Discover strategies for getting your students excited about poetry. This NCTE Resource Kit will help your study group focus on the key issues of reading, writing and perfoming poetry while also addressing form and technique.
Lesson plans for this NCTE Resource Kit include:
Alliteration in Headline Poems
Students are introduced to the term alliteration and asked to create their own examples of alliteration as well as find examples of alliteration in poems.
Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni’s “Nikki-Rosa”
Adapted from Carol Jago’s Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom, this lesson invites students to explore what Jago calls the place “where life and art intersect” by completing a close reading of Giovanni’s poem and then writing about childhood memories of their own, modeled on Giovanni’s poem.
Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems
Concrete poems, poems that relate the placement of the words on the page to the meaning of the poem, provide an enjoyable literary experience that focuses students' attention on how a poet does more than simply put words together but can place them meaningfully on the page by paying attention to the subtle (or not so subtle) issues of layout.
Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture
Using excerpts from the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, comics, and songs from different musical genres, students examine the characteristics of transcendentalism.
Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
Encourage your students to explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech by paying attention to the details of King's speech as they read and as they gather words to use in their own original poems.
Found Poems/Parallel Poems
Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.
Is a Sentence a Poem?
This exercise encourages students to dissect an established poem while defining the characteristics of the genre of poetry.
Playing With Prepositions Through Poetry
Students play with words as they explore how prepositions work in Ruth Heller’s picture book Behind the Mask.
Varying Views of America
This lesson provides students the opportunity working in a collaborative setting to examine the ways that perspective influences how individuals vary in their tone and toward the same or a similar experience based on their point of view.
Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
This project provides the organizational support (the poem) to help students learn more about the nature of hypertext composing.
What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles
Because they are games, riddles are an excellent vehicle for introducing students to poetry and poetry writing.