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A Crow Fell


Friend and Colleague John Miller recruited me to contribute to his teaching unit on Medieval Japan a couple of years ago. One of the tanka I wrote as an example for the students was included in the Tanka Journal # 3. Another was just published in Tanka Journal #4. A print edition is available from Prolific Press. Here’s a link to the online journal:




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More Tanka for Minecraft


John Miller has ten thousand irons in as many fires. He took a bit of time from his busy schedule to help me update my Tanka unit on TPT. I’ve added more poems by his students and a couple of new activities. If you have a moment, check out the revised unit.


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Tanka for Minecraft



Poetry is a powerful way to engage middle school students in critical thinking and writing. I’ve created lessons on writing Japanese Tanka in hopes that it will help get young people to write good poetry. I’ve included models, simple instructions and prompts. I’ve also added a cooperative learning activity that allows students to share their work in a structured manner. These lessons may be used alone or (Much better!) in connection with John Miller’s amazing Minecraft project. His 7th grade students created a medieval Japanese landscape and imbedded their poems within it.

Here’s a link to the unit on TPT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tanka-for-Minecraft-1648050

Here’s the link to the Minecraft project:


Please share the possibilities!

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