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August 22, 2017

North Texas Giving Day and TYD Foundation

Donating to Thank You Darlin Foundation Helps Deliver Literacy Programs to Disadvantaged Youth This year’s North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas’ annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits, like the Thank You Darlin Foundation, that is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration, and of course you! […]

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Word of the Day

arbiter

Word Formnoun
DefinitionOne chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue.
Synonymsarbitrator, umpire
UsageIn peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them.

Teachers

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In the meantime, we gladly share these poems for teaching poetry.

Team Poetry to Stop Bullying and Meanness

This poem was written after students read a newspaper article about how one little boy was attacked by a group of older boys because they didn’t like his cultural background. These students used their voices to raise awareness and to speak out against bullying and violence. The poem also shows they learned how to use an acrostic and alliteration technique.

Poem title: Bias Brain

Bias brain
So mean
Accusing every different person of something
Bias brain
Full of hurtful hateful discouraging things
Bias
Bad, Ignorant, Absolute, Segregating, Brain
Stop being so mean!
Because that’s how you’re going to be treated
Bias brain
Think that everyone has to be the same

All I have to say is shame, shame, shame.

Created by 3rd – 5th Grade Students at Christene C Moss Elementary School, Fort Worth Independent School District

Group Rhythmic Exercise for Students
Here’s a way to use recyclable coffee canisters to stimulate creative writing. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for students to write answers to questions like: Have you ever smelled coffee before? When? What memories or thoughts does it bring to mind?

•Collect ideas: Allow students to read their writings. Then, record them using large sticky notes.
•Edit and arrange: Ask the class to choose their favorite lines. Help them organize the lines into stanzas. Create a poem: Tell students to form a circle and clap their hands in 4/4 time. See if they can fit their poem into this rhythmic pattern.

Poem title: Coffee

Coffee, coffee
Coffee, coffee
I smell coffee in my neighborhood
Wish I had a cup
It would taste so good

Take me to a make believe land
With fountains of milk and sugar canes
Like Peter Pan, I thought I could fly
But then I thought why, why, why
Why can’t I taste what I just smelled?
Oh! What a waste.

Coffee, coffee
Coffee, coffee
I smell coffee in my neighborhood
Wish I had a cup

It would taste so good