NCTE Haiku: Haiku-A-Day Challenge #10

Image CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 Steve Rotman on Flickr.com I am joining Trina Haase at Trinarrative for a daily haiku challenge this month. I usually write several reflective learning posts about NCTE, but this has been an especially busy semester, and I haven’t had much time for rereading notebooks and sharing my learning since I’ve been back. But…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/14/18

Last week on the blog: Reflections on a month of writing a poem every day A new book gap challenge: diverse children’s and YA mysteries In reading: Vera Brosgol’s new graphic novel, Be Prepared, is the autobiographical story of ten-year-old Vera’s brilliant idea to fit in: attend Russian summer camp. Only she doesn’t really fit…

What a Poem Needs #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  A poem needs companions The words of writers Who traveled this path before A poem needs a question Curiosity Wonderings and discovery A poem needs space The distant view out windows Fields to wander in A poem needs light Sunshine to balance the dark Of difficult things A poem needs time A quiet introspection…

Dear George F. Cram #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Dear George F. Cram: I wonder what makes your superior map so superior Is it the spring roller mount or the markable-kleenable material? Is it the pastel colors outlining Nebraska’s 93 counties? Your superior map pops pleases the eye Or is it superior only because it’s stamped “superior”? On your map, Nebraska history begins in…