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This collection of 50 short video documentaries showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives.
This article discusses strategies for writing poetry with ELLs, presents an overview of poetry forms that can be used effectively in writing lessons, and suggests some ideas for ways to share student poetry. Shared by Reading Rockets.
The Poetry Out Loud program encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. In addition to the yearly contest, the Poetry Out Loud website hosts curriculum materials which include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, videos of student performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides.
The Library of Congress' poetry and literature archive contains nearly two thousand audio recordings of poets and prose writers including Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost, Mario Vargas Llosa, Czeslaw Milosz, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Billy Collins hosts the "A Poem a Day" program with the hope of making poetry an active part of the daily experience of American high school students. There are some guidelines for implementing Poetry 180, but the main purpose is to give students the opportunity to read and listen to a poem each day without any academic requirements. The site also has a list of 180 recommended poems. Billy Collins is a former Poet Laureate of the United States.
Micropoetry is a genre of poetic verse which is characterized by its extreme brevity. Micropoetry.com was set up to encourage people to write creatively within the small amount of text space provided in social networks platforms like twitter and on mobile phones. Writing micropoems can be a great "do now" activity.
Students are asked to analyze the form, figurative language, and rhyme and repetition of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask." Teachers can download the assessment and answer key; it starts on page 9. This end of unit poetry assessment is shared by Expeditionary Learning.
This mini assessement from Achieve the Core includes two poems (“I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes,) eleven text-dependent questions (including one optional constructed-response prompt for students), and explanatory information for teachers regarding standards alignment to the CCSS.
Poetry Foundation offers many resources on teaching poetry to children, including a curricula on teaching African American poetry developed with Maya Angelou. The website also includes videos and audio clips of poetry readings, articles and essays about poetry, and links to public domain poems.
The description and details of the New York Times Found Poetry contest can be found here. Found poetry is creating poems from words and phrases found in other texts. This year, the contest runs from April 4-May 4, 2018.
This "Poetry of America" collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets is shared by the Library of Congress. Each poet reads a singular American poem of his or her choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of the nation. The feature includes a print version of the poem to complement the recording, as well as a piece by the participating poet.
This document presents some of the key resources curated in WeTeachNYC's poetry and poems collection. It was created as a HyperDoc to share instructional tools that encourage students to engage with the 5Es: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.