry Map and today’s … Continue reading Poetry Map Reveals a City’s Inner World