Learn how to use poetry to honor students’ native languages and cultural heritage, as well as to bridge worlds and create a sense of community. 
These easy lessons integrate science and the arts to help teach rich vocabulary, close reading, and analytical skills. 
This lesson plan teaches your ELs to use symbols and prepositions, and to build rhythm and beat when composing their own lyric poems. 

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In the April Grammatically Speaking column, grammar expert T. Leo Schmitt discusses a sometimes confusing subtlety of time in the English language: the use of "until now" and "so far," and when it is acceptable to use each clause. Teaching tips are included to help you in class, and language notes are included for your reference.   

Use simple rhymes to practice pronunciation, invigorate grammar, and foster group work and interaction. These three easy activities are interactive, lively, and enjoyable for beginning to low-intermediate ESL or EFL students. Example poems provided. 

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10 Great Sites for Using Poetry in the ESL Classroom: Use these great resources to help teach poetry to your English learners.
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Learning English With William Shakespeare: An interactive classroom activity for adult ELs, in honor of U.S. Poetry Month, by TESOL blogger Alexandra Lowe.
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