Grading Poetry

First, of course, it’s important to decide what you want to learn about the students and their ability to write poetry.  Will students have studied poetry already and have a working definition of what a poem is?  If so, you could measure how well students create a poem that fits…

Patterning Poetry with Hughes

 Patterning Poetry Looking for a poem to evoke conversation and to practice patterning?                              “Dayrbeak in Alabama” by Langston Hughes is an excellent poem for any grade because it subtly addresses current social and political issues of diversity, it demonstrates the use of similes and an extended metaphor, and appeals to the…

PREZI on POETRY

Lisa Westbrook has used an on-line program, PREZI to design an engaging lesson to introduce students to poetry analysis.  See ways you can enhance your instruction by adapting or adopting this technology to present these concepts. Check out TPCASSSTT Poetry Analysis by Lisa Westbrook.

African-American History Resources

Looking for resources to help provide background to enhance your instruction on lessons relating to issues of African-American History?  This website,'Filling in the Gaps in American History" provides a wealth of information you have difficulty finding elsewhere. Free Black Communities Or go the FIGAH or additional resources and links  …

Motion Poems

Poetry in Motion: Using Tech Looking for a fresh way to have students experience and write poetry?  Take a look at the website, MOTION POEMS,  that shows animated poetry with sound. Here’s an option for your computer savvy students who are comfortable with or eager to learn animation.  What a…

Resources for Poetry Units

Poetry Resources for Planning START NOW TO GATHER RESOURCES for POETRY units. Check back regularly for additional links. Here’s a resource, WRITING FIX  recommended by JASON SCOTT.   The site has Mentor Text Lessons: Published Poetry and lessons based on lyrics from popular music. Five Great Sites for Making Poetry Happen…