Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 14, 2011!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailing npm@poets.org.

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Poetry Unit

by Sarah Lorntson

Students will learn about the elements of poetry while analyzing poems. This unit includes quizzes and other activities related to poetry. This resource is part of the English 10 course.
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9th grade English

by anna heffernan

English Collection
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Odyssey Mini-Projects

by Robert Lucas

Three single-day projects on The Odyssey. You can assign one or give a choice among the three. This resource is part of the Poetry collection.
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Poems

by Robert Lucas

Texts of poems and questions that related directly to them. This includes Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson. This resource is part of the Poetry collection.
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Poetry

by Janet Pinto

Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 14, 2011! The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailing npm@poets.org.
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Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 14, 2011! The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailing npm@poets.org.
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This is a document that outlines 10 exercises originally designed for use in Secondary School, to teach and practice writing poetry. Each lesson goes through the basic components of poetry (simile, metaphor, and personification), and is focused on getting the student's imagination going, while producing at most 16 lines of poetry per assignment. The results produced must go through two revisions either from teacher feedback or peer review. 10 lessons in all. Originally developed by my father, who is now retired, but taught in the Richmond School District (California, USA) for many years.
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Twurdy

by Janet Pinto

Twurdy uses text analysis software to "read" each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand. The Goal Twurdy's goal is to provide web searchers with information that is most appropriate for them. This will mean that 10 year olds doing school assignments don't have to click through difficult material to find something they can use. It will also mean that phd students do not have to click through websites designed for kids in order to find what they are looking for.
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Box of Crayons

by jessica subramanya

Read "Box of Crayons" poem and created a first grade box of crayons for Martin Luther King Day.
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Known for compact writing and for leading a quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a very public role as the nation's poet laureate. She says she came to poetry reluctantly, but even as a child, she was infatuated with language. "I would like to say that, if a poem feels really dense, it isn't good. I mean, if you put it in your hand and it falls through your hand, that's no good. It's got to float," she explains in this interview. "If you have this idea of compressed language, it gives people a sense that it's going to be dense and kind of oppressive, whereas I would like to think that it can be highly selected, but not make you feel that you've just had a vitamin pill." To begin a poem, Ryan says she starts with a cliché. "I tend to think in cliches when I think to myself," she explains. But then she makes it a personal challenge to say "a thing differently than I'd ever said it before, never, you know, using the old standby." For more on how to incorporate this conversation into the class room, see the discussion questions also included in this Unit.
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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
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Paint a Poem

by MrBaker Writing12

Show students examples of famous paintings that have inspired poetry. Then, get them to approach the art students in your school, take photos of the projects, and write original poetry for them. Do a show that brings together English and Art!
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Emily Dickinson

by Janet Pinto

Bio, poems, and selected bibliography for Emily Dickinson. From http://www.poets.org
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Poets

by Janet Pinto

"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." — Percy Bysshe Shelley Poets.org currently features biographies of more than 500 poets, with new pages being added all the time.
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