This collection contains lots of poetry resources for use to celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21.

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Poetry

by Heather Slee

Poetry resources for high schoolers.
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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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Poetry and People

by Maria Rose

A unit on poetry for an 11th grade American Literature class.
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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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The acronym TPCASTT (Title, Paraphrase, Connotations, Attitude, Shifts, Title, Theme) is helpful for students who are learning how to analyze a poem. When I assign a poem for homework, students must complete TPCASTT in their notebook along with the reading. This resource is part of the Poetry Unit and the English 10 course.
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This introduction to poetry covers alliteration and assonance.
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This introduction to poetry covers many basic elements of poetry with examples and illustrative exercises.
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The Poetry Project

by Emily Boyle

In this project, students will use I-Movie, PowerPoint or collage to illustrate a chosen poem, after researching the literary movement it represents. This project, if done during class time, should take ten 90-minute periods or 20 50-minute periods for most students.
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In this lesson, students will explore Modernist Art and Poetry to discover themes of the period. They will then create their own modernist poetry, describing "traditional" images in a non-traditional form. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or four 50-minute class periods.
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In this lesson, students will discuss lyrics from their favorite popular musing before reading selections of poetry by Anne Bradstreet. They will analyze Bradstreet's work in terms of poetic devices and cultural context. Students will then create their own poetry, based on Bradstreet's form, using the tune and beat of a current song. This lesson covers one 90-minute class period or two 50-minute class periods.
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In this lesson, students will read and analyze the poetry of Phillis Wheatley and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. They will then take a current story and, using Wheatley and Longfellow as models, create their own poem to chronicle that event. This lesson should take one 90-minute class period or two 50-minute class periods.
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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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Here is the poem Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. It is composed in 'nonsense' verse, and features words that are portmanteaus of various words put together- "mimsy", for example, is a combination of "miserable" and "flimsy". Also included is are couple links filled with more resources on Lewis Carroll and his magnificent poetry.
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Poetry

by Shmoop Study Guides

Shmoop study guides for poetry.
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Writing Poetry

by Teaching Matters

Teachers sometimes ask, “Why teach poetry?” particularly at the middle school level when there are so many English Language Arts requirements to attain in order to prepare students for high school. There are several answers to that question. Students are intrigued by poetry. It is the language of the songs that interest them and the spoken word they try to emulate. In fact, poetry is all around them. Addressing the relationships, self awareness and change that is so fundamental to their being, poetry is often more familiar and relevant than other writing genres.
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This collection of videos from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer poetry series showcases poets talking about and reading from their work. This unit also includes guidelines and discussion questions to help you incorporate the poetry readings into the classroom.
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