Monday, August 01, 2005

Lists of websites for teachers

As long as I'm listing things here...

Periodically I troll the web to see what sorts of resources are out there for poetry teachers. Here are two sets of lists I've found and forwarded recently to the Say Something Wonderful Poetry Forum. Sign up and share your own!

First, a list of sites by and for teachers from the award-winning Web English Teacher website. The descriptions are theirs, not mine.

30 Days of Poetry from The English Room
A chart of 30 types of poetry, each linked to class activities and examples.

African American Poets Lesson
An excellent, five-day series of lessons using a variety of media. The lessons are very well structured and based upon standards.

Alliteration in Headline Poems
Designed for grades 6-8, this lesson asks students to create a headline poem using words that they have cut out from magazines and/or newspapers. Includes support materials and assessment criteria. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to access the assignment handout.

Analyzing the Work of a Selected Poet
In this project, high school students conduct independent research on a poet. They present 5 poems, biographical information, and a poem they have written in that poet's style.

Appreciating the Bard's Art: Rewriting Shakespeare's Epitaph Using Iambic Pentameter
After reading Shakespeare's epitaph, students compose a more suitable one.

Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal
Students experience the intricacies of the ghazal and work together to compose one. Includes examples.

Calling on the Muse: Exercises to Unlock the Poet Within
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The Chain Poem, a Way of Breaking the Ice
This lesson by Ingrid Wendt includes plans and samples of student writing. It is part of the National Writing Project.

Children's Poetry in The Poetry Zone
Ideas and printables for the elementary classroom.

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity
Students in grades K-2 write cinquains in response to something they've been studying. Includes Web resources, assessment, and standards addressed.

Creative Communication presents A Celebration of Young Poets
A great poetry contest for students in grades 4-12, open to any student in the US or Canada; grants for schools; a free newsletter with tips from teachers for teaching poetry.

Craft of Poetry
Definitions and examples of a variety of terms related to poetry: blank verse, line and meter, tercet, imagery, sestina, style, and more.

Creating Found Poetry From Picture Books
Students in grades 6-8 identify poetic elements and strong word choice in a picture book to create "found poetry" based on the picture book.

A Dedication in Verse
Students collect, illustrate, and interpret poems; prepare a booklet; and present it to the recipient for whom they have selected the poems.

Figurative Language
This lesson focuses on identifying and creating similes, metaphors, and personification in literature and in students' own writing.

Figurative Language
This collection of links includes definitions, lessons for teaching simile and metaphor, idioms, analogies, and more. It is designed for elementary level but middle and high school teachers may also find it useful.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers
A Web companion to the PBS series, complete with lesson plans.

Found Poems
A simple, useful definition.

Found Poetry Assignment
Definition, assignment, rubric, and online resources.

Fruit Poetry
Students use a piece of fruit as inspiration for a poem.

Explanation and examples of ghazal (ancient Persian poetry) with additional links.

Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
Poetry types, meters, and figurative language defined with examples.

A collection of resources for teaching haiku.

Kristine O'Connell George
Children's poetry, an inviting site generous with ideas for teachers and students.

Introduction to Poetry
Students use music (without lyrics) and art to understand mood in addition to exploring figurative language and writing their own poems.

Knowing Ourselves and Others through Poetry
Designed for use with at-risk students, using formula poems to build rapport and develop skills.

"Knoxville, Tennessee" Poem Model
Students use Giovanni's poem as a model for their own writing.

The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form
Searchable database of limericks from throughout the English-speaking world. They also accept student work; be sure to read the notes to teachers and students first.

Metaphysical Poets
An extensive study guide for selected poems by John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and Henry Vaughan. Includes a definition of metaphysical poetry, a discussion of love, imagery, themes and subjects, and poetic form.

National Poetry Month
Instructional ideas and study guides for the material on The Writer's Almanac site.

Online Poetry Classroom
Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, this site offers teacher forums, links to lesson plans, and transcripts from summer institutes, in addition to all the resources of

Performance Poetry
Students take their understanding of poetry to a new level through performance.

Photograph Lesson
Students and teachers write poetry based on photographs.

Play with Words: Rhyme & Verse
Students explore rhythm, rhyme, and haiku. These 6 standards-based lessons are designed for grades K-2.

These projects reflect a variety of approaches to poetry.

Poetic Terms
Definitions and examples of the most common poetic terms.

Poetry and the Planets
A Webquest: students use similes, metaphor, rhyme, and music to write lines to accompany NASA photos of planets.

Poetry Class
Thirty-eight lessons for grades 1-12 from a team of UK poets.

Poetry Express
Write 15 different kinds of poems, suggestions for poetry workshop, tips for revision, suggestions for publishing.

Poetry for the Elementary Classroom
Background, 3 lessons, and bibliographies.

Poetry Forge
Interactive poetry generators for classroom use, lesson plans, exemplars, and collaborative discussion areas.

Poetry Island
Students form teams, choose a poet and four poems, and convince classmates that their poet is best in specific categories. Each day a poet is voted off the island. A terrific classroom adaptation of a popular TV program.

Poetry Master
A published poet offers to assist others. Be sure to check out the links "Chicken Bones" and "Master Plan."

Poetry Slam
Links to resources and ideas for poetry slams in the classroom.

Poetry Teachers
Activities for helping children write and appreciate poetry, including poetry theater and contests.

Poetry Walk
Designed for grades 6-8, this lesson develops skills in finding main ideas, thinking critically, and thinking creatively by asking students to determine a title for a poem.

Powerful Poetry
Designed for grades 5-8, this lesson asks students to read about and write poetry about storms. Page includes reading links, model poem, and descriptions of haiku, cinquain, and diamante poetry. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.

