An Interview with US Poet Laureate Charles Wright
Charles Wright: "Ground Zero" for Poetry
Join NCTE on Twitter the third Sunday of each month at 8:00 p.m. ET for #nctechat, organized by NCTE Social Media Coordinator Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)
Next Chat: April 19, 2015 on Poetry
Archive Chat: Valuing Poetry in the Common Core Era with guest hosts Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) and Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz)?
2015 NCTE Notable Poetry Books
"Poems for All Seasons" School Library Journal
Here are 16 outstanding poetry collections to offer children and teens—not just this month, but throughout the year and across the curriculum. Use these books, and create connections with books from previous Notable Lists (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) to create even more poetry joy!
NCLE Literacy in Learning Exchange
Poetry Lesson Plans
These classroom-tested lesson plans from ReadWriteThink provide ready resources for teachers working with students from kindergarten to high school.
Create a basketball tournament-pairing chart using poetry and determine a final winner by reading the poems. Learn about conducting a tournament, selecting poems and view examples from other educators. Start planning your Poetry Tournament today!
Poetry Themed Journals
In 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.
Listen to a podcast interview with the author and read the sample chapter to learn more about poetry as a means into academic writing.
Learn more with these ReadWriteThink poetry lesson plans from the author.
In Getting the Knack, authors Stephen Dunning and William Stafford offer 20 exercises covering different types or phases of poetry writing. The authors' humor and nonacademic style will appeal to experienced and novice poets of all ages.
Read the chapter on "Found & Headline Poems."
William Stafford’s son Kim Stafford shares memories of his father’s life and work and talks about his own journey to becoming a poet and educator in this Council Chronicle article “His Poetry Was a Way of Teaching.”
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NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
The NCTE Poetry Award was established to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13.
Marilyn Singer is the 2015 Poetry Award winner!
View more videos and learn about the winning poets today!