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January 2004

Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
Super poetry resource from the Library of Congress.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional

This site from the Library of Congress offers a poem to be read for every day of the school year in hopes that high schools will incorporate the readings into the school day.
The site has a simple layout that is easily read. The background colors and text work well together.
The poems are listed on an index page that can be accessed from a link at the top middle of the page. There is also a bottom menu bar that points to other areas of the site.

Listening to poetry can be an enriching experience and Poetry 180 seeks to make it a regular part of the high school day. United States Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, has selected one hundred and eighty poems to be read to American high school students, one each day of the school year. The poems were selected from the works of contemporary poets such as Martha Collins, Jane Kenyon, George Bradley, Edward Field, and Thomas Lux. The Library of Congress created the site hoping "to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year." Included at the site are some guidelines for implementing Poetry 180 and tips from the Poet Laureate on how to read a poem aloud.


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