20th Century Poets Teacher Resources

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On the Beach: Disabled and Mother's Pride

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What do an early 20th century poet and a 1980's rock star have in common with a novel from the 1960's? Using Wilfred Owen's poem "Disabled" and George Michael's song "Mother's Pride," learners answer questions about the lyrics and themes...
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The South, the North and the Great Migration: Blues and Literature

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Here is a complex lesson plan that interweaves the history of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration with the study of poetry, art, and blues music from the Harlem Renaissance. The plan helps young historians develop a deep...
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Mid-19c European Nationalism

For Teachers 7th - 10th
An extensive review of European dynamics in the mid-to-late 19th century, this presentation clearly outlines the steps taken to unify Italy as well as Germany, and all the implications and effects therein. The slides set a strong context...
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The Poet Who Painted with His Words

For Students 9th - 12th
Guillaume Apollinare, known for his calligrams—shape poems—is the subject of a short video that introduces viewers to the works of this amazing artist.
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The Education Element of the Harlem Renaissance and Its Impact on the New Negro

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate African American history by researching culture. In this Harlem Renaissance lesson, students identify the teachings, music and art associated with African Americans in Harlem in the early 20th century. Students...
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Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Carl Sandburg composed poetry that conveyed a time and place in American Literature and history. Learners identify the literary techniques he uses to describe the historical and cultural context of living in Chicago. They define the...
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We Sing America

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pair the famous poems "I Hear America Singing," by Walt Whitman, and "I, Too, Sing America," by Langston Hughes, with a more recent poem by Elizabeth Alexander called "Praise Song for the Day" to demonstrate a theme and introduce your...
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Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover how immigrant cigar makers in this section of Tampa, Florida adapted to life in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century while maintaining their ethnic identity. They design brochures describing the Ybor City.
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Fire and Ice Questions

For Students 7th - 12th
After reading "Fire and Ice," have your class answer these seven thought-provoking questions. Some questions ask readers to connect with the text while others require the learner to reference the text in order to provide an answer. 
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Poetry Creator | Verses

For Students 2nd - 8th
Construct from a canvas of words, lyrical expressions that your budding poets can share and post.  Based on refrigerator magnet poetry, creative writers can develop their poetry independently, or from a given prompt from their instructor.  
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I, Too, Sing America Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 5 short answer and essay questions based on the poem "I, Too, Sing America."
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My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun – Questions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this poetry discussion worksheet, students consider the elements of poetry as they respond to 6 short answer and essay questions based on the poem "My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun –."
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The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

For Students 9th - 12th
Check reading comprehension for "The Death of the Hired Man" by Robert Frost with this quiz. The tone of the questions match the serious tone of the poem and are very straightforward.
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Marriage of Visual and Thematic Aspects of Herbert's Poetry

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe the relationship between the visual aspects of "Easter Wings" and the poem's subject, and theorize about the poet George Herbert's motivations in constructing the poem this way. They demonstrate their ability to...
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Langston Hughes and the Blues

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the connections between Langson Hughes and blues music. In this African American culture lesson, students compare and contrast blues music with poetry and short stories by Langston Hughes.
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Modern American Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify different types of literary terms in poems. They read different poems and create a packet summarizing them. They write a poem of their own and a biography of one of their favorite poets.
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Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the historical and cultural context in Sandburg's poem. The poetic devices of personification and apostrophe are utilized in the poem and identified by Students.
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Arthur Miller and The Crucible

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the dramatic elements of The Crucible. In this drama lesson, students explore the elements and themes of the Arthur Miller play as they read the play and watch performances of some of the acts. Students then write...
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James Whitcomb Riley

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Learners describe James Whitcomb Riley's poems and identify the themes they portray. In this poetry lesson plan, students read the history of James Whitcomb Riley and read some of his poems.
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Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. In this visual arts lesson, students study the historical significance of the event as they examine the Grant Wood painting and primary sources regarding the event.
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Idaho State Trivia

For Students 4th - 6th
For this Idaho worksheet, students complete 20 questions about Idaho trivia. Students may click on an answer button for immediate feedback.
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The Freddy the Pig Series

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students read the series of books called The Freddy the Pig Series by Walter R. Brooks and complete activities with them. For this The Freddy the Pig Series lesson plan, students write poetry, create drama, write in journals, do...
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The Highwayman

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders re-read the story "The Highwayman" understanding the term "narrative verse". As a paired activity, they predict who or what might be the audience and provide feedback.
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Pope John Paul II: Triumph Over Communism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover the background of Pope John Paul II. In this modern history lesson, students research the life of Karol Joseph Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in order to understand how his past paralleled his papacy.