Teaching Whitman with Whitman, Alabama

PALS is pleased to have another guest post by Matthew Luter. See Luter's first post here. In this post he explores teaching Walt Whitman with Whitman, Alabama and explains the digital project that he has designed to go along with the reading. I teach a yearlong American literature survey regularly. And I tend to use … Continue reading Teaching Whitman with Whitman, Alabama

Pairing Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing” with Richard Blanco’s “One Today”

Two years ago, Middlesex Community College (MxCC) hosted a reading by Richard Blanco. Before attending this event, I did not know much about Blanco or his work, other than vaguely remembering his participation in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Named by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in American history, Blanco is “the youngest, first … Continue reading Pairing Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing” with Richard Blanco’s “One Today”

Campus Birds: Making American Renaissance Poetry Accessible through Birdwatching

I am lucky enough to teach on a small campus in upstate New York where the wooded areas, shrubbery, and native plant and flower species attract a wide variety of birds, especially in the spring.  These avian neighbors aren’t shy either.  When living, foraging, and breeding in campus environments, they become accustomed to seeing and … Continue reading Campus Birds: Making American Renaissance Poetry Accessible through Birdwatching

Creative Writing in the Literature Classroom

When I was a beginning poet during my undergraduate years, I learned a lot about how poems work by imitating other poets. Imitation exercises are standard in creative writing workshops, and they were (and still are!) extremely helpful for me. When I started teaching creative writing, then, I made sure to incorporate assignments in which … Continue reading Creative Writing in the Literature Classroom