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Songs My Teacher Taught Me - Online Poetry Classroom

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9 to 12
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This unit of lesson plans surveys a wide range of poets including women, African-American, and nineteenth-century poets. Lessons are thematically broken into three categories, "What...more
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This unit of lesson plans surveys a wide range of poets including women, African-American, and nineteenth-century poets. Lessons are thematically broken into three categories, "What is Poetry?" "Poems of Childhood," and "Self and Society." A "Teaching Guide" is included and offers suggestions on presenting the material in a variety of ways, making this unit suitable to any high school grade.

tag(s): poetry (221)

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Online Poetry Classroom

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4 to 12
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Teaching poetry can be a challenge in any school. Here's a site that offers both teaching strategies (lots of them!) and teacher-designed lessons on a variety of topics. If you ...more
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Teaching poetry can be a challenge in any school. Here's a site that offers both teaching strategies (lots of them!) and teacher-designed lessons on a variety of topics. If you approach the annual poetry unit reluctantly, take courage here.

tag(s): poetry (221)

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Music is Poetry - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson ...more
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): poetry (221)

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Conforms to Florida language arts standards. Technology options include using an interactive whiteboard.

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Living Pictures Representing the History of Black Dance - Yale University

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7 to 8
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African...more
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African period through the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, this unit emphasizes research as a tool for meaningful choreography. The culminating activity is a video production that chronicles a living history through movement.

tag(s): africa (164), african american (108), dance (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this web page. The focus is interdisciplinary, and although lengthy offers a lot of valuable information. Definitely take a look at this one!

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Poetry Magic

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9 to 12
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This British site offers significant breadth and depth on nearly every aspect of poetry, especially the craft of writing poetry. Divided into beginner and advanced sections, the content...more
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This British site offers significant breadth and depth on nearly every aspect of poetry, especially the craft of writing poetry. Divided into beginner and advanced sections, the content accommodates a wide range of interests and experience. This is a great one!

tag(s): poetry (221), writing (364)

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Much of the advanced material would be suitable for teachers to use in preparing lessons.

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Langston Hughes: Artist and Historian - Yale University

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6 to 8
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This lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as a "vehicle by which students are exposed to the African-American experience in the United States of the 1920s through the...more
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This lesson explores Langston Hughes' poetry, setting it as a "vehicle by which students are exposed to the African-American experience in the United States of the 1920s through the 1960s."

tag(s): poetry (221)

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African-American Culture Through the Use of Children's Literature - Yale University

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2 to 4
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Explore African-American poetry and fiction in this study using a wide gamut of language arts skills integrated with social studies themes about community, family, and culture. ...more
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Explore African-American poetry and fiction in this study using a wide gamut of language arts skills integrated with social studies themes about community, family, and culture.

tag(s): poetry (221), short stories (24)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site! Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.

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