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 Projects with Poetry


  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
  • Educational Technology


  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • Advanced


Brief Description

Students explore a variety of poems, find one poem they feel a particular connection to, and share that poem by reading it aloud to their classmates. Students then create videos of their readings to share with other classes.


Students will:

  • View videos from the Favorite Poem Project.
  • Discuss the videos as a class, exploring what about each of the readings appealed -- or didn't appeal -- to them.
  • Explore poems from a variety of sources, both print and online.
  • Find poems they feel a particular connection to, and then share those poems by reading them aloud to their classmates.
  • Create videos of their favorite poems to share with other classes.


Poetry, video

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • Computer(s) with Internet access
  • Favorite Poem Project Video Collection
  • A large variety of resources -- including books and Web Sites -- students can use to explore poems and choose a favorite.
  • Camcorder or digital video camera

Lesson Plan

This lesson is designed to help students find a connection to a poem.

Lead students through the following steps:

  • Show 6-10 Favorite Poem Project video segments.
  • Ask students to write a response to the segment that spoke to them most strongly.
  • Discuss what appealed to them (or what didn't appeal) in each video, what they noticed, and so on. Ask what they think makes a good reading of a poem.
  • Ask: "What poetry is in your head?" "Is there a poem you know well enough to recite?" Encourage students to recite any poems they know.
  • Invite students to find a poem they like, read it to the class, and talk about they like it. Then provide time for students to find their poems. Tell students they should:
    • Write out the poem legibly. (It is not sufficient to bring in a sheet printed from the Internet, or a book with a bookmark in it.)
    • Look up any unfamiliar words in the poem and prepare definitions.
    • Practice at least three times reading the poem aloud.
    • Think about (but do not write out) what they will say about the personal significance of the poem.
  • Encourage students to share their poems and speak about what in the poem drew them to it.
  • Have students work in pairs to create videos of their poetry readings.
  • Encourage students to share their videos with other classrooms, at a parent open house, or at a classroom poetry slam.


Students will be evaluated on their participation in the various activities.

Lesson Plan Source

Favorite Poem Project

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies

NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications tools
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools


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