Thursday, April 16, 2009

Poetry Resources from Annenberg Media

These resources from Annenburg Media will really add to your resources for poetry month. Immerse yourself and your students in the hour-long documentaries of "Voices & Visions." Featured poets include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and William Carlos Williams. Several programs are scheduled to air on the Channel in April; click on "Broadcast Dates" for details. Or select a poet of your choice and view the program using Video on Demand.

Our literary analysis series "Literary Visions" includes seven programs about different aspects of poetry.

Consider the historical relevance of American poetry in "American Passages: A Literary Survey," Program 10, "Rhythms in Poetry," and Program 15, "Poetry of Liberation."

Help young adolescents explore feelings and learn the power of written expression while developing as writers and readers of poetry. Two master teachers demonstrate strategies in "Teaching Poetry," the third workshop in "Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers."

Get upper elementary students started with poetry with this lesson plan on our Web site for "Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5." The page includes a link to a list of poems suggested for teaching the use of line breaks, repetition, and other devices.

Try out different teaching strategies presented in "Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades." Draw inspiration from the work of Nikki Grimes, whose characters in the novel "Bronx Masquerade" perform at an "open mike" poetry event at school. Grimes's poems appear on pages 17-20 of this PDF document.

"The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School" offers lessons plans for teaching poetry, like this one for teaching the work of Lawson Fusao Inada. Hear and read an excerpt of Inada's poem "Drawing the Line."

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