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The diversity of voices found on the Poetry Foundation site is its greatest asset, and something to take advantage of. You can find interesting poems to share with students at almost any grade level. However, you're best off using the poems you find here to support your existing poetry lessons and activities. Beyond the poems themselves, be sure to peruse the site's supporting videos and podcasts, but keep in mind that these aren't always student-friendly. Also, be aware that the “learning lab” section of the site offers a variety of resources, though many link to general poetry resources from external sites.
If you're using tablets in your classroom, you might also consider using the Poetry Foundation's POETRY app, where users can search for poems by theme or mood.Continue reading Show less
The Poetry Foundation's website is a resource, aimed at a general audience, with the purpose of promoting poetry in today’s culture. While it's not specifically geared toward educators, teachers can find some valuable resources on the site. Whether you'd like to include more poetry in your lessons or want to help your students connect poetry and real-life situations, the site can be a database for your needs. Whether you're looking to discuss devices -- from metaphors to repetition and rhyme scheme -- or simply looking for poems on a particular theme, the site's search tool is helpful.
The site is divided into the following categories: poems, poets, features, resources, programs, initiatives, and Poetry Magazine. Within each of these categories lie three to seven subcategories and many other topics. The site has sidebars on the right column that alert users to trending poems, as well as link them to the magazine.
The Poetry Foundation's website is great for finding different types of poetry, though it isn't specifically geared toward teachers and students. This shouldn't stop teachers, however, from using the site to find quality poetry resources for their lessons. For most students, the site might not be engaging enough, and much of the reading is likely too advanced for most. For example, the article “Learning the Poetic Line” is intended to help students understand the connections between a poem's line breaks and its meaning. While this concept is well within reach for many students, the article is probably best suited for more advanced readers, likely in grade 11 or above.
With so many great poetic resources in one place, it would be helpful if the site offered more tools to help teachers differentiate learning for students at different levels. But, for the site's vast, searchable collection alone, teachers may find it a valuable resource for integrating poems into their classes. Just keep in mind that the site isn't a one-stop shop for lesson planning, nor is it a one-stop learning experience for students.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Speaking & Listening
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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