Eighth graders explore the life and works of Pablo Neruda. They complete an author map concerning his personal and professional life. Students identify the key components of an ode. They write an ode to a common object around their house.
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POETRY from The Poetry Foundation
From Seth Abramson to Fay Zwicky, from William Shakespeare and William Butler Yeats to Monica Youn and Al Young. If you’re looking for poems and/or poets, chances are this free resource, designed for your smart phone or tablet, has what...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Letters to Poets
Add a strong poetry instructional activity to your literature unit. Middle and high schoolers investigate their writing voices with journaling and group discussion, then choose a famous poet to study. They write letters to their chosen...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Picture Says a Thousand Words
Use photographs to trigger memories. Writers use a personal photograph as a starting point for an autobiographical writing exercise. They complete brainstorming activities that have them study their photograph before actually putting pen...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard," by Billy Collins
A good gift is hard to find. A “worn truth,” perhaps, as Billy Collins says in his poem, “The Lanyard,” but true nonetheless. After a study of Collins’ tribute to a mother’s love, young poets select an object that sends them “into the...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable