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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion
    In this lesson, athletics, aesthetics, and poetics intersect in new ways as developing literacy learners experiment together with the forms of language.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Crossing Boundaries Through Bilingual, Spoken-Word Poetry
    Students explore the idea of "crossing boundaries" through bilingual, spoken-word poetry, culminating in a poetry slam at school or in the community.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry
    Students learn about personification by reading and discussing poems and then brainstorm nouns and verbs to create personification in their own poems.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes
    Through a study of Langston Hughes' poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 14
    Ernest Thayer, author of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat," was born in 1863.
    In small groups or individually, students make baseball cards for the players in the poem "Casey at the Bat." Students can use a word processor or the Character Trading Cards interactive to create their cards.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956.
    After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    I've Got the Literacy Blues
    Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Let's Read It Again: Comprehension Strategies for English-Language Learners
    Help Spanish-speaking English-language learners unlock the mysteries of their new language by using a bilingual book to recognize unfamiliar words and construct meaning from the text.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency
    Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in which students chorally read poems about insects and use the Internet to locate facts about their assigned insects.

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