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Monday, November 10, 2014

In Flanders Fields, A Poem for Veterans Day

Today is Veteran's Day.  It's a time to honor veterans.

Today I would like to share with you a powerful poem that written in 1915 during World War I by Canadian, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Reading this poem aloud you get a sense of the rhyme scheme.
Listen to the poem read aloud on this YouTube video.  Ask students from whose point of view this poem is written.  Talk about the message of the poem and discuss the choice of vocabulary.  Notice the repetition of "In Flanders fields."  Show students the real Flanders Fields American Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium.  This could be a students to add to their poetry collection.

This is a BBC news clip showing the Tower of London surrounded by handmade ceramic poppies that represent each British commonwealth soldier lost during WWI.
Thank you, veterans, for serving to keep peace in the world for us all. 

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