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April, 2009

Teachers Domain: Poetry
Everywhere Collection

Videos and lessons to help students explore the power of language.
Grade Level: 9-12

This site offers ten videos as well as lessons to help students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. Videos are from the PBS Poetry Everywhere series.
This site is part of the larger Teachers Domain Web site, and requires (free) registration for full access. The simple layout includes a list of all videos and lessons on the main page. Videos are shown in a pop-up window. QuickTime is required.

The Poetry Everywhere Collection offers teachers a way to motivate students to read and enjoy poetry. Each video features the work of such notable poets as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Seamus Heaney, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Many of the poems are read by the poets themselves. Accompanying materials include background essays, teaching tips, and standards. Two fully developed lesson plans -- one for The Lanyard, by Billy Collins -- explore contrasting images. In another lesson -- for Selected Haiku, by Issa -- students analyze various haiku and then write their own. All the teaching materials are appropriate for grades 7-12.


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