Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts resources, articles, podcasts, and more we found in November!

1. Diversifying Your Poetry Curriculum

For the teachers who are looking to expand the scope of their poetry units beyond the traditional canon, this post at 2 Peas and a Dog is for you. Educator Rebecca Gettelman offers five simple suggestions to find and present more diverse voices in your poetry curriculum.

2. 5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now With Houston Kraft

As the challenges of 2020 continue, it’s important to remember the power of kindness, both inside and outside the classroom. In this episode of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast, Vicki Davis interviews Houston Kraft, a public speaker and curriculum developer, about the value of kindness and shares five ways you can authentically practice kindness toward the world around you.

3. Teaching With Photographs: 3 Powerful Ways to Boost Literacy

From helping students internalize vocabulary beyond simple word memorization to having students consider purpose and intent, photographs are perfect tools for developing critical thinking skills. At Reading and Writing Haven, Melissa outlines several strategies for using photographs in the classroom to improve student literacy.

4. How to Teach Memoir Writing in High School

What better way to get students interested in writing than by asking them to write about themselves? In this blog post, Christina at The Daring English Teacher shares several tips for introducing memoir writing in your middle school or high school classroom.

5. A Word, Please: It’s almost time to write “Happy Holidays” ... or is it “holidays”?

Thanksgiving generally marks the beginning of the holiday season (though some retail stores beg to differ), which means it’s time to share “season’s greetings” with those you love. But be sure to proofread your messages before you send any holiday cards! Find out the grammatical rules behind common holiday phrases in this humorous article from The Los Angeles Times.