Practical Criticism from EdSitement
Students analyze the verbal devices through which poems make meaning, compare their personal interpretation of a poem with the personal interpretations of others, and develop standards of literary judgment.

Project #37: Poetry
A variety of activities and related links.

Explanation and examples of types of renga (Japanese poetry), additional links.

Responding to Young Adult Fiction through Writing Poetry: Trying to Understand a Mole
This article from the ALAN review discusses the riddle poem, found poem, character poem, poem for two voices, and repeat poster poem as methods students might use to respond to fiction. The article also offers an explanation of each form.

Rhyme Zone
In addition to a rhyming dictionary, this site provides links to online texts, interactive word quizzes, a reverse dictionary, and more.

Rhythm and Meter in English Poetry
Definitions and examples of the most common meters.

Rock Lyrics as Poetry
Students use song lyrics as an introduction to poetry with emphasis on metaphor, irony, and imagery.

Science Poetry Center
Students may post their own poetry here, the subject being anything having to do with Nature or Natural Science, including Life, Earth, Physical and Environmental Science topics.

The Sestina Page
Multiple explanations of this challenging poetic form and several examples.

Specific Concrete-Visual Poems on the WWW-InterNet
This page includes links to an extensive collection of concrete poems.

What am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles
An introduction to poetry via metaphor, simile, metonymy, concrete imagery, and creativity. These extensive lessons address IRA and NCTE standards.

Writing Poetry Using Poems by Langston Hughes
Students analyze "Dream Deferred" and "Theme for English B," then use them as models for their own poetry.

And, also, these, from the "Teacher's Corner":

Lesson Plans

30 Days of Poetry Grades Various
This collection of poetry lessons was originally designed for high school students, but most of it can be easily adapted for intermediate students.

A Simile and Metaphor Sample Lesson Plan Grades 5-12
Difficult concepts to teach, this lesson provides you with all the tools you need including a ton of examples.

Alliteration Lesson Plans and Resources Grades Upper Elementary
Lists tongue twisters that illustrate the concept of alliteration followed by several lessons for students to complete.

Daily Poetry Reading Grade 4-6
Improve oral reading skills.
Submitted by: Ginny Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln School in Appleton, Wisconsin.This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter.

Famous Poems and Poets Grades Elementary
Students go on an online scavenger hunt to learn more about poets and the different styles of writing.

"Fill-in-the-Blank" Poetry Grades 6-12
In this activity, students write poems of their own without having to create an all-new structure or rhyme scheme.

Finding the Rhythm of Blues in Children's Poetry, Art, and Music Grades Any
Use a variety of means to introduce the blues to your students.

Friendly Poetry Grades K-2
In this activity children will compile a list of the things they look for in a friend and use that information to create a simple poem. Using a familiar topic may make poetry a little less daunting for some children.

Friendship Cinquains Grades Any
Students interview someone in their class and turn the information into a cinquain. This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat. (If you don't have it, get it free HERE.)

How to Make Pop-Ups
Learn how to make these fun cards that will add character to any poem.

How to Write a Cinquain Grades Any
Gives you a simple break down and a detailed breakdown of what goes in each line for this poem.

Jump into Poetry Grades Various
Three poetry exercises that deal with vocabulary, feelings and emotions, and the idea that poetry is everywhere.

Meter in Children's Poetry Grades Any
Learn how to teach your students about meter.

Music is Poetry Grades Middle School
This lesson was created to "turn students on" to poetry.

Native American Poetry Grades Middle School
This supplementary unit is part of an eighth grade, interdisciplinary Native American archaeology unit, but may be used in upper elementary or high school humanities or American history classes. It is a mini-study of free verse, sensory words used in Native American poetry, and paraphrasing.

Poet Research Project Grades Middle School
Students will have the chance to learn about various poets.

Poetry & Rhyme Grades K-2
This unit contains Favorite Links, Internet Activities, Lesson Plans, and Related Resources for Pre-K to 4th grade classes studying poetry and rhyme.

Poetry Resources
An extensive list of poetry projects for both reading and writing suitable for 5th grade up.

Poetry for the Elementary Classroom Grades Various
A curriculum unit that contains a narrative about the unit, several lessons, a student bibliography and a teacher bibliography.

Poetry of the Skies Grades Various
Students compose poems about things found in space. Use the links to see samples of poems and a list of possible poetry topics.

Poetry Plus II: An Integrated Unit Grade 3
This unit will introduce students to the genre of poetry and expose them to a variety of poetry types. This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat. (If you don't have it, get it free HERE.)

Poetry Reading Grade 4+
A great lesson to get your students started on poetry.
Submitted by: Jan Fogel, a literature teacher at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin. This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter. Grades Various
Have you ever wondered how to get your students excited about poetry? Try teaching with humorous poetry! Here are some great lesson plans and tips on how to teach funny poetry in your classroom.

Rhyming Words Activities Grades K-2
Introduce students to rhyming and poetry through a variety of fun and interactive activities

Teacher's Guide for Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems Grades Various
Help your students understand who is speaking in a poem adn who is being spoken to. Has a list of poems you can use.

Writing W Poems Grades 4-5
Using the book Animalia, students will create poems that are similiar to the author's based on the five W's. These can be complied into a class book.

Young Adult Poetry Grades Various
List of ideas to help jump-start your poetry curriculum. Can easily be adapted for grades 4-6.

Zoo Animal Poetry Grades K-3
After carefully observing and remembering details about the animals at the zoo, students work cooperatively in groups to create poems.

If you find something useful here, let me know!


Allison said...

This is an awesome collection of sites. I found so many great ideas. Thank you.

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