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Agha Shahid Ai: "Tonight"
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This poem guide from the Poetry Foundation allows students to gain a deeper understanding of an ancient Arabic form, re-envisioned by a contemporary poet.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Student Guide
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Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Dear Poet 2016 Lesson Plan
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In this unit of lesson plans from the Academy of American Poets, students will work through four different lesson plans in order to explore and interact with poetry.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Incredible Bridges: "Pursuit" by Elizabeth Bradfield
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In this lesson, students will explore the poem "Pursuit" by listening to the author read it and reading it themselves. Students will explore structure and the turn in the poem, as well as identify how the poet creates meaning through word choice and imagery.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Songs My Teacher Taught Me
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In this extensive, 20 class period unit from the Academy of American Poets, students will explore three different themes: "What is Poetry?", "Poems of Chidhood," and "Self and Society."

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Arabs in Finland" by Naomi Shibab Nye
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In this lesson, students will have paired discussion, analyze a painting by John Singer Sargent, and use these explorations to further delve in to the poem, "Arabs in Finland."

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Before a Painting" by James Weldon Johnson
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In this lesson, students will use both the painting "Sunrise on the Matterhorn" by Albert Bierstadt and the poem, "Before a Painting" in order to help them create their own tableau and explore the meaning in the poem.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke
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In this lesson, students will use a drawing by Anne Goldthwaite, Night Series: The Cat, in order to delve more deeply into the theme and meaning of the poem, "Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Don't Let me Be Lonely [Mahalia Jackson is a genius.]" by Claudia Rankine
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In this lesson, students will explore a video of Mahalia Jackson singing as well as analyze the prose poem, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely [Mahalia Jackson is a genius.]" by Claudia Rankine.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Everyday we get more illegal" by Juan Felipe Herrera
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In this lesson based on Arlo Guthrie's version of "Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) and the poem, "Everyday We Get More Illegal" by Juan Fellipe Herrera, students will explore the similarities between the two and discuss the relevancy of these works in today's environment.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa
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In this lesson from the Academy of American Poets, students will examine the Vietnam War through two photographs and the perspective of the speaker in the poem, "Facing It."

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Flores Woman" by Tracy K. Smith
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In this lesson, students will explore a Smithsonian article, "Hobbits' on Flores, Indonesia" and compare it with the poem, "Flores Woman" by Tracy K. Smith.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Ghosts and Fashion" by Elaine Equi
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In this lesson plan, students will examine and explore four different paintings and compare them with a poem, "Ghosts and Fashion" in order to deepen their understanding.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Haircut" by Elizabeth Alexander
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In this lesson from the Academy of American Poets, students will explore a painting, Aspect of Negro Life: Song of the Towers, and the poem "A Haircut" by Elizabeth Alexander. Students will also examine the structure of the poem in order to identify what makes it a prose poem.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Teach This Poem: "Hey Phil" by Juan Felipe Herrera
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In this lesson, students will explore a poem, a video of swing dance, and an excerpt of a speech from poet laureate Phil Levine, using all three mediums to create deeper meaning and understanding.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Poetry Foundation
Author:
Poetry Foundation
Date Added:
04/23/2019