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Letters to Poets

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Add a strong poetry instructional activity to your literature unit. Middle and high schoolers investigate their writing voices with journaling and group discussion, then choose a famous poet to study. They write letters to their chosen...
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Poetry Portfolio

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Wrap up your poetry unit with a portfolio. This resource includes specific requirements for the presentation and content of a portfolio. Writers include examples of literary devices, write six original poems, and conduct a study of a...
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Famous Artist of the Month

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Feature one famous artist a month with a series of portraits, biographies, and examples of their gallery. With masters such as Augustus Rodin, Francisco Goya, and Michelangelo, the resource provides opportunities every month for kids to...
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Dream in Color — Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Celebrate diversity with a toolkit designed to inspire young poets to develop their own voices. After examining poems by African American poets, individuals craft their own poetic stories. The packet features poems by Gwendolyn Brooks,...
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Dream in Color - High School

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Whether focusing on African American poets, Black History Month, or the poetic experience, an amazing toolkit that encourages learners to develop unique poetic voices deserves a place in your curriculum. 
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Impersonating Great Poets Using "Science Verse" by Jon Scieszka

For Teachers 5th - 7th
A great way to bring poetry and parody into your language arts classroom, this activity mimics famous poems based on Jon Scieszka's Science Verse. The activity not only allows the class to see examples of poem parodies, but to create...
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The Happy Game: Famous African Americans

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Ten questions about famous African-Americans are presented in this interactive presentation. If a question is answered correctly, "Happy," the smiley face, is happy; if it is answered incorrectly, he is sad and sick. "Happy" will keep...
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Famous Poems and Poets

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students investigate well known poets, forms, and poetry terms. They explore various websites, complete an online scavenger hunt, and take an online poetry test.
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Poets Puzzle

For Students 6th - 8th
In this word search activity, learners search and find vocabulary words as they relate to famous poets. Words may be located forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally.
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George Moses Horton: Slavery from a Poet's Perspective

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
After reading about the life of George Moses Horton, the first slave to publish anti-slavery poetry, learners will recall his major accomplishments, provide a summary of the obstacles he faced, and identify common aspects of the...
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George Moses Horton: Slavery from a Poet's Perspective

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Pupils have the unique opportunity to learn about the institution of slavery by reading first-hand experiences as described by George Moses Horton, the first slave to publish anti-slavery poetry.
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Poet James Whitcomb Riley: Famous in His Own Day

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An engaging biography of "Hoosier" poet James Whitcomb Riley serves as a springboard for study of his unique dialect-based verse. Several activities illuminate differences between spoken vernacular and formal language. Learners record...
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Blues and Langston Hughes 9–12

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An interesting instructional activity explores the realm of blues music and poetry through the famous poet Langston Hughes. Academics learn what blues music is and how to write blues poems. Scholars also learn about the migration of the...
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Advice to Youth on Things Now GONE

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What are your pupils' life philosophies? Help them explore their beliefs in this lesson, which uses the Switchfoot song "Gone" and Robert Herrick's poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." The lesson includes a graphic organizer and...
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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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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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George Moses Horton

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians read and discuss the work of professional poet George Moses Horton, whose writings convey the complexity and trials of the slave experience in North Carolina. Class members also prepare dramatic presentations of Horton's...
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Langston Hughes- Mini Biography

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
When delving into such writings as "I Too Sing America" or "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes, don't forget to provide this important historical background information on the Harlem Renaissance...
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What Is the American Dream?

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative...
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Emily Dickinson

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The expanded timeline of Emily Dickinson's life is displayed on these slides. A plethora of information is presented covering main events, Dickinson's limited relationships, and her poetry. The majority of the slides contain the text of...
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Passionate Pilgrims- Two Poets And A Painter

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars engage in a instructional activity that looks at the culture of Japan to isolate the practices of painting and writing in several different traditions. They conduct research about the lives of the artists using a variety...
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Free Verse

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Free verse poetry is often regarded as poetry without structure, but in reality, it is a poetic form that adheres to its own poet's thought and breath patterns. Delve into the rules and famous examples of free-verse poetry with a short...
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Who Was the World's First Author?

For Students 6th - 12th
Believe it or not, the world's first author was a woman! A short, illustrated video tells the story of Enheduanna, a Sumerian princess, priestess, and poet who is credited as being the first author. 
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History's "Worst" Nun

For Students 6th - 12th
It wasn't easy being a woman, a nun, a poet, and an activist for women's rights in the mid-17th century, especially in Mexico. Juana Ramirez de Asbaje was all the above. Learn more about this amazing woman in a short video that details...

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