Poetry

June 5, 2018
“Teachers sometimes shy away from poetry. They’re afraid that kids won’t be able to relate,” says Morningside Center senior program manager Daniel Coles.   “But we find that students often love to…
February 13, 2017
Preparation To prepare for this lesson:  Make copies for students of this handout about Black History Month Make copies for students of this handout with quotes Preview and prepare for students…
January 28, 2016
Jon, an 8th grader in our PAZ After-School Program at PS 214 in the Bronx, wrote this poem as part of a PAZ project leading up to Martin Luther King Day. The project included discussions about Black…
June 11, 2015
Sharing a poem Ask students to arrange their seats in a circle, if they aren't already seated this way.  Give students a copy of the poem "Half Full, Half Empty, Half Over" by Lucille Wionna. …
September 28, 2014
To the Teacher:   September 15 was the start of this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Like American Indian Heritage Month in November, Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month…
May 31, 2014
To the teacher: The remarkable poet and writer Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014.  This activity, structured as a circle, invites students to consider Angelou’s poem Still I Rise.  (It can be…
July 23, 2011
by Alan Shapiro   In addition to Stephen Kinzer's Overthrow, which is reviewed on this website, some suggestions for worthwhile summer reading.   On Arabs, Islam, Iran, Iraq   Albert Hourani, A…
July 23, 2011
Student Reading 1 The word is not the thing   Suddenly people were pouring expensive French wines and champagnes down sewers. By order of Representative Bob Ney of Ohio, french fries became "…
July 23, 2011
Lesson in brief:  Students will examine how feelings are described and expressed in a poem. They will employ a literary device to write about their own feelings. Handout (below):  "I Know Why the…
July 23, 2011
To the teacher: A typical assignment of a poem is to ask students to read it in a text and then answer the questions that follow. In contrast, an inquiry approach might focus not on text questions…