Help for Educators

Looking for ways to incorporate poetry performance in your classroom? You've come to the right place!

Educational Benefits of Poem Performance
     Accomodation of Multiple Learning Styles
     Cooperative Learning
     Purposeful Learning
     Increased Engagement In & Understanding of Poetry

Seen a Poetry Alive! show and want to know what to do next? Check out these

Follow-up Activities!

Poetry Alive! in the Classroom
Article from The Florida Times-Union Florida
Letter from Escambia County Florida
Letter from Germantown School District Wisconsin
Letter from Appalachian State Univ. North Carolina

Keynote & Conference Appearances
Orange County Public Schools (FL) 8/4/2004
Staff Development for Educators (NH) 8/11/04
C. W. Post Center of Long Island University (NY) 8/12/2004
WCQS Public Radio (NC) 8/18/2004
Asheville Area Arts Council (NC) 9/2/2004
Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IL) 10/15/2004
South Carolina Arts Commission (SC) 10/26/2004
Alabama Reading Association (AL) 10/28/2004
Holt Rinehart & Winston Publishers (OH) 11/12/2004
Tennessee Reading Association (TN) 11/14/2004
NCTE Fall Conference 2004 (IN) 11/19/2004
Bellmore Union Free School District (NY) 1/22/2005
Core Knowledge Foundation (VA) 3/3/2005
University of Redlands (CA) 3/11/2005
Cherokee County Board of Education (AL) 3/18/2005
Florence County School District 3 (SC) 3/24/2005
United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake Co (NC) 4/19/2005
Adams County Arts Council (PA) 4/27/2005
International Reading Association (TX) 5/2/2005
American Association of School Librarians (IL) 10/5/2005
South Carolina Arts Commission (SC) 10/24/2005
NCTE Fall Conference 2005 (PA) 11/21/2005

Visit our Show Map to see listings of our in-school performances during the 2004-2005 school year.

Internet Resources for Teachers

(see also the Student Research page for additional resources)

Poetry & Literature Center of The Library of Congress
The Home Page for the Poetry and Literature Center for the Library of Congress. Contains information about the Poet Laureate, Poetry Cybercasts, Center Events, the Bobbitt Prize, the Witter Bynner Fellowships, and an Archive of Recorded Poetry & Literature.
National Poetry Month
The Academy of American Poets presents poems, biographies of poets, historical and thematic poetry exhibits, events calendars, discussion forums, contest information, and much more. This page highlights the activities for National Poetry Month (April).
Yahoo Literary Periods and Movements
A quick reference guide to sites focusing on literary movements from Elizabethan to the Beat Generation.
Shakespeare on the Web
A complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet. Plus, it presents new Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet, such as: A Shakespeare Timeline; The Shakespeare Canon; Rowe's prefaced to his 1709 edition of the Works; Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare; and The Prefatory materials from the First Folio.
Bob's Byway: Glossary of Poetic Terms
A Unique Guide for the Study of Poetry featuring: Phonetic pronunciation; Cross references; Broad range of definitions; Numerous examples; Hyper-linked keywords & cross references; A wealth of poetic quotations; and Writers' guidelines.
Norton Poets
Articles, poetry and a free informative monthly poetry newsletter.
Poetry Resources
poetry related news, books and web resources

National Council of Teachers of English
Tools and resources specific to every teacher.
Education Week
Latest K-12 educational insight and information on developments and programs affecting public and private elementary and secondary education.

Lesson Plans

Poet's Corner - Gale Group
Gale has assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics. Within this site, teachers and students can: Read biographies of well-received poets; Take a quiz based on these poets and their works; Follow a timeline of events that traces the poetry movement; Partake in activities taken from Gale's Exploring Poetry CD-ROM; Discover the poems and the concepts behind them.
Learn how to inspire a love of poetry in your students and teach kids how to write different types of poems. Fun poetry activities for your students, including poetry race, rhyme time riddles, and more.
Outta Ray's Head--The Poetry Page
A collection of lesson plans with handouts by Ray Saitz and many contributors; all of the lessons have been used and refined in the classroom.
Thom Prentice Favorite Bookmarks for Teachers
More lesson plans...
Steven Michael Harris's Links to Writing Resources
A ton of links for ideas to get kids writing in the classroom.
The New York Times Daily Lesson Plan
From The New York Times on the web Learning Network, lessons plans using poetry for grades 6-12.

Just for Fun!
Poetry 4 Teachers
Teachers, here is a collection of poems to relieve stress from the day to day experiences of teaching elementary school. Poem Submissions from teachers are also accepted.
Poetry Alive! Message Board
A discussion group for all teachers and students of poetry.

We value your opinion!
